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EditShare Ark 2.0 Provides a Safe Haven for Media

EditShare, a maker of cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, announced the availability of its new Ark 2.0 high-speed disk and LTO-4/LTO-5 tape based backup and archiving solutions. On display at IBC 2010, Ark 2.0 boasts a full array of media protection and workflow enhancements, most notably, its complete integration with EditShare Flow.

When combined with EditShare’s Ingest, playout, storage, and asset-management products, Ark 2.0 provides the backup and archiving component of a seamless set of workflow tools that can meet the needs of virtually any broadcast, entertainment, or post-production environment.

New highlights of Ark 2.0:

  • Integration with Flow and Complete Backup – Integration between Ark and Flow ensures that all archived clips now have a record in the Flow database prior to being copied to Ark. Flow scans all clips to ensure that proxy file shave been created. Ark updates the Flow database to keep a record of exactly where each archived clip is located. Flow users then can search and browse all clips stored on Ark.
  • Integration with Flow for Complete Restoration of Files – Having a record in the Flow database of all archived or backed-up clips makes restoring files from Ark easier than ever. It is now possible to search or browse for lips even though high-resolution versions are “offline” and stored only on Ark. Through Flow Browse, users can play low-resolution proxy version, incorporate them into sequences, and then restore the desired high-resolution versions to any EditShare Media Space. From within Flow Browse, authorized editors can set up Restore jobs to occur instantly or at a later, scheduled time.
  • Support for Multi-Drive Tape Libraries – Ark 2.0 supports a wide range of tape autoloaders and tape libraries that use standard LTO-4 and LTO-5 tapes. Autoloaders and libraries with multiple tape drives now can be used.
  • Activation Feature for Ark Disk – A new activation feature allows customers to utilize their Ark Disk system as a rapid failover if one of their main storage systems fails. An Ark Disk system can be used as a substitute EditShare storage system until the main system is back up and running again.
  • Improved Tape Management – The new Ark user interface graphically shows which tapes currently are loaded into a Tape Library and in exactly which slot they can be found.
  • Core EditShare Ark Benefits:

  • Media Asset Tracking – Archive media, bins, and sequences with metadata intact, ensuring quick searches for online and near-line archives.
  • Multi-format Support – Backup or archive P2, XDCAM, and other file-based media.
  • Automated and Manual Backups – Schedule backups to occur in the background or during off-peak times.
  • Turn into EditShare – In the event of a main storage system failure, Ark Disk can be activated into a high-functioning EditShare storage series system.
  • Selected File Restore – Browse backed-up and archived clips in Flow Browse, preview their proxy files, and then restore only the high-resolution clips needed.
  • EditShare will be exhibiting the new Ark solutions at the 2010 IBC Exhibition on stand 7.E20.

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