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Globalstor’s SCSI-Based ExtremeStor-DI PRO Certified for IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade DI

The New Power Couple for Postproduction Workflows

CHATSWORTH, CA September 9, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation and IRIDAS announced today that the new ExtremeStor-DI PRO has been certified for use with IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade DI, color correction and film finishing application.   As a combined solution, ExtremeStor-DI PRO and SpeedGrade DI provide postproduction professionals with one of the hardest working, streamlined, DI workflow environments in the industry.

A complete video capture and playback Digital Intermediate solution, SCSI-based ExtremeStor-DI PRO supports uncompressed SDTV and HDTV video in 10 bit and 8 bit RGB 4:4:4, 10 bit and 8 bit YUV 4:2:2, and 8 bit RGB 4:4:4:4 data streams.  ExtremeStor-DI PRO integrates the latest NVIDIA PCI Express Professional Graphics card with optional HDSDI Outputs.

SpeedGrade DI offers a powerful set of non-destructive color grading and film finishing tools including unlimited grading layers, versioning, EDL conform, animated masks, pan-and-scan, and more. Full integration with SpeedGrade OnSet and IRIDAS’ FrameCycler products provides the industry’s first complete color pipeline.

“We are delighted to be able to certify ExtremeStor-DI PRO for SpeedGrade DI,” said Michael Gallo, IRIDAS VP of product development.  “Together, these solutions offer DI artists, colorists and DPs an exceptional package, providing storage and horsepower that really let SpeedGrade DI fly.”

“The beauty of IRIDAS’ software-based approach is that their applications just keep getting more powerful as the hardware gets faster,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data. “The integration of SpeedGrade DI with our new ExtremeStor-DI PRO provides the proof: this kind of power just wasn’t available not too long ago – not at any price.”

ExtremeStor-DI PRO uses dual Intel Xeon processors to provide up to 900MB/sec. sustained performance using 16 Ultra320 drives running RAID 0. It offers scaleable capacities up to 4.8TB with 300 GB drives. For extremely demanding environments, AMD Dual Core Opteron configurations are also available.  The standard version features Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 3 GB DDR2 RAM, Windows XP, Optional Fire Wire 800 and Optional Fibre Channel interfaces.

Pricing and Availability
Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, ExtremeStor-DI PRO SCSI-based systems are available now with a two-year factory warranty.  Pricing for 2.3TB solutions start at $36,500. SpeedGrade DI is available from IRIDAS or its world-wide network of resellers.

IRIDAS first introduced uncompressed real-time playback in 2001. It continues to be the leading developer of resolution-independent playback and non-destructive color grading technologies for film, broadcast, entertainment, and scientific research. IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade, FrameCycler, DDS (Digital Daily System), and others applications are used by most major animation and post-production houses including Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, ReelFX, Lowry Digital and many others. IRIDAS was founded in 2000 and is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information visit www.iridas.com

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers.  Widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support, Globalstor is an OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support offering a broad spectrum of broadcast and video professional solutions including DVD Digital Video Dailies solutions, 2K and 4K Digital Intermediate solutions, and high-performance hi-definition video servers offering scaleable storage up to 9.6TB.  Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers. 

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