SNS helps Green Planet make planet greener

One of the great things about creating products for companies that make films is that sometimes those companies are so happy with your stuff they make a video to let you know how much they like your products!

We recently received a short video from one of our customers, Green Planet Productions – a Sundance Film Festival audience award winner – showing us how happy they are with our SANmp SAN sharing software. Based just blocks from the sunny shores of Santa Monica’s famous beach, Green Planet Productions’ studio cranks out content that shifts the direction of the global economy.

Green Planet Production’s films have been the impetus for billions of dollars of investment into new energy technologies, for the creation of future forward businesses; like algae to fuel farms in the desert, and for landmark legislation that protects, defends and upholds our environmental commons.

Thanks Green Planet!!

Have a great story to tell about how you’re using our products? Send us a video and we’ll post it here!

Eric Newbauer: August 22, 2013 at 3:28PM in Blog

August 22, 2013 by Eric Newbauer in BLOG

PayPal support coming soon to globalSAN initiator customers

We’ve had more requests than normal lately from globalSAN customers who’d like to make their purchase with a payment method other than Google Wallet, and the overwhelming request is that we should support PayPal. So, we’re grateful for your recommendations and we’re happy to let you know that we’ll be supporting PayPal as a payment option for the initiator, starting in the 4th quarter of this year.

Thanks for your feedback! We’ll send out an update as soon as we’ve rolled out PayPal support.

Eric Newbauer: August 16, 2013 at 1:48PM in Blog

August 16, 2013 by Eric Newbauer in BLOG

5 Ways SNS Accelerates Xsan/StorNext Workflows

You probably already know that Xsan and StorNext enable multiple users to read and write to the same storage volume over a Fibre Channel network. But here are a few new and interesting things EVO can do with Xsan/StorNext to help accelerate your workflow…


5 Ways SNS Accelerates Xsan/StorNext Workflows

When you use Xsan or StorNext with EVO, you can:

1.) Build an Xsan/StorNext environment entirely over iSCSI with 1Gb Ethernet and 10Gb Ethernet. Xsan/StorNext require networked block level access to the storage for media. iSCSI provides block level access over Ethernet so you no longer have to use Fibre Channel only.

2.) Rather than forcing Ethernet clients through a slower gateway server using AFP or SMB, you can connect iMacs, laptops, and PCs to a higher performing shared SAN file system via iSCSI. Easily and inexpensively connect directly to Xsan/StorNext environments using multiple 1GbE or 10GbE uplinks on EVO.

3.) Extend the return on your investment by bridging and repurposing your old existing Fibre Channel storage (Active/Xserve RAID/Promise) to also be available over iSCSI 1GbE and 10GbE with SNS EVO. EVO enables you to augment and upgrade an existing Xsan/StorNext installation over Fibre Channel, OR purely over Ethernet.

4.) Turn a Mac mini into an Xsan Metadata controller over Fibre Channel or iSCSI. Today’s Mac mini servers are quite powerful machines, which don’t take up a lot of space or energy. Using Thunderbolt adapters and expansion chassis they can be easily turned into replacements for aging Xserves. SNS also offers very flexible StorNext primary and secondary hardware metadata controllers at a fraction of the cost of other leading solutions.

5.) Turn your Thunderbolt, FireWire, and other direct-attached disks into Ethernet SAN storage by bridging them to iSCSI and sharing them with Xsan and StorNext.

Contact us now to learn how to leverage Xsan or StorNext.


Specialized collaborates on FCP X projects with Xsan

“We tried getting Final Cut Pro X and CatDV working with another storage solution,” explained Aaron Vogel, Video Specialist, Specialized. “For some companies, the other system may have been acceptable, but we needed a solution that would enable our whole team to collaborate on projects with centrally stored media. The previous solution just wouldn’t allow us to use FCP X and CatDV the way we needed. Running EVO with Xsan and FCP X over Ethernet with iSCSI works precisely as I had envisioned, allowing us to grow our team and collaboratively log and edit our massive library of Specialized media.”

— Aaron Vogel, Video Specialist, Specialized Bicycle Components



SNS EVO 4K Workflow Solutions for Sony 4k Cameras (July 30th)

Join AbelCine and Studio Network Solutions (SNS) for an in-depth look at SNS EVO Shared Storage workflow solutions for Sony’s F55, FS700, F65 4K Cameras.

Tuesday, July 30th in New York City

Eric Newbauer: July 27, 2013 at 12:18PM in Blog

July 27, 2013 by Eric Newbauer in BLOG

EVO v5 – Proven shared storage solutions for media workflows

EVO is a complete, networked storage server solution for Video/Film/TV, graphics, VFX, animation, audio, and broadcast production environments.

The EVO shared media storage server combines a high-performance storage array with the most extensive connectivity options available in a single product – including 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel and 10 Gb/s Ethernet. EVO can be a SAN, a NAS, or both at the same time and is designed for online, real-time use with leading applications such as Final Cut Pro/FCP X, Avid, Smoke, Scratch, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Pro Tools.



EVO v5 is a beautiful blend of shared storage simplicity and performance, with just the right options to make it perfect for all your projects. The system includes the latest advancements in both hardware and software, starting under $7k.

Learn more about the new EVO v5

Hardware and Software features

  • NOW in 8 Bay or 16 Bay configurations
  • Dynamic volume/pool expansion
  • NOW shipping with 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB drives
  • NOW shipping 6Gbps SATA and SSD disk options
  • Up to 128TB per node
  • Nearly 2.5GB/s throughput
  • NOW supporting RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 10
  • NAS and network performance improvements
  • Remote monitoring, and hundreds of UI improvements


EVO is the choice of industry experts and top professionals

Leftfield Pictures, a leading producer of reality TV shows including Pawn Stars and American Restoration uses SNS EVO as the foundation of their file-based workflow. With over 14 shows in production, their busy shooting schedule requires running multiple production shifts resulting in approximately 10-15 P2 and SxS cards coming into the studio at all hours to be ingested. The post facility houses 120 Mac Pro and iMAC workstations running Final Cut Pro. All of the media is ingested and edited on a 550TB EVO system — using any, and sometimes all of the MAC workstations.

“We have more than 14 reality shows in production or airing. We’ve created content for over 400 episodes of reality TV, and we’re handling this high output all with EVO. There’s no better solution to handle our needs.”
– Brent Montgomery, Owner and Executive Producer, Leftfield Pictures, NY


Sarah Mason: April 15, 2013 at 4:52PM in Blog

April 15, 2013 by Editor in BLOG
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