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globalSAN Xtarget and EVO v4 optimize SAN solutions for production and post production professionals worldwide

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Studio Network Solutions, Inc. (SNS) a leading provider of post-production storage solutions for video and audio workgroups, today announced the worldwide introduction of globalSAN Xtarget Storage Server Software for Mac OS X and additional enhancements to its flagship EVO Shared Storage Server in EVO v4.

Xtarget is a new component of SNS's pioneering globalSAN iSCSI Initiator for Mac OS X. A Creative COW NAB 2012 Blue Ribbon Winner, Xtarget is the only software built for Mac OS X that enables customers to inexpensively transform an Intel Mac into an iSCSI SAN storage server. Users can connect Thunderbolt, USB, and FireWire DAS (Direct Attach Storage) devices to a Mac with Xtarget installed then present the storage over Ethernet as iSCSI devices, which can then be shared using Xsan.

“The driving benefit of Xtarget is that it enables customers to quickly create a SAN using components they’re likely to already own” explained Ryan Stoutenborough, President, Studio Network Solutions (SNS). “This saves time and money without compromising the performance and workflow benefits customers look for in a SAN.”

The capability to present local storage over iSCSI/Ethernet gives Xtarget customers enormous flexibility allowing easy expansion into a multi-user transportable SAN that can be accessed on set as well as on location and via the cloud for remote users.

Xtarget is compatible with any Intel Mac running OS X 10.6.8 through Mountain Lion. It can be used with FireWire, Thunderbolt, USB, eSATA, Fibre Channel, and SAS disks. Xtarget is additionally compatible with Xsan, iSANmp, and other similar sharing software to accommodate multiple users sharing common pools of storage.

Xtarget Storage Server is available immediately for $899 USD. A 14-day trial can be installed by downloading the globalSAN package from the SNS website, http://www.studionetworksolutions.com.

The latest release for SNS’s popular EVO SAN + NAS shared storage server offers a host of user-oriented new features that simplify collaboration and optimize workflow, including bin/project sharing for Avid Media Composer and project sharing for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 via EVO’s new Share Browser Interface.

EVO’s integration of SAN and NAS enables multiple users to edit, share and review projects and media using the most appropriate tool for each step in their workflow. The system offers direct-attach (and switch-based) connection of multiple computers, using 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel (up to 8 ports), Gigabit Ethernet (up to 14 ports), and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (up to 12 ports).

EVO is unique in that it natively accommodates Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS protocols in a single, purpose-built storage server. EVO customers can choose an Ethernet-only based SAN + NAS, or customize their EVO with any blend of Ethernet and Fibre Channel ports and speeds. It is a complete “SAN in a box” multi-user shared solution and is capable of handling formats up to 4K.

EVO is now deployed in over 30 countries, and has become the go-to SAN + NAS solution for leading content creators in TV, film, video, and audio productions. Customers include The BBC, Pinewood Studios, The History Channel, Funny or Die, Pixar, Sesame Street, Showtime, Sony Playstation, Fox Sports International and an equally impressive lineup of many other highly respected companies.

The EVO system is priced very competitively, and is a leader in terms of performance, expandability, and connectivity.

For more information about globalSAN Xtarget and EVO v4 visit http://www.studionetworksolutions.com

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About Studio Network Solutions (SNS)
SNS is a leading provider of shared storage hardware and software technology for Mac, Windows & Linux workgroups. For over 10 years SNS has been advancing workflow efficiency for the media and entertainment, broadcast, post production, digital content creation, game development, and education and government marketplaces.

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