SNS Introduces globalSAN X-24™

Complete Multi-Platform, Ethernet-based iSCSI SAN

Las Vegas, Nevada—April 18, 2005 — Studio Network Solutions (SNS) today unveiled the globalSAN X-24™, the company’s latest addition to the globalSAN X series of products, at the NAB Show, booth SL3331 in Las Vegas.

Following the successful introduction of the globalSAN X-8™ and X-16™, the first fully configured iSCSI SAN solutions to support Macintosh and Windows, the X-24 will provide large facilities with a better solution to manage their storage networking. The globalSAN X-24 package will include six terabytes of SATA storage and six iSANmp™ user licenses. The system can be upgraded to support additional users/storage.

“The responses we have received from our X-8 and X-16 have been remarkable,” stated Gary Holladay, SNS president. “This line of affordable, multi-platform system products that can handle Final Cut Pro, Avid and Pro Tools editing over an Ethernet connection is being embraced by studios and post-production facilities worldwide.”

Built on the company’s iSANmp™ dynamic volume sharing software, the iSCSI-based globalSAN product is the perfect solution for facilities that require a significant upgrade in networking performance, but do not have the need for a full-blown Fibre Channel SAN.

SNS’ new system offers a cost-effective pathway towards achieving performance nearing that of Fibre Channel. globalSAN X-24 employs the iSCSI protocol to enable an IP-based Storage Area Network. The easy-to-use, yet powerful technology enables a high-speed, lower-cost storage solution that is capable of spanning nearly any IP network. In order to take the globalSAN line of multi-platform products from concept to reality, SNS created an iSCSI initiator for the Macintosh. Currently, SNS is the only company in the world with this technology. The development process for the iSCSI initiator was guided by one very important premise: make it perform exceedingly well for audio and video applications.

One of the key advantages of the globalSAN line of products is its ability to offer block-level access to data over widely deployed IP-based networks, allowing secure and easy access over Local, Metropolitan, or WAN. For example, by installing a globalSAN system, a company in New York will not only be able to securely share data among its local users, but it can also share production information with a sister-company in Los Angeles, or backup to a remote storage location.

“Utilizing globalSAN for Production Content Delivery is everyday practice for some of our clients. Being able to securely mount a hard drive from anywhere in the world with point-to-point access is new to the audio and video industry. Integration with Content Management Systems and SNS’ upcoming production management software is a critical advance in Metadata input and the ability of an enterprise to ensure proper information input, starting with the ingest of content. Our customers’ need for advanced software and secure high speed LAN and WAN iSCSI solutions drives the need for the X-24’s bulletproof performance and reliability,” stated Holladay.

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

We have a valued network of resellers located throughout the United States… and the world. Whether you have a product question or you’re ready to place an order, we encourage you to contact us today.