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Avid Unveils VideoRAID Family of High-Performance, Low-Cost Storage Solutions.

Avid Technology, Inc. has unveiled the Avid VideoRAID family of storage systems that deliver up to 5 terabytes (TB) of high-efficiency storage with guaranteed real-time access for multi-stream, high-bandwidth standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) workflows. Unlike other competitive RAID products that suspend performance in the event of a drive failure, the new Avid VideoRAID line delivers uninterrupted real-time performance, even during a drive rebuild. The new systems - the Avid VideoRAID RTR320 and RTR320X - are the first in a series of low-cost parity RAID storage products that Avid plans to introduce as a result of acquiring Medea Corporation in January of 2006. While terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, the deal further expands Avid's position as a leading provider of high-performance storage solutions for content creators in film, video, audio, broadcast, and animation.

"Avid's storage products are recognized industry-wide for their guaranteed real-time performance capabilities. With Medea's low-cost RAID offerings in our portfolio, we now have a tremendously compelling entry point to the Avid family of storage solutions," states Chas Smith, vice president and general manager of Avid's Video division. "Avid has an extremely diverse mix of customers, all of whom work within different production environments and have unique storage demands. Now, Avid can meet the needs of virtually any professional in the industry - with cost-effective RAID storage for standalone editing and finishing systems, facility-class Ethernet or Fibre Channel shared-storage systems for networked collaboration, and enterprise-class shared-storage with distributed intelligence and unlimited scalability."

Martin Bock, former president of Medea and recently appointed vice president of business development for the Medea product family at Avid, adds, "Our VideoRAID products have had great success in the market because of the unmatched resiliency of our parity RAID technology and the real-time, high-bandwidth performance that enables completion of multi-stream SD and HD projects in record time. When compared to competitive RAID solutions, customers will find that Avid VideoRAID systems deliver superior performance at a lower price per gigabyte."

The Avid VideoRAID product line leverages the combined bandwidth of multiple drives - with capacity of either 250GB or 500GB per drive - in storage arrays that provide real-time access to SD and HD media assets. The VideoRAID RTR320 and RTR320X systems are built around five-drive and 10-drive storage arrays, respectively, with one of every five drives functioning as a parity drive to deliver extremely robust data protection without interrupting performance during drive rebuilds. The line, which comes in a range of configurations at low-cost price points, is qualified on the following Avid editing systems: Avid Liquid Chrome HD; Avid Liquid Pro; Avid Xpress(R) Pro; Avid Xpress Studio; NewsCutter XP (with or without Avid Mojo); Media Composer Adrenaline(TM) and Media Composer Adrenaline HD; NewsCutter Adrenaline; Avid DS Nitris; and Avid Symphony Nitris.

Specific features of the VideoRAID RTR320 and RTR320X systems include:

  • Guaranteed real-time performance and availability (even during drive rebuild);
  • Scalable storage capacity ranging from 1.25TB to 5TB;
  • An Ultra320 LVD SCSI, 68-pin VHDCI connection (dual channel for RTR320X);
  • Single or dual Ultra320 SCSI RAID controller(s);
  • Single or dual 250-watt power supply module(s);
  • Hot swappable drive modules; and
  • Support for up to four RTR320 or two RTR320X units for a maximum 10 TB of raw storage per Avid-qualified workstation.

Pricing & Availability
The following chart includes pricing for the new Avid VideoRAID systems. All prices are USMSRP and based on specific configurations that range in drive capacity (250 GB or 500 GB) and storage array size (5 or 10 drives):




Avid VideoRAID Configuration: 1.25 TB total storage (5-250 GB drives)
Avid VideoRAID RTR320: $3,929
Avid VideoRAID RTR320X: $4,839(a)




Avid VideoRAID Configuration: 2.5 TB total storage (5-500 GB drives)
Avid VideoRAID RTR320: $6,669
Avid VideoRAID RTR320X: $7,559(a)




Avid VideoRAID Configuration: 2.5 TB total storage (10-250 GB drives)
Avid VideoRAID RTR320X: $7,999




Avid VideoRAID Configuration: 5 TB total storage (10-500 GB drives)
Avid VideoRAID RTR320X: $13,499




(a) 10-drive array with 5 storage drives and 5 open bays for future
expansion.


Avid is currently accepting orders for the new Avid VideoRAID systems. The new products can be ordered through either the Avid or Medea worldwide reseller channels, or through Avid directly. For complete information about Avid VideoRAID storage products, please visit www.avid.com/videoRAID.

Avid will continue to offer its existing local storage solutions, including its Avid MediaDock and Avid MediaDrive systems - as well as all other Medea storage products - through both Avid's and Medea's worldwide reseller channels. For more information about Medea's RAID product line, please visit www.medea.com.