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Globalstor® Data Corporation, a premier OEM integrator of high-performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers, is previewing the latest version of its iTrax portable audio file storage device at Winter NAMM 2010. Offering sound professionals multi-user access to consolidated, centralized and fully searchable data, the new version of iTrax operates over a standard LAN or WAN network and comes in a highly portable "lunchbox"-style casing. The latest version of iTrax is ideal for ProTools and similar audio post environments, where storage space on mixing and recording gear is often at a premium. Equipped with a solid-state 64-bit iSCSI and NAS operating system, it utilizes an iSCSI initiator to appear as a local disc drive on any computer connected to the LAN or WAN. Once the user plugs it into a networked device and the iSCSI initiators are loaded, every host system on the network can see and share all stored data. Engineers on separate workstations can simultaneously edit and mix different sessions stored on any iTrax server. "The latest version of iTrax, like its predecessor, is designed to address the storage challenges of today's digital recording and mixing environments," says Scott Leif, president, Globalstor. "In many facilities, the computers and equipment are already tied up with ProTools and other cards, so there is no room for a fiber channel port or similar device. With iTrax, the user simply plugs it into the system, and they have all the benefits of an additional hard drive without taking up space." With iTrax, audio professionals have centralized storage and retrieval of multiple sessions at their fingertips. In addition, users can remotely log into sessions from anywhere in the world using any Internet Protocol-based GUI. The new version of iTrax comprises a standalone tower with a handle, and includes five drives with optional RAID 5 redundancy. Storage capacity ranges from 2.5 TB to 10 TB (five-drive unit). Other iTrax servers are available in various configurations, ranging from an eight-drive solution with RAID protection on board to a 36-drive version with multiple levels of RAID redundancy on board. Among the high-profile music companies using iTrax include Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), which has employed a 16-drive solution with two independent RAID controllers on board to accommodate the label group's multiple projects and operators.
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