Symply has announced the availability of an upgraded version of the SymplyWORKSPACE, now with embedded axle ai 2020 media asset management, to enhance collaboration and provide more efficiency in media production.

SymplyWORKSPACE is the first shared storage system using industry leading StorNext 6 for high-speed collaboration over Thunderbolt 3, supporting up to eight simultaneous, combined Mac or Windows clients and featuring advanced RAID protection for content safety.

The product features easy and reliable collaboration, working with extreme bandwidth allowing multiple streams of 4K ProRes. Its built-in AI-based MAM and thunderbolt connectivity allow for a complete shared production solution without a big investment in hardware infrastructure. The compact desk-side design is aimed at smaller post-production houses, in-house creative, ad agencies, or any creative house with smaller workgroups. The small footprint and elimination of rack requirements work well for on-set and remote production. Fast and easy setup is achieved using the included SymplyWORKSPACE Assistant software management tool.

“With the addition of axle ai 2020, the SymplyWORKSPACE is even more powerful and can be a real asset to smaller post, in-house creatives, and other content creators, looking for fast, easy and inexpensive shared storage. Thunderbolt connectivity, easy setup and now the capabilities of axle ai 2020 make the SymplyWORKSPACE an invaluable solution for today’s smaller workgroups,” says Nick Warburton, director, Global Distribution.  “SymplyWORKSPACE was already a remarkable product, but the addition of axle ai 2020 delivers even greater value.”

“We are very excited to be working with Symply and see the combination of SymplyWORKSPACE with embedded axle ai 2020 as the perfect solution for the growing number of smaller post users,” states Sam Bogoch, chief executive officer, axlevideo. “The ability to run in a Linux virtual machine on the powerful Xeon processor of the SymplyWORKSPACE is incredible. We get the speed and power we need to manage and transcode large numbers of assets on the fly. The virtual machine design and solid-state disk architecture in such a low-priced SAN is truly game changing.”

Complete SymplyWORKSPACE solutions including five seats of axle ai 2020 start at $15,495 US MSRP for 48TB of RAID protected storage and four simultaneous Mac users. Four additional users (up to eight total) can be added at any time. Several other configurations with up to 366TB supporting multiple 4K streams, and any combination of up to eight Mac and/or Windows users are available.

The upgraded SymplyWORKSPACE is available now . For COVID-safe working environments, Thunderbolt connections can use optical cables allowing users to be dispersed within a 50-meter range.

Jon Creamer