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High-Performance Digital Intermediate Solution from Globalstor Delivers Stored Video at 700MB/sec.

New FibreStor-DI Ideally Suited for Today’s 2K Applications

LAS VEGAS, NV April 05, 2005 NAB Booth #SU9363:

Globalstor Data, a leading provider of high speed, scaleable mass storage solutions, today introduced the new FibreStor-DI.  Designed specifically for the high performance digital video storage and playback requirements of HD, Digital Intermediate, Color Correction, and other eCinema and video applications, this new Fibre to Fibre Channel RAID storage solution provides sustained raw performance levels well above 700MB/sec under RAID 5, making the FibreStor-DI perfectly suited for Spirit 2K, DaVinci 2K, and other applications requiring real time 2K Playback/Record.

FibreStor-DI includes a dual RAID controller on a separate 1U rack, two 16 bay chassis, 32 Fibre channel drives (73, 147 and 300GB) and supports RAID levels 0, 1, (0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, NRAID, and JBOD.  To virtually insure zero downtime, FibreStor-DI consists of several hot-swapable components including dual power supplies, dual RAID controller canisters, dual cooling modules, IO node modules, battery units and management interface modules.

“The uncompressed real time capability of the FibreStor-DI on any OS platform; including Windows, MAC and IRIX, make this the ideal solution for the whole film process,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data.  “Whether it’s used for scanning a negative, for noise and scratch removal, for color correction or even conversion to any of the many transmission standards, FibreStor-DI can handle the throughput requirements. This is definitely a big step forward,” continued Leif “in assuring smooth workflow implementation at any of the many facilities engaged in digital intermediate creation; without high cost typically associated with such a solution.”

Moderately priced, this enterprise class solution is designed for critical applications such as: the creation of special effects including 3-D and ultimate compositing, as well as ending with a film recorder to create film.  FibreStor-DI’s standards-based Fibre backbone and Fibre drives interface easily with most SAN’s.

FibreStor-DI Features:

  • Dual 16 bay chassis
  • Dual independent 2GB Fibre Channel host interface
  • Up to 700MB/sec data transfer
  • Dual independent RAID controllers
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, (0+1), 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, NRAID, and JBOD
  • Redundant load-sharing power supplies and cooling modules

Controller Specifications:

  • 400MHz PowerPC CPU with 32KB I/O cache and 256KB L2 embedded Cache memory
  • 128/256/512MB/1GB SDRAM w/ECC Flash
  • Dual 64-bit chipsets
  • Memory bandwidth 1066MB/s (64-bit, 133MHz)
  • Transparent failover/failback
  • Dual-active, host-transparent operation

Pricing and Availability
FibreStor-DI prices start at $40,000 for 2.1TB using (30) 73GB 15K hdd’s or $44,000 for 4.41TB using (30) 146GB 10K hdd’s or $62,000 for 9.0 TB using (30) 300GB 10 Hdd’s. Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, FibreStor-DI is available now with three-year factory warranties.

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high-end mass storage solutions and is widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support. An OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support, the firm’s competitively priced product line includes technically advanced DVD-RAM and Magneto-Optical (MO) drives and libraries for solutions scalable in excess of 20TB of capacity. Globalstor also provides a comprehensive range of tape, CD, RAID and Fibre Channel solutions with complete integration for all major operating systems. Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.