EVO Shared Storage Workflow Solutions & Performance

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EVO is a shared storage solution for multimedia production.

The system is developed and tuned for the workflow needs of professional TV, film, video, graphics, VFX, animation, virtual reality, audio, and broadcast production.

EVO enables your whole crew to share a high-performance, consolidated storage system. Everyone can participate in the workflow for a truly collaborative experience.

 

 

A RAID-protected NAS + SAN server. Incredibly fast and easily expandable.

With an SNS EVO shared media storage server, you can connect and share everything. You’ll spend less and still get better performance.

Features

  • NAS + SAN
  • Ethernet and 10Gb Ethernet
  • Fibre Channel and iSCSI
  • File and Volume-Level sharing
  • Avid Bin and Project sharing
  • RAID-protected, optimized for multimedia workgroups
  • Direct attach up to 28 computers — simply add a switch for more

Benefits

  • Share everything from 6K to ProRes
  • Native Avid Project and Bin sharing, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro Project sharing, Final Cut Pro/FCPX, Pro Tools file sharing
  • Import once, instantly share
  • File/Live ingest, edit, playout directly to/from shared storage
  • Share proxies, sound effects, and images
  • Share between Macs and PCs

Advantages

  • ShareBrowser File/Project/Asset management app included
  • No per-seat licensing
  • Attach desktops, notebooks, iMacs
  • Supports Final Cut Pro/FCP X, Avid, Adobe CC/Premiere Pro, Smoke, Scratch, Resolve, EDIUS, Pro Tools and more
  • Intuitive Web-based admin tools
  • 24×7 tech support available

 

Digital content producers all over the world are choosing the EVO shared storage system.

They’ve discovered that it offers the perfect blend of price, performance, connectivity, and expandability for their organization.

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Buying a new storage system should be easier.

Find out why editors everywhere are happily choosing SNS.

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See EVO and ShareBrowser for yourself, in action and personalized to your workflow, before making your selection. Get hands-on with the GUI and features so that you can be confident you get the best storage system for your team.

 

 

Get Outstanding Performance from Fewer Disks

Our customers love to push the envelope, so EVO supports the most demanding video – such as 6K, 4K, 10-bit uncompressed HD, and stereoscopic 3D – over 10GbE Ethernet or Fibre Channel.
Notebooks, iMacs, Mac Minis, and other Ethernet-based computers can do up to 8-bit uncompressed HD or multiple streams of OfflineRT and formats such as ProRes HQ and DNxHD using just a standard single GbE port.

Check out the stream chart for an example of what you can do with a storage pool of only 8 disks…

Codec & Frame Rate Streams EVO Unique Video Streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
Avid DNxHD 36 1080p @ 23.976 84
84 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
ProRes 422 (145) @ 29.97 35
35 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
ProRes 422 HQ (220) @ 29.97 26
26 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
ProRes 422 HQ 4K (720) @ 23.98 10
10 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
ProRes 4444 4K @ 23.98 6
6 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
Uncompressed 10 Bit HD @ 29.97
RED 6K 5:1 WS @ 23.98
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4 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)
ProRes 4444 4K @ 29.97 3
3 streams (8 Disks, RAID 5)

 

For comparison

If you’re comparing specs with other storage systems the first thing to note is that we fill our disks to near capacity, then we start the real tests. That’s important, because it’s easy to get higher numbers on new, barely used disks. So, the numbers in our stream chart above represent a much harder test — they show what you can expect from an EVO after extensive use, not just what you’ll get when it’s fresh out of the box. We capture many individual varied-length clips using several Mac and HP workstations and professional NLEs. The clips are stacked in the timelines, mercilessly chopped up, and edited with transitions/dissolves while random starts, stops and scrubs are performed on the workstations. (We also run Finder copies during captures and playback!) After that, the tests loop continuously over several days.

Learn about comparing stream charts.

Read our story to see what sets us apart.

How do we get our stream counts? RAID 5 — not RAID 50 — with the file system at least 75% full, was used in all cases. Testing was conducted using 8 bay EVO Q2 2017 series model, loaded with 8 x 8TB disks, Mac and HP workstations direct-attached with GbE and 10GbE, AFP or SMB, Final Cut Pro 7, FCPX, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, and simultaneous unique clips (independent files) of various sizes. Stream counts do not apply to Nearline or Prodigy models.

 

 

EVO combines a high-performance, purpose-built storage array with the most extensive connectivity options available for digital video shared storage.

Watch a two minute video to see a few highlighted features.



 

Connectivity

EVO offers both Ethernet and Fibre Channel, which isn’t something you’ll find in most storage systems. This means you’ll have access right out of the box to both volume sharing SAN storage and file/folder locking NAS features, which provide ultimate flexibility and storage consolidation for your digital video post production workflow.

You can even repurpose older storage, such as an Xserve RAID, with EVO’s built-in FC-to-Ethernet bridging capabilities!

Sharing

Stop wasting time copying huge files! EVO enables each user to capture, edit, share, and play in real-time — all on central storage — while providing fast access to shared media and other assets from every suite.

Compatibility

Video formats — Uncompressed, Animation, 6K, ProRes, DNxHD, RED/R3D, DVCProHD, XDCAM, DV, HDV — have very different performance needs, in terms of not only bandwidth but also disk spindles. Some require more complex disk configurations, especially in a shared storage workflow environment.

We test and optimize for peak performance with the leading codecs and applications, assuring compatibility with your needs.

Read more about EVO’s Features for media professionals.

 

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