Facilis at IBC 2015


Just as summer starts drawing to a close our minds turn to Amsterdam and IBC. Once again, Facilis will be exhibiting with a booth in Hall 7 (#7.C10) and we would love to meet you during the show.

One thing that IBC illustrates very clearly is the broad diversity of companies that operate in, and influence the broadcast industry. The subtext to this is that these companies need to work together to promote interoperability between our products, systems and platforms.

This will be a key focus of our exhibit at IBC this year. From our booth in Hall 7, we will highlight co-operative partnership agreements with Adobe, Telestream, VSN and Marquis Broadcast to simplify the integration of Facilis products within a multi-vendor technology ecosystem. It is appropriate that we are exhibiting within Hall 7 again this year since visitors will find many of these companies within a stone’s throw of our booth.

Of course, we will be giving European debuts to a range of new Facilis products. These new products are a response to customer feedback and meet real customer needs – from a system capable of concurrent HD editorial and 4K finishing workflows, to an easy way to track and search the terabytes of media they use, and an entry-level system for deploying in smaller workgroups when budgets are tight. Equally important is our partnerships with other leading technology vendors. We don’t operate in isolation – our aim is to ensure that our products and systems enable our partner products to work at their highest potential for our cooperative customers.

Amongst the Facilis products being introduced to the European market for the first time at IBC are:

TerraBlock 24D/HA Hybrid Array includes a drive group of 8 x SSDs for ultra-high performance, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB or 80TB combined capacity. The 24D /HA is designed to deliver the performance required for uncompressed 4K finishing, along with scale-out collaborative editorial, in the same system. Using the TerraBlock Virtual Volumes, project-based SSD and HDD allocations can be created on the fly to meet various format and workflow requirements.

TerraBlock 8D is an 8-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system aimed at smaller workgroups with smaller budgets. Like Facilis' larger servers, this 2U rack-mountable server combines the Facilis Shared File System with virtual volume workflow and performance. The 8D includes 4 x 1GbE Ports and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10Gig E connections. The TerraBlock 8D can be expanded by connecting to additional TerraBlocks as the workflow requirements increase.

Facilis FastTracker is a comprehensive application for cataloging, searching, viewing and accessing 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, "Boolean" search capability and incremental indexing functionality.

You may still be focused on summer but it’s never too early to start planning your IBC visit. If you would like to arrange a meeting with one of our team of product and technology specialists, then drop us an email at and we’ll make sure that we have the best people prepped to meet you at IBC. We look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam.