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Avid NEXIS | E2, E4 or E5 storage engine + Avid NEXIS | FS file system software + One or more Media Packs.
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All Avid NEXIS hardware components are powered by NEXIS | FS, a highly intelligent, scalable file system that unites all of your media together—no matter how many storage engines you have. Mix and match enterprise-class (“E”) engines for maximum scalability, or choose the standalone professional-class NEXIS | PRO system for smaller productions. Then simply add more Media Packs to increase storage capacity and performance at any time.

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New features
 
Double your capacity and performance
To accommodate the needs of the largest broadcast and post productions, Avid NEXIS now supports up to 48 Media Packs across a single networked enterprise-class system. That means you can mix and match a combination of E5, E4, and/or E2 engines together and scale your system’s capacity up to nearly 3 PB of total storage—or more than 2 PB of protected storage—with up to 19.2 GB/seconds of bandwidth.

Get high availability and media mirroring
For mission-critical productions, Avid NEXIS offers high availability options to boost performance and reliability. Protect your most vital media-intensive workflows against potential hardware failures with the Redundant Avid NEXIS Storage Controller, Redundant System Director, and Redundant Networking options now available. And seamlessly protect your prized media against an entire engine failure with new Media Mirror Protection.
 
Key features and benefits
 
Quickly adapt to unpredictable changes
When projects or business needs change, Avid NEXIS can be flexibly reconfigured on the fly without impacting production. Intuitive software tools enable you to reallocate bandwidth, add or remove storage capacity, dynamically resize workspaces, and increase or decrease media protection quickly—all without any downtime or impact to teams.

Manage every facet of your system with ease
Avid NEXIS offers an easy-to-use web interface and comprehensive APIs that give you unprecedented visibility and control. Whether you need a simple, intuitive interface for day-to-day management, or the ability to develop a more integrated management approach, Avid NEXIS enables you to reconfigure and reallocate resources on demand, as well as perform advanced monitoring and analysis.

Scale your system for any workflow
With its unique architecture, you can scale Avid NEXIS to accommodate any workflow, from the smallest workgroup to the largest media enterprise. A single Avid NEXIS environment can scale from 20 TB, now up to nearly 3 PB of raw storage. Start with a single storage engine, or mix and match multiple engines, to create a configuration that meets your needs today. Then add capacity and bandwidth as your needs grow in the future, without any hassle or downtime.

Get performance on demand
Avid NEXIS is powered by a unique file system—Avid NEXIS | FS. This highly intelligent, scalable file system delivers unrivaled performance, enabling you to flexibly provision storage capacity and bandwidth to create virtual workspaces that are optimized for any workflow.

Secure assets with the utmost reliability
Choose the optimal type of data protection for each workspace—and change protection settings on the fly when needs change. You can protect a workspace against single or dual drive failures, with automatic drive rebuild. Or add engine protection with media mirroring to protect the entire system against up to five simultaneous disk failures. You can even safeguard against an entire engine failure—without losing any of your precious media.

Eliminate complexity and lower costs
Don’t keep adding new storage silos. Avid NEXIS is an economical, modular solution, enabling you to integrate all storage resources together into one virtualizable pool of storage. In fact, virtualizing your storage infrastructure with Avid NEXIS will lower your operational costs by eliminating the complexity and cost of managing multiple, disparate storage systems, while radically reducing media duplication and labor-intensive media wrangling.

Enable real-time collaboration with anyone, anywhere
Avid NEXIS works seamlessly with your favorite Avid and third-party creative tools and asset management systems. As an integral part of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid NEXIS enables you to boost efficiency and expand production on premises—and beyond the walls of your facility to the cloud—going beyond the boundaries of other storage solutions.

Accelerate workflows with industry-proven technology
Avid NEXIS was built from the same proven platform technology trusted by thousands of the world’s most demanding content facilities. In addition, all Avid NEXIS systems are backed by Avid’s worldwide Customer Care team, so you get the support you need—whenever, wherever, and however you need it.
 
Avid NEXIS for content creators

For editors, producers, and other content contributors, Avid NEXIS gives you the agility, on-demand access, and reliability you need to overcome today’s production challenges. Meet critical deadlines. Find assets fast. And get unprecedented security and protection for uninterrupted production.

Get the same proven workflows trusted by the industry
Avid NEXIS is built on the same proven technology trusted by thousands of media professionals. But its unique modularity enables you to mix and match storage engines and scale capacity up to nearly 3 PB of raw storage (or more than 2 PB protected) and 19.2 GB/s of bandwidth in a single system. And because all systems are powered by the NEXIS | FS file system, you get persistent performance, reliability, and protection, whether you have one NEXIS engine or a large network.

Work with the assets, tools, and people you want
Don’t change your workflow—accelerate and expand it. Avid NEXIS works with your favorite Avid and third-party creative tools and asset management systems. As an integrated shared storage system on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, NEXIS enables you to boost efficiency and expand production on premises, or beyond the walls of your facility in the cloud, going where other storage solutions dead-end.

Unite and divide your media
Trying to find, access, and manage media across multiple storage silos is challenging. NEXIS | FS integrates all NEXIS storage engines together as one virtualizable pool of storage, making these tasks effortless. You can partition your storage pool any way you like. Customize and prioritize separate workspaces for critical projects, media ingest, video logging, production assets, content for repurposing or archive, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Get power on demand
Avid NEXIS is the only storage solution that enables you to configure the system to ensure critical workflows get the capacity and performance they need so you don’t miss that project deadline. React quickly to changes and tune performance and protection to the needs of the project and client. And with its distributed architecture and intelligent, automated data distribution, you get predictable, optimized performance under all load conditions.

Collaborate in real time
Accelerate production by connecting with hundreds of other content contributors simultaneously for real-time collaboration. No matter what software you use. That’s because Avid NEXIS works with all top media creation applications, including Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Smoke, FilmLight Baselight, and many more.

Get the protection you need
Not only does Avid NEXIS come with redundant power supplies and drives, you can set the type of drive protection to use for each workspace and make changes dynamically. Choose from dual or single disk protection—with automatic drive rebuild. Or select mirrored—even on top of dual disk—to protect against five simultaneous disk failures or an entire engine failure. And get high availability with redundant controller, system director, and networking options for total peace of mind.

Enjoy the benefits of a true cloud platform
The unique NEXIS | FS file system makes it possible for large media enterprises seeking maximum flexibility and efficiency to build a custom storage system that reflects the essential characteristics of a cloud platform*. Get easy on-demand configuration, shared access to media assets, the ability to carve workflow-optimized workspaces from a shared pool of storage, dynamically scalable workspaces and capacity, and advanced metrics and usage reports.

* See the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition for cloud computing.
 

Avid NEXIS for technical professionals


If you’re the CTO, chief engineer, systems administrator, or other technical leader, you need the best solution for deploying and managing your media production storage. Avid NEXIS provides the capacity, scalability, security, and reliability you need to ensure production keeps moving.

Manage your system with ease
Using a simple web user interface or SOAP APIs, you can manage and administer your entire Avid NEXIS system from anywhere—on practically any device. Reconfigure and reallocate workspace resources on demand using easy-to-use management, monitoring, and analysis tools. And because all systems are powered by the NEXIS | FS file system, you get reliable performance and protection, whether you have one NEXIS engine or a large network.

Scale workspaces and resources on the fly
Thanks to its intelligent file system and modularity, you can mix and match storage engines, reconfigure workspaces, and scale capacity up to nearly 3 PB of raw storage (or more than 2 PB protected) and 19.2 GB/s of bandwidth in a single system. Upgrade capacity, bandwidth, and availability as needs change. As storage engines and Media Packs are added, media is automatically redistributed to provide efficient, linear bandwidth scaling and sustained real-time performance.

Adapt quickly to changes
Easily reconfigure a workspace’s storage capacity and drive protection to handle changes to project priority or business needs—without impacting production. NEXIS | FS intelligently maximizes bandwidth and your system’s usable capacity, giving your workflows the space and performance they need so critical project deadlines aren’t missed and high-priced talent aren’t idle when changes are required.

Work with the assets, tools, and people you want
Don’t change everyone’s workflow—accelerate and expand it. Avid NEXIS works with the Avid and third-party creative tools and asset management systems your teams have or want. As an integrated shared storage system on the MediaCentral Platform, it enables you to boost efficiency and expand production on premises, or beyond the walls of your facility in the cloud, going where other storage solutions dead-end.

Unite and divide your media
Trying to manage media across multiple storage silos is challenging. Avid NEXIS | FS integrates all NEXIS storage engines together as one virtualizable pool of storage, making it easy for teams to find, access, and share media. Partition the storage pool to optimize production efficiency. Customize and prioritize separate workspaces for critical projects, media ingest, video logging, production assets, content for repurposing or archive, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Enable real-time collaboration
Accelerate production by enabling hundreds of content contributors to connect to more media streams for unrivaled real-time collaboration. No matter what software they use. Avid NEXIS works with all top media creation applications, including Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Smoke, FilmLight Baselight, and many more.

Get the protection you need
Not only does Avid NEXIS come with redundant power supplies and drives, you can set the type of drive protection to use for each workspace and make changes dynamically. Choose from dual or single disk protection—with automatic drive rebuild. Or select mirrored—even on top of dual disk—to protect against five simultaneous disk failures or an entire engine failure. And get high availability with redundant controller, system director, and networking options for total peace of mind.

Secure your assets
Ensure that only the right people have the right access to safeguard your media across the entire system. Avid NEXIS | FS uses simple and secure workspaces, enabling you to control and set who has read, read/write, or no access to any given workspace through User and Group permissions. Content will only be available to those who are authorized to access it.

Enjoy the benefits of a true cloud platform
The unique NEXIS | FS file system makes it possible for large media enterprises seeking maximum flexibility and efficiency to build a custom storage system that reflects the essential characteristics of a cloud platform*. Get easy on-demand configuration, shared access to media assets, the ability to carve workflow-optimized workspaces from a shared pool of storage, dynamically scalable workspaces and capacity, and advanced metrics and usage reports.

* See the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition for cloud computing.
 

Avid NEXIS for business leaders


For CFOs, VPs of operations or engineering, GMs, and others responsible for your company’s financial success, Avid NEXIS is designed to grow with you at every stage. Work with the tools you already have today and want tomorrow—on premises or in the cloud. You gain operational efficiency while lowering costs, so you can make the most of your media.

Lower cost and complexity
Don’t add to your growing storage silos. Avid NEXIS | FS integrates all NEXIS storage engines together as one virtualizable pool of storage, lowering operational costs by minimizing the time spent wrangling media. In addition, you can configure Avid NEXIS | E2 and E4 storage engines with an embedded System Director for cost-effective small-scale deployments. And set up larger scale deployments and high availability with the external System Director Appliance with any combination of E5, E4, and E2 engines.

Get the same proven workflows trusted by the industry
Avid NEXIS is built on the same proven software and platform technology trusted by the world’s leading media and broadcast enterprises. But it goes where other storage systems leave off, offering greater flexibility, scalability, control, and extensibility to future-proof your investment. And because all systems are powered by the NEXIS | FS file system, you get persistent performance and reliability, whether you have one NEXIS engine or a large network.

Gain a system that scales dynamically for your needs
Avid NEXIS is the only storage solution that grows with you. Its unique file system and modularity enables teams to mix and match storage engines and scale capacity up to nearly 3 PB of raw storage (or more than 2 PB protected) and 19.2 GB/s of bandwidth in a single system. Start with a configuration that meets your needs and budget now. Then scale your system to adapt quickly to changes and emerging opportunities.

Optimize the value of your assets
You can’t monetize your media if you don’t know what you have. Avid NEXIS breaks down barriers, providing a proven file system that unites your assets. Teams can quickly find and access media for reuse and repurposing, so you can capitalize on lucrative opportunities to monetize content before they slip away. Plus, when used with Interplay | Production and Media | Index, you can locate media across local and remote NEXIS, Avid legacy storage, and other systems.

Work with anything, anyone, anywhere
Avid NEXIS is an open storage solution that easily adapts to fit into your existing and constantly changing production environment. It works with platform-enabled Avid and third-party applications and services—on premises and in the cloud. And it supports real-time collaboration, enabling local and remote editors to access and share the same media as if everyone was working in the same facility.

Get the protection you need
Not only does Avid NEXIS come with redundant power supplies and drives, you can set the type of drive protection to use for each workspace. Choose from dual or single disk protection—with automatic drive rebuild. Or select mirrored—even on top of dual disk—to protect against five simultaneous disk failures or an entire engine failure. And get high availability with redundant controller, system director, and networking options for total peace of mind.

Secure your assets
Ensure that only the right people have the right access to safeguard your media across the entire system. Avid NEXIS | FS uses simple and secure workspaces, enabling you to control and set who has read, read/write, or no access to any given workspace through User and Group permissions. Content will only be available to those who are authorized to access it, enabling you to protect your media and business.

Enjoy the benefits of a true cloud platform
The unique NEXIS | FS file system makes it possible for large media enterprises seeking maximum flexibility and efficiency to build a custom storage system that reflects the essential characteristics of a cloud platform*. Get easy on-demand configuration, shared access to media assets, the ability to carve workflow-optimized workspaces from a shared pool of storage, dynamically scalable workspaces and capacity, and advanced metrics and usage reports.

* See the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition for cloud computing.

Avid NEXIS | E2
Small-footprint integrated storage engine
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Media drives and scalability One Media Pack of 10 drives (2 TB or 6 TB) for a total storage capacity of 20 TB–60 TB maximum per engine, with up to 400 MB/s of bandwidth
System drives Two solid-state system and metadata drives (400 GB)
File system Avid NEXIS | FS—64-bit self-balancing, distributed file system with intelligent media distribution/redistribution, real-time media access, and dynamic disk protection
Client connections Supports up to 40 active clients; expandable to support up to 330 active clients (600 connected users) with the optional System Director Appliance
File support 8 million files; expandable to support 20 million files with the optional System Director Appliance
System management Embedded System Director included; optional System Director Appliance available for larger-scale deployments and high availability
Network interface 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+
Rack size 2U
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 24.8 x 3.5 inches (483 x 630 x 89 mm)
Weight (with drives) 57.2 lbs (26 kg)
Power supply Dual 764W, 100–240 VAC, 60/50 Hz (one must be functional)
Operating temperature 41°–104° F (5°–40° C)
Operating humidity 8%–80% noncondensing
Operating altitude 100–10,000 feet (30–3,045 m)
Non-operating altitude 10,000 to 40,000 feet (3,050 to 12,192 m)
Avid NEXIS | E4
Medium-density integrated storage engine
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Media drives Up to two Media Packs of 10 drives (2 TB or 6 TB) each for a total storage capacity of 20 TB–120 TB maximum per engine, with up to 800 MB/s of bandwidth
System drives Two solid-state system and metadata drives (400 GB)
File system Avid NEXIS | FS—64-bit self-balancing, distributed file system with intelligent media distribution/redistribution, real-time media access, and dynamic disk protection
Client connections Supports up to 40 active clients; expandable to support up to 330 active clients (600 connected users) with the optional System Director Appliance
File support 8 million files; expandable to support 20 million files with the optional System Director Appliance
System management Embedded System Director included; optional System Director Appliance available for larger-scale deployments and high availability
Network interface 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+
Rack size 4U
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 24.8 x 7 inches (483 x 630 x 178 mm)
Weight (with drives) 101.4 lbs (46 kg)
Power supply Four 580W, 100–240 VAC, 60/50 Hz (two must be functional)
Operating temperature 41°–104° F (5°–40° C)
Operating humidity 8%–80% noncondensing
Operating altitude 100–10,000 feet (30–3,045 m)
Non-operating altitude 10,000 to 40,000 feet (3,050 to 12,192 m)
Avid NEXIS | E5
High-density integrated storage engine
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Media drives Up to eight Media Packs of 10 drives (2 TB or 6 TB) each for a total storage capacity of 80 TB–480 TB maximum per engine, with up to 3.2 GB/s of bandwidth
System drives Two solid-state system and metadata drives (800 GB)
File system Avid NEXIS | FS—64-bit self-balancing, distributed file system with intelligent media distribution/redistribution, real-time media access, and dynamic disk protection
Client connections Supports up to 330 active clients (600 connected users)
File support 20 million files
System management Requires System Director Appliance
Network interface 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP
Rack size 5U
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 36.8 x 8.7 inches (483 x 930 x 220 mm)
Weight (with drives) 282 lbs (128 kg)
Power supply Dual 2,200W, 220 VAC, 60/50 Hz (one must be functional)
Fans  Five fan modules (two must be functional)
Operating temperature 41°–104° F (5°–40° C)
Operating humidity 8%–80% noncondensing
Operating altitude 100–10,000 feet (30–3,045 m)
Non-operating altitude 10,000 to 40,000 feet (3,050 to 12,192 m)
System Director Appliance
Increases NEXIS scalability and redundancy
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System drives Two solid-state system and metadata drives (400 GB)
File system Choice of Avid NEXIS | FS Extended or Advanced—64-bit self-balancing, distributed file system with intelligent media distribution/redistribution, real-time media access, and dynamic disk protection
Client connections
  • Extended File System license supports up to 165 active connected clients
  • Advanced File System license supports up to 330 active connected clients
File support 20 million files
Network interface 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+
Rack size 2U
Dimensions (W x D x H) 19 x 24.8 x 3.5 inches (483 x 630 x 89 mm)
Weight 37 lbs (16.8 kg)
Power supply Dual 764W, 100–240 VAC, 60/50 Hz (one must be functional)
Operating temperature 41°–104° F (5°–40° C)
Operating humidity 8%–80% noncondensing
Operating altitude 100–10,000 feet (30–3,045 m)
Non-operating altitude 10,000 to 40,000 feet (3,050 to 12,192 m)
  • Avid NEXIS | E2, E4 or E5 storage engine
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system software
  • One or more Media Packs
  • Power cord
  • One-year Avid Advantage ExpertPlus support with hardware coverage
  • Free Avid Education online training for NEXIS
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