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EVO is a shared storage solution for multimedia production.


The system is developed and tuned for the workflow needs of TV, film, video, graphics, VFX, animation, audio, and broadcast production environments.

EVO enables your whole crew to share a high-performance, consolidated storage system. Everyone can participate in the workflow, whether they’re using the latest Mac Pro with Fibre Channel, an iMac, or a 5-year old notebook PC using Ethernet.



EVO is a RAID-protected SAN + NAS server. It’s incredibly fast, easily expandable and its flexibility is unmatched. With EVO, you can connect and share everything — and best of all, you’ll spend less and still get better performance.

  • Features

  • SAN + NAS
  • Ethernet and 10Gb Ethernet
  • Fibre Channel and iSCSI
  • File and Volume-Level sharing
  • Bin and Project sharing
  • RAID-protected, optimized for multimedia workgroups
  • Direct attach up to 16 computers — simply add a switch for more
  • Benefits

  • Share everything from 4K to ProRes
  • Native Avid Project and Bin sharing, Adobe Premiere Pro Project sharing, Pro Tools file sharing
  • Import once, instantly share
  • File/Live Ingest, edit, playout directly to/from shared storage
  • Share proxies, sound effects, and images
  • Share between Macs and PCs
  • Advantages

  • No per-seat licensing
  • Attach desktops, notebooks, iMacs
  • Supports Final Cut Pro/FCP X, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Smoke, Scratch, EDIUS, Pro Tools and more
  • Intuitive Web-based admin tools
  • 24×7 tech support available



Digital content producers all over the world are choosing the EVO shared storage system.

They’ve discovered that it offers the perfect blend of price, performance, connectivity and expandability for their organization.

We currently have more than 14 reality shows either in production or airing on television… We’ve created content for over 400 episodes of reality television, and we’re handling this high output all with EVO… Every bit of media is ingested and edited on our 550 TB EVO system — by any of our 120 FCP Mac Pro and iMac users.

Brent Montgomery, Owner and Executive Producer, Leftfield Pictures, NY

EVO has allowed us to greatly increase our workflow output. EVO gave us a virtually custom solution that was both cost efficient and with its project sharing ability, a perfect match for our workflow which often requires multiple editors reviewing and/or editing simultaneously.

Justin Lang, Senior Technical Manager of Production and Media Library, Sympoz, Inc.


EVO Shared Media Storage Server

EVO combines a high-performance, purpose-built storage array with the most extensive connectivity options available for digital video shared storage.


EVO offers both Fibre Channel and Ethernet, which isn’t something you’ll find in most storage systems. This means you’ll have access right out of the box to both volume sharing SAN storage and file/folder locking NAS features, which provide ultimate flexibility and storage consolidation for your digital video post production workflow.

You can even repurpose older storage, such as an Xserve RAID, with EVO’s built-in FC-to-Ethernet bridging capabilities!


Stop wasting time copying huge files! EVO enables each user to capture, edit, share, and play in real-time — all on central storage — while providing fast access to shared media and other assets from every suite.


Video formats — Uncompressed, Animation, ProRes, DNxHD, RED/R3D, DVCProHD, XDCAM, DV, HDV — have very different performance needs, in terms of not only bandwidth but also disk spindles. Some require more complex disk configurations, especially in a shared storage environment.

We test and optimize for peak performance with the leading codecs and applications, assuring compatibility with your needs.

Read more about EVO’s Features for media professionals.


Performance – Nearly 2.5GB/s Max Sustained System Throughput


If you’re comparing specs with other storage systems, the first thing to note is that we fill our disks to near capacity, then we start the real tests. That’s important, because it’s easy to get higher numbers on new, barely used disks. So, the numbers in our stream chart represent a much harder test — they show what you can expect from an EVO after extensive use, not just what you’ll get when it’s fresh out of the box. We capture many individual varied-length clips using several Mac Pro and Mac Mini workstations and Final Cut Pro. The clips are stacked in the timeline, mercilessly chopped up, and edited with transitions/dissolves while random starts, stops and scrubs are performed on the workstations. (We also run Finder copies during captures and playback!) After that, the tests loop continuously over several days.

EVO-v5-shared-storage-video-streamsGet Outstanding Performance from Fewer Disks

Our customers love to push the envelope, so EVO supports the most demanding video – such as 10-bit uncompressed HD, stereoscopic 3D, and 4K – over Fibre or 10GbE Ethernet. Notebooks, iMacs, and other Ethernet-based computers can do up to 8-bit uncompressed HD or multiple streams of OfflineRT and formats such as ProRes and DNxHD using only a single GbE port. And with EVO, you get a massive amount of throughput even if you use fewer drives; check out the stream chart for an example of what you can do with a storage pool of only 8 disks…

How do we get our stream counts? RAID 5 — not RAID 50 — with the file system at least 75% full, was used in all cases. Testing was conducted using 8 x 4TB disks, four models of Mac Pro workstations direct-attached with Fibre Channel, SANmp, Final Cut Pro 7, Premiere Pro, and simultaneous unique 10, 15, 30, 60 or 180 minute clips. For good measure, we also used AJA System Test at 16GB File Size, producing averages from several workstations.

For more information about SNS Shared Storage Solutions, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631


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