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Archion Debuts New Synergy XTR at NAB 2011

Burbank, CA (April 11, 2011) – Specifically designed for Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork™ users that need to expand their capacity, replace older Avid drives or improve bandwidth rates to meet today’s demanding workflow requirements,

Archion Technologies

’ Synergy XTR™ is making its world debut at this year’s

National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB 2011)

. Archion’s complete line of storage solutions is on display in Booth SL5929 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, April 11-14.

Archion Synergy XTR

Like Synergy UXE, which offers the highest performance RAID protected add-on storage for the Avid Unity, the new Synergy XTR is designed to offer complete compatibility with Avid MediaNetwork systems and greater ease of management. Further enhancing Unity Media Engines, multiple Synergy XTR chassis can be attached to a Unity 5.1 to deliver the maximum capacity of 128 Terabytes (TB) of usable protected storage. It can also help maximize the Unity 4.2x with nearly 40 TB of fully protected storage. Offering better throughput on the standard 4 GB model, Synergy XTR can double Avid’s 4 GB performance with the optional 8 GB upgrade.

“Avid’s Unity MediaNetwork is the most widely used and successful SAN for Avid workflows, and we are committed to providing the best solutions for preserving the investment and confidence made in that platform,� said Reuben Lima, Chief Operating Officer of Archion. “The global client base deserves the best option available without requiring a forklift upgrade and a complete infrastructure change from Fibre Channel to Gigabit Ethernet. Our new Synergy XTR also underscores Archion’s commitment to continued advancements in storage technologies for Avid Unity environments.�

“Synergy XTR builds on the reputation that our Synergy product line has earned for ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and reliability,� added James Tucci, Chief Technology Officer of Archion. “In addition, our 8 GB solution eliminates Avid’s 4 GB performance limitation by doubling bandwidth rates to support high-resolution file-based workflows.�

Archion’s Synergy XTR is the result of a decade of experience in providing Avid Unity MediaNetwork-based solutions. Archion engineers created the award-winning and patented Vdisk ™ with advanced storage technologies that enables plug and play integration of hardware parity RAID into Unity MediaNetwork storage systems without changing any workflow. Synergy XTR eliminates the need to mirror storage or compromise media, enabling Unity MediaNetwork owners to now add storage at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, it improves their protection, scalability and performance while protecting their investment.

Synergy XTR provides better protection with less storage overhead than Unity RAID. Because Synergy XTR is configured in RAID level 5, this can provide more than 60% more usable storage than mirroring. In addition, the RAID controller manages the disk drives, RAID sets and Vdisks in a more efficient manner, requiring far fewer drives than Avid storage subsystems to deliver higher capacities and resolutions.

With its highly intelligent built-in hardware 4 or 8 GB RAID controller to manage storage more efficiently, Synergy XTR automatically rebuilds a faulty drive so the rest of the network is unaffected by a drive failure. Archion’s system consistently checks, identifies and repairs drive errors while ensuring constant data flow. If one of the drives should fail, the hot spare drive kicks in and automati¬cally and seamlessly rebuilds the data. Clients continue to work and log on and off as normal without affecting the Unity operation.

All Synergy XTR systems come pre-configured, enabling them to be simply plugged into the storage port on the Unity and a data set to be added or created. Designed to work with Unity Media Engine 5.x, 4.2x and 4.1x, Synergy XTR can deliver 8, 16 or 32 TB of storage in a compact three-unit rack.

About Archion

Archion Technologies, based in Burbank, CA, is a leading provider of intelligent networked storage solutions specifically designed for post production and graphic professionals. Founded by a team of post production, technology, and entertainment industry professionals in 1999, Archion set out to create a new standard of data protection and performance for those creating video, audio, and graphical content. Since then, Archion’s high-performance storage technology has been critical to the success of hundreds of TV and feature film projects and is prominently used in Avid, Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and Pro Tools environments.

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