EditShare has begun shipping EditShare XStream EFS. The distributed, fault-tolerant “scale out” storage system offers enterprise-class storage capabilities and collaboration features to a broad range of production and broadcast facilities.

XStream EFS includes EditShare’s smart media management tools and advanced project sharing. It’s built on a “blazing-fast, fault-tolerant architecture that can sustain any kind of mission critical workflow,” says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare.

Designed to support high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2k, 4k and beyond, XStream EFS offers multiple levels of redundancy and scalability. The high-performance, low-latency storage solution integrates with industry standard broadcast and post-production systems including EditShare’s own Geevs (broadcast servers), Flow (media asset management), and Ark (backup and archiving) solutions, accelerating real-time ingest, editing and playout workflows.

XStream EFS is based on 16-drive storage nodes, each with their own motherboard, CPU and hardware RAID configuration. Every individual node has read/write performance that can exceed 1.4 GB/sec. Each XStream EFS system starts with a minimum of three nodes connected by 10 Gigabit or 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

Whenever a file is written to an XStream EFS system, pieces of the data – along with a second level of redundant information – are striped across multiple nodes in such a way that users get the combined speed of the nodes, plus extra security that will protect files. Flexible storage capacity options range from under 100 TB all the way up to five petabytes, allowing facilities to purchase only what they need and expand in the future.