Jeff Moore, president of Ross Video, showed me several of the company's new offerings for NAB this year, including the SoftMetal 3000 and 4000 series video servers. The next generations in the SoftMetal family are integrated media servers thatcome with I/O and storage all contained in a compact 3RU package.
The 3000 series is a Server Class Platform available in either standard or multidefinition versions. The 3000 series supports up to eight simultaneous record/play channels in SD and up to four simultaneous record/play channels in HD. It uses SATA drives and offers up to 14TB of media storage.
The 4000 series is a Premium Server Class Platform built with high internal bandwidths and processing power. The 4000 series is a multidefinition server that supports up to eight simultaneous record/play channels in HD. It uses high-performance SAS drives with a total capacity of up to 6.3TB. The 4000 series is designed to support 1080p50 and 1080p60 3Gb/s operation.