EditShare, a specialist in shared media storage and tapeless workflow solutions, is showcasing its updated Field 2 portable shared storage device at NAB.
The Field 2 release dons a new design that enhances the aesthetic of any production workspace, operates on the brand new EditShare Storage v7 platform and supports Solid State Drives (SSDs), offering users up to six-times the performance as compared to the enterprise-class 7200 RPM drives.
“Our customers are deploying Field 2 for a wide range of productions – in environments ranging from broadcast trucks and sporting events to corporate offices and small post-production facilities,” said Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. “A Field 2 with Solid State Drives is ideal for any workgroup that demands the greatest possible performance in a small, portable box.”
An eight-drive Field 2 with SSDs can support nearly 50 streams of ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD 145 or over 140 streams of 25-Mbit video such as DV25 or XDCAM-EX 25.
All of the 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit attached NLE workstations as well as the ingest and playout servers at EditShare’s NAB booth will be powered by a single Field 2 shared storage server running with eight SSDs.
In addition, Field 2 now runs on EditShare Storage v7, the company’s new shared storage release. Storage v7 is built on the latest Linux kernel to deliver higher stream counts and smoother operation.
The enhanced operating system incorporates a new Quality of Service (QoS) module that allows users to reserve bandwidth for high-priority activities, such as real-time capture or playout, while limiting the bandwidth of low-priority activities.
At the network layer, EditShare Storage v7 supports the SMB2 networking protocol, enabling uncompressed 4K over 40-Gigabit Ethernet as well as improved stream counts with standard 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit connections.
Other new high-value features include EditShare Connect “Project Profiles,” a feature that allows administrators to define, by user, which media spaces are mounted and visible upon login; support for Active Directory Single Sign-On (SSO); a system status indicator and localization support for virtually any language.
In addition, EditShare Storage v7 enables Final Cut Pro X workgroups to use AFP-mounted spaces as SAN Volumes, giving editors the ability to store FCP X “Libraries,” “Events” and “Projects” on central storage.