EVO Shared Storage Features


EVO is a RAID-protected NAS + SAN shared media storage server. It’s incredibly fast, easily expandable, and its flexibility is unmatched.

With EVO, you can connect and share everything — and best of all, you’ll spend less and still get better performance. The EVO workflow-defined digital media storage server includes powerful, in-the-box support for features like project sharing, bin sharing, and easy-to-use asset management. It combines a high-performance storage array with the most extensive set of features and connectivity options available.

Every new EVO includes ShareBrowser — a new asset management and search app that ties all of your storage and project/media management into a single comprehensive window.

EVO can be a NAS, a SAN, or both at the same time and is purpose-built for digital media workflows and demanding use with the leading pro apps like Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro/FCP X, Adobe Premiere Pro/CC, and DaVinci Resolve.


Project sharing, bin sharing, file sharing, SAN & NAS for professional media applications.


Enough Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports to directly connect every computer in your workgroup.


High throughput, with overhead for the most demanding projects and 6K video workloads.


Ready for more capacity and direct-connect ports as your business continues to grow.



Project and Bin Sharing

projectsharingUse the native Project and Bin sharing functions of Avid, and take advantage of project sharing for Adobe Premiere Pro (plus file sharing for Pro Tools).

EVO unlocks the sharing capabilities of Media Composer — with several editors in the same Avid project, teams can easily collaborate by using shared Bins, exchanging access to Media and Sequences directly within Media Composer.

File and Volume Sharing

file-sharingEnjoy the flexibility and performance of both file and volume sharing. Some file types and workflows simply work better in a file sharing environment, while others prefer the more dedicated approach of volume sharing.

EVO allows you to use file sharing, volume sharing, or a combination of the two – providing multi-user write workspaces for sharing projects and bins, in addition to high performance SAN volumes for multi-cam and uncompressed workflows.

Includes ShareBrowser Desktop Client

ShareBrowser is a unified file/project/asset management interface for macOS and Windows. It is similar to Finder/Explorer, but designed by SNS specifically to help media teams work and collaborate more efficiently.

The ShareBrowser Desktop Client not only improves visibility and access to your team’s storage systems, it conveniently enables automatic project locking for FCP, Premiere Pro, and Pro Tools — as well as Avid project and bin sharing. ShareBrowser-Client It allows you to search across all EVO storage as well as local, offline, and other network disks. Assets and custom metadata can be instantly added to the shared database, and users can more easily find, preview, and share media assets and projects. And now, cloud services can appear as workspaces just like your other network storage. ShareBrowser even gives you the capability to securely ingest and migrate data using built-in verification tools!



NAS – AFP, SMB, and More

Unify your storage and simplify your workflow with AFP, SMB, NFS, FTP, and SFTP file sharing. Simply tell EVO how you want each volume to be shared: NAS-only, SAN-only, or SAN+NAS. It’s your call.

GbE and 10 Gigabit Ethernet

EVO can be upgraded to 10GbE, which is a great solution for sites with many Ethernet users. Connect EVO directly to a switch’s 10Gbps Uplink port, then attach each computer to any of the switch’s 1Gbps ports.

You can even have multiple 10GbE ports (or GbE ports) in EVO so all users can connect directly into the system without a switch.

Fibre Channel & iSCSI SAN

Fibre Channel or iSCSI? SAN or NAS? Block level or file level? Why limit yourself to just one? With EVO, you have it all in one centralized RAID system. NAS and SAN integrated into one easy-to-use server.


You can extend the life of your older Fibre Channel storage array by connecting it to EVO and bridging it over Ethernet (iSCSI or NAS). It’s a great way to setup tiered storage for archiving!


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I/O Profiles

EVO is designed and built for digital artists who use applications like Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro and Pro Tools. These apps can have extraordinary I/O requirements, so EVO is tuned to give them exactly what they want, right out of the box. In the unlikely event you need more precise tuning, you can create your own “I/O Profiles” and assign one to any volume on-the-fly.


Advanced caching algorithms help to make EVO capable of handling more video streams per array than most shared storage systems. This means you can do more work with a fewer number of disks, which results in a less expensive, more reliable, energy conscious storage solution.


A popular method of increasing transfer speed is to use more than one data pipe per computer. EVO offers several ways to take multiple physical connections — Fibre Channel or Ethernet paths — and combine them homogeneously for higher SAN throughput.

Preset for Video Apps

EVO is configured with its defaults preset for use with professional video editing applications. These presets will give excellent performance with other applications too, but if you’re primarily using applications like Pro Tools or Logic Pro with very high track counts, simply change EVO’s I/O profile from Video to Audio for maximum performance.



  NAS Recycle Bin

Somebody accidentally trashed something important? No problem. With EVO’s recycle bin you can easily restore deleted files, and you can configure when the trash should be taken out for good.

  USB Storage Docking

USB drives and card readers can be connected directly to EVO’s on-board USB ports and will show up automatically as NAS shares for your users.

  Cloud Integration

Cloud services such as Dropbox and Adobe Creative Cloud can be integrated and appear as workspaces just like your other network storage.


EVO can connect to a remote authentication server (Active Directory or LDAP) to get user names and groups. You can then assign permissions to EVO resources based on these accounts for easier management.



Volume Growth

Your company is growing faster than expected, and you’re running out of space. What now? Increase capacity by phasing in larger disks or adding more drives to your existing storage pools.

Fibre Channel Ports

EVO accommodates up to twelve direct-attach Fibre Channel ports in each base unit. Need more Fibre Channel ports? No problem — you can also connect a switch to any available port.

Enterprise Class Drives

You can start with as few as four disks, then add up to a total of 16 in the base unit. Expansion units are also available, bringing the total number of disks per managed system to 80. As you add capacity, you can also increase the system’s overall capability. An unlimited number of base/expansion nodes can be integrated into a facility.


Ethernet Ports

Up to 28 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports are available, giving you an easy and inexpensive way to quickly add more computers to the storage system. You can also choose to add 10GbE ports for maximum bandwidth over iSCSI and NAS.

Users (No per-seat software licensing)

Up to 28 users (workstations, notebooks, servers) can be direct-attached through EVO’s Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports. If you need to support more users, any available Fibre Channel or Ethernet port can be connected to a switch. And with EVO, there’s no per-seat software licensing costs for ShareBrowser, SANmp, and globalSAN.



Media Applications

EVO is designed and built for professional media editing and post-production applications like Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, CC/Premiere Pro, Resolve, Smoke, Scratch, and Pro Tools. In fact, it can be used with any application, but its prime directive is to handle the intense demands of video and audio editing, in real-time, by many concurrent users.

SAN Sharing / File Systems

The fastest and easiest way to share your SAN volumes is to use the SANmp SAN sharing software included with EVO. But if you’re already using something else, such as Xsan/StorNext, you can use that instead of SANmp if you prefer.

HBAs, Initiators, & Ethernet NICs

Fibre Channel workstations can connect to EVO using an HBA from Apple, ATTO, Emulex, or Qlogic. iSCSI users can connect to EVO using a 1GbE or 10GbE/10GBASE-T adapter and the included globalSAN iSCSI initiator for macOS or the Microsoft iSCSI initiator. NAS users can connect to EVO using a 1GbE or 10GbE/10GBASE-T adapter. ATTO, Myricom, Solarflare, or Sonnet adapters recommended for 10Gb Ethernet.

Operating Systems

EVO supports Mac and Windows. It can also be used with other operating systems, like Linux or Solaris. In fact, any operating system that supports iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, FTP, SFTP, SMB, or AFP can be used with EVO.



Web-based Admin Tools

Configuring and managing a storage system doesn’t have to be complicated. Much attention is given to EVO’s user interface design to make it both attractive and intuitive — the result is a very functional and helpful administration tool, with features ranging from the very basic to the very advanced. And since it’s web-based, it can be administered from just about anywhere.

UPS Monitoring

Protect your storage by connecting it to an APC Uninterruptible Power Supply. You’ll be able to easily configure and monitor the UPS through EVO’s web interface. If there’s a power problem detected, EVO can notify you by email and gracefully power itself off if necessary.

Drive Replacement

Only the highest quality, enterprise-class, RAID-edition SATA disks are used in EVO. However, disks fail; it’s an unfortunate reality. EVO can send an email to let you know if a drive fails — you can then do a hot swap or a cold swap to replace it with a new one. Not sure how to do a replacement? Step-by-step instructions are conveniently displayed in the web interface.

Email/SNMP Remote Monitoring

Select which events are important and monitor them via SNMP, or tell EVO to send an email or text message if it detects something happening.

Batch RAID Creation

Creating RAID volumes is simple, but it can be a time-consuming step during initial setup of any storage system. Use the Queue Manager to get your RAID sets defined just as you want them – using RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, or 10 – then click a button and move along to something else. Each new volume comes online almost instantly, and you can have EVO send you an email to let you know when it’s finished processing your queue.

Software Upgrades

Each new version of the EVO OS has brought many useful improvements and new features. With most other storage systems, once you own that box its capabilities aren’t going to change much, except for the occasional firmware upgrade. With EVO, you have an investment in an efficient and flexible storage server that can actually improve its tool set and usefulness over time, rather than having a feature-locked box.



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