IBC 2015 - Facilis Recap

IBC 2015:  What an amazing show for Facilis! We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth. We also have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

If you couldn't attend IBC 2015 in Amsterdam this year don't worry, we have all of the exciting Facilis news here for you!

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, Facilis (booth # 7.C10) announced new offerings for both high-end and budget-conscious facilities, along with an all-new digital asset tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Learn more about these products here.  

New Products:

TerraBlock 24D/HA: 

The TerraBlock 24D/HA, Hybrid Array includes a drive group of 8 x 1TB SSDs for ultra-high performance, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB combined capacity. This unit has more than twice the performance of the 24D in a single chassis. You can view our performance table here. Since TerraBlock is a virtual volume system, facility administrators can create unique volume configurations that make the best use of the capacity and scalability of HDDs and the consistency of speed and bandwidth inherent in SSDs. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16 drive group delivers the collaborative experience for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows.

TerraBlock 8D: 

The TerraBlock 8D is an 8-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system with all the features of the larger TerraBlock systems. This 2U rack-mountable server includes the Facilis Shared File System. The 8D includes standard Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded in the field to support Fibre channel and 10GigE connections, making it very attractive for facilities looking for a cost-effective way to expand existing Fibre channel storage. 

Upcoming TerraBlock V6.5 Features:

TerraBlock Software Version 6.5 will include new scalability features and workgroups. Interoperability with third-party applications has been further increased along with performance enhancements for resolution independent workflows. Additional features include:

  • Cascading Volumes enable seamless expansion of storage capacity among multiple drive groups and servers, all without moving or copying data.
  • Windows Growing File Support helps our customers incorporate capture and encode automation, along with popular edit-during-ingest workflows on Windows as well as OSX.
  • Increased User and Volume count up to 250 connected multi-platform users with no per-seat fees through the Facilis Shared File System and increase in Volume count to 1000.


FastTracker is a comprehensive application for cataloging, searching and viewing many media types within the Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System, including all major QuickTime, MP4, and MXF codecs, along with DPX and TARGA image sequences, to name a few. This easy-to-use system includes custom metadata tagging, catalog user permissions, and "Boolean" search capability. With no browser-based dependencies, this application is the fastest way to find clips, view them, and bring them into a project.

Product Availability

The TerraBlock 24D/HA and TerraBlock 8D are shipping now. Facilis FastTracker software and TerraBlock Software Version 6.5 are expected soon.

Customer Case Studies:

From the Netherlands to Dubai and the U.K., creative shops around the world are building TerraBlock into their workflows, harnessing the high bandwidth, speed, flexibility, and scalability of the system to advance operations. These customers include Dubai-based broadcaster Dubai Media Incorporated, Netherlands-based design, creative consultancy, and production agency Tinker Imagineers and U.K-based integrated communications agency DRP Group.