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Grass Valley Debuts New K2 Media Server & Media Client System


announced the latest addition to its Profile line of storage devices, the Grass Valley brand K2 media server and media client system.

Designed specifically for the sharing and reuse of digital media assets, the open-standards based K2 system delivers high capacity, throughput, concurrency, and availability that a media-driven environment demands. The result is a system that supports, IT-centric, file-based playout and distribution workflows, simplifies installation and operation, and provides new levels of network control, all at nearly half the cost of other servers.

The K2 system is built around more advanced IT technologies than any other. As a result, it enables a file-based workflow without limitations, from real-time access to video to automated ingest of files from leading delivery services and remote operation to a full range of compressed distribution solutions for cost-effective operations.

Among the K2 system’s core technologies is the iSCSI (Internet SCSI) networking protocol that delivers high throughput and storage area network (SAN) performance over standard Ethernet connections. Using Grass Valley’s patent-pending optimization techniques, the K2 system provides deterministic bandwidth and availability for critical applications such as editing and playout.

Streamlining the construction of high-performance, large-capacity infrastructures, the K2 system uses a Gigabit Ethernet backbone, eliminating the need for expensive Fiber Channel fabric and the overhead of its associated operational software. In very large installations, the K2 system can still leverage Fiber Channel technologies, but confines that use to equipment racks, saving users the headache of pulling new cable through existing facilities.

The K2 system also features on-board support of File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and common Internet File System (CIFS). This highly open approach enables it to handle file-based content from other critical applications, such as automation, archiving, billing, feature editing, traffic, and third-party storage packages.

Designed for HD bandwidths, the K2 system is available in two standard forms: an SD-only system that supports four bi-directional channels at up to 50 Mb/s, and a two-channel version that can be configured for HD and SD and has the option of adding two more input or output channels. AES and embedded audio is included, and the unit is capable of passing through Dolby E and AC3.

A K2 system starts at under $35,000. The system will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005.