EFS 450

EditShare EFS 450 is a powerful distributed media engineered scale-out storage platform developed for the most intensive media workflows and creative collaboration environments. It's designed from the ground up to support resilient large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, multi-stream online collaborative editing/finishing and multi-platform distribution of HD, 4K, 8K and beyond.

Performance and resiliency

The EFS 450 system is the original storage platform of the EditShare File System (EFS) family. EFS is uniquely tailored for intensive media environments with key benefits including one namespace that eliminates management of multiple storage volumes, Native Client drivers for improved bandwidth performance, plus SwiftRead data contention management.

Based on 16-drive storage nodes, each with their own motherboard, CPU and hardware RAID-6 configuration, every individual storage node has read/write performance that can exceed 2GB/sec, as well as redundancy that can survive the loss of any two drives., The EFS 450 storage nodes are set for the highest performance with faster media storage devices and support for multi-stream 4K/UHD and 8K editing and finishing.

EFS 450

An ultra-high-density enterprise-grade scale-out storage system, the minimum configuration is comprised of a single EFS Metadata Server and three EFS 450 storage nodes that can provide from 96 TB to 480 TB of raw storage capacity. A fully expanded EFS 450 cluster provides in excess of 5PB’s of capacity supporting hundreds of millions of files.

Whenever you write a file to an EFS 450 cluster, pieces of your data – along with a second level of redundancy information – get spread out across multiple nodes in such a way that you get the combined speed of the nodes plus extra security that will protect your files, even if an entire node fails. All file metadata is written to redundant high-availability metadata controllers. An EFS 450 system delivers blazing performance plus rock-solid reliability all with TPN security auditing recommendations EFS 450 offers multiple layers of redundancy that can tolerate the failure of multiple drives, including the failure of an entire node.

EFS scalability

Expanding an EFS 450 system is as simple as adding a new node and clicking a few buttons on a web page. In the background, pieces of data are immediately re-distributed until each node has roughly the same amount of free space. During the rebalancing process, the EFS 450 system is fully usable, and when the expansion operation completes, your system is bigger and faster than ever before. No matter how big you make your EFS 450 system, you will always have just one logical volume (or "namespace" as it is often called). That means you will never have to split up your files between multiple physical volumes just because they don't all fit on one.

diagram - EFS expansion

Accelerates collaborative media workflows

EFS 450 is designed from the ground up to support end-to-end media workflows, providing ‘best in class’ scale-out shared storage. It offers outstanding integration with industry-standard broadcast and post-production systems from a range of manufacturers, including our own Flow production asset management platform, supporting real-time ingest, editing and playout workflows.

A hallmark of EditShare storage, EFS 450 system also includes advanced project sharing functionality, further enhancing the overall workflow with collaborative editing for Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Ultimate®, Apple Final Cut X®, Lightworks®, Blackmagic Resolve®, Autodesk Flame Premium® and other workgroups.

And because each EFS 450 node is itself in a RAID configuration, users get the speed and quality they need for high-bandwidth editing of uncompressed HD, 4K, 8k and beyond. The performance expands linearly with each node added to the system. So, this means that a system with four nodes has 1.25-times the performance compared to three nodes, a system with five nodes has 1.5-times the performance, a system with seven nodes has 2-times the performance, and so on.

EFS integrations

Intelligent administration

Like all EditShare storage systems, EFS 450 is simple to use and manage. With just a few clicks in the EditShare Manager administration tool, users can create dedicated “spaces” for different projects, expand or contract the size of those spaces on the fly (up to the total size of the storage), and of course, set user and group rights. EditShare solutions such as Flow and Ark natively understand EFS storage, and thus any spaces created in EFS 450 automatically appear as Asset Management and Backup/Archive locations.

Advanced file system features for any environment

While the EFS 450 system was designed specifically with media production in mind, in truth it's a great solution for any other environment that needs scale-out storage – whether that's a research laboratory, a cloud service provider, a financial institution or a video-on-demand center. The file system itself includes built-in Quality of Service, Quota control, support for ACLs and Extended Attributes and much more.

EFS File Auditing: Shaping the future of M&E security

Storing and managing media are key pieces in the puzzle, but what about security? Safeguarding the integrity of your storage environment shouldn’t be an afterthought. The media and entertainment industry is dealing with high stakes, with enormous budgets committed to generating content. Vendors who are diligent about data protection understand the importance of making security a top priority. With thousands of jobs on the line, vigilance is required at every step. Produce needs to be accounted for throughout production and delivered intact to the customer or cinema or OTT provider, ensuring that nothing is damaged or stolen on route.

The EditShare research and development team is light years ahead of the industry with the introduction of EFS Auditing, the industry’s only real-time auditing platform designed to manage, monitor and secure your media from inception through to the delivery stage. EFS Auditing keeps track of all digital assets and captures every digital footstep that a file makes throughout its life-cycle, including copying, modifying and deleting of any content within a project. IABM, the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers, recognised EFS Auditing as a game-changer in storage content security, awarding it the coveted ‘Best Storage’ product of 2018 at the IABM BaM Awards in September 2018 and also a Product Innovation Award at this year’s NAB 2019.