NAB 2013: New EditShare Field 2 High-Performance, Mobile Shared Storage Designed For Every Production Adventure

Category: NAB
LAS VEGAS — EditShare is showing its new Field 2 portable shared storage solution, which offers asset management, file ingest, advanced project sharing/bin locking and archiving capabilities in an all-in-one, high-performance, compact and rugged chassis designed for on-the-go and on-location productions.

With an optional integrated Flow SDI ingest card, users can record up to two channels of HD in leading codecs (XDCAM-EX35, DNxHD, DVCProHD, etc.). The edit-while-capture capability of Flow lets users start editing the moment they begin recording - ideal for ENG scenarios where time is of the essence for fast turnaround late-breaking news stories. With an optional lightweight expansion unit, Field 2 can scale up to 24 Terabytes. And using the integrated EditShare Sync Tool (TM), users can send data from a remote location back to home base over a simple Internet VPN connection.

Field 2 comes with several different 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard drive options - including 10K SAS and SSD - to let users optimize for what counts the most - greatest amount of storage, highest performance, lowest weight and best economy. Each four-drive set of 3.5-inch drives can support a "baseline performance" of eight streams of ProRes HQ or DNxHD 220 or 24 streams of 25-Mbit video such as DV25 or XDCAM-EX 25. An eight-drive Field with 2.5 inch 10K SAS drives provides about a two-fold increase in performance. An eight-drive Field with 2.5-inch SSD drives provides about a six-fold increase over the baseline.

With an optional 10-Gigabit Ethernet card, users can connect a Field 2 system to a 10-Gigabit switch, which is the recommended configuration if they are using Field 2 with other EditShare servers (XStream, Energy, Flow or Ark) on the same network.

EditShare's Extreme Scalable Architecture (ESA) allows connecting multiple Field units together on a single network, or connecting a Field unit to other rack-mounted EditShare servers, where they all just appear as a single storage pool.

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