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Globalstor’s Newest Digital Intermediate Solution Ships with a Free Next Generation Bluefish444 Upgrade


CHATSWORTH, CA August 23, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation today announced the ExtremeStor-DI PRO.  This latest generation of real time 2K capture and playback solutions, will ship with the added value of a free Bluefish444 upgrade.  Offering professional colorists and postproduction facilities the opportunity to invest in one of the industry’s highest quality digital intermediate solutions ExtremeStor-DI PRO will ship with the Bluefish444 HD|Lust capture card ensuring the highest 10 bit uncompressed quality available today, while protecting the investments of early adopters by offering a free upgrade to the next generation Bluefish444 Catalyst 2K/HD/SD Analog/SDI capture card at no additional cost.

A complete Digital Intermediate solution, ExtremeStor-DI PRO provides up to 900MB/sec. sustained performance using 16 Ultra320 drives Running RAID 0, and offers scaleable capacities up to 4.8TB (using 300 GB drives).  Integrating the latest NVIDIA PCI Express Professional Graphics card with optional HDSDI Outputs, the standard version of the ExtremeStor-DI PRO features Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 3 GB DDR2 RAM, Bluefish444 HD LUST card, Windows XP, Optional Fire Wire 800 and Optional Fibre Channel interfaces on a Dual Xeon server.  For truly demanding environments, Dual Core AMD Opteron configurations are also available.

The featured Bluefish444 HD|Lust card offers a rare ability to capture uncompressed HD directly to the industry trusted Cineon file standard; allowing users to retain all of the original film information during the Digital Intermediate processes. The card offers a 10 bit uncompressed Dual Link and Single Link multi format I\O solution, supporting real time input and output of full band width uncompressed SDTV and HDTV video in 10 bit and 8 bit RGB 4:4:4, 10 bit and 8 bit YUV 4:2:2, 8 bit RGB 4:4:4:4 data streams.  Bluefish444 HD|Lust also offers 8 channels of AES/EBU/SPDIF digital audio and real time broadcast quality HD to SD down conversion.

The up coming Bluefish444 Catalyst 2K capture card is a 12/10 bit uncompressed 2K Dual Link and Single Link solution with support for HSDL, HD and SD I/O formats.  The new cards will also offer VGA/Component analog monitoring and independent simultaneous dual inputs and outputs.   Bluefish444 Catalyst will offer up to eight channels of SPDIF and six channels of AES/EBU XLR digital audio I/O, as well as 16 channels of embedded digital audio I/O for a broad range of sound and support multiple file formats including DPX, Cineon, SGI, TGA, Tiff, AVI, WMV and QuickTime.

"The new Bluefish444 Catalyst is specifically designed for the architecture demands of capturing uncompressed video within the broadcast and post production industries,” said Craige Mott, Managing Director of Bluefish444.  “Integrated into Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI, Catalyst provides a massive hardware functionality boost, making these solutions some of the industry’s most powerful for thousands of dollars less than comparable solutions."

A high-performance, fault-tolerant, hi-definition Digital Intermediate (DI) solution, Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI provides exceptional post-production capabilities to satisfy the stringent technical requirements of filmmakers and post houses at one of the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), and to meet the budget requirements of independent filmmakers and boutique post-production facilities.

“By shipping the ExtremeStor-DI with the Bluefish444 HD|Lust capture card and taking advantage of Blufish444’s offer to allow customers to upgrade to their next generation, 2K Catalyst card free,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data, “we are able to fulfill and immediate need with our clients while helping them protect their investment and giving them a solid upgrade path at no additional charge.  As a result,” Leif continued, “facilities can implement complete Digital Intermediate solutions now and still be assured they have the most competitive solution tomorrow.”

Pricing and Availability
Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, ExtremeStor-DI PRO is available now with a two-year factory warranty.  Pricing for 2.3TB solutions start at $36,500.

About Bluefish444
Bluefish444 is a division and brand name of Digital Voodoo (Australia) Pty Ltd. Based in S. Melbourne, Australia.  It is a leading supplier of uncompressed video cards for the Windows and Linux operating systems.  Its video graphics cards are used by a number of OEMs specializing in broadcast solutions.  By continuing to work with workstation vendors and resellers, Bluefish444 has made it easier for end-users to purchase off the shelf Windows based editing, animation and compositing solutions making sure that the hardware is optimized for analog, SD SDI and HD SDI solutions.  For more information on Bluefish444, please visit the Bluefish444 website at www.bluefish444.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 12TB.  Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.