Build Your Own

All Avid NEXIS storage engines are powered by Avid NEXIS | FS, a highly intelligent, scale-out file system that enables collaboration and shared access to all of your media. Mix and match enterprise-class (“E”) engines into a single system for maximum performance and capacity, which can both be scaled by adding more Media Packs. The professional-class Avid NEXIS | PRO is perfect for smaller teams and remote productions.

Avid NEXIS | E2, E4 and PRO storage engines feature an embedded System Director for robust systems management, making it easy and more affordable for smaller workgroups and environments to benefit from the advantages Avid NEXIS offers. For larger scale deployments, high availability, and to deploy E5 and/or E5 NL engines in your workflow, add the external System Director Appliance (SDA) to boost your capabilities. You can even add a second controller to your SDA for redundancy. Here’s how each differs:

Using the embedded System Director 

Avid NEXIS | E2 and E4 storage engines

  • Enables up to 400 TB of raw storage capacity with 4 Media Packs (up to 2.4 GB/s total bandwidth)
  • Supports up to 40 active clients
  • Supports 8 million files
Adding the System Director Appliance with Extended File System license

Avid NEXIS | E2, E4, E5, and E5 NL storage engines

  • Enables up to 2.4 PB of raw storage capacity with 24 Media Packs (up to 9.6 GB/s total bandwidth)
  • Supports up to 165 active clients
  • Supports 20 million files
  • Provides redundancy when used with the Redundant Controller
Adding the System Director Appliance with Advanced File System license

Avid NEXIS | E2, E4, E5, and E5 NL storage engines

  • Enables up to 6.4 PB of raw storage capacity with 64 Media Packs (more than 25 GB/s total bandwidth)
  • Supports up to 330 active clients
  • Supports 20 million files
  • Provides redundancy when used with the Redundant Controller

With this in mind, here’s a look at the hardware components you can choose to create your own custom Avid NEXIS storage system.

Avid NEXIS | E5

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Designed for large-scale broadcast and post-production environments, this enterprise-class, enterprise-level storage engine offers the highest level of scalability, performance, and client connections, and requires an external System Director Appliance.

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 80–800 TB of storage capacity per E5 engine with up to 8 Media Packs (20 TB, 60 TB, or 100 TB HDDs, offering up to 3.2 GB/s of total bandwidth per engine)
  • Scalable from 80 TB–6.4 PB by combining E5 with other E-class engines into a single system with up to 64 Media Packs total
  • Modular field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • Two hot spare hard disk drives
  • 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 5U rack-mountable chassis
    Base configurations
  • Single engine controller with 4 x 20 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 4 x 60 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 4 x 100 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 8 x 20 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 8 x 60 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 8 x 100 TB Media Packs
    Options
  • Redundant Controller
  • Redundant System Director Appliance
  • 20 TB Media Pack
  • 60 TB Media Pack
  • 100 TB Media Pack

Avid NEXIS | E4

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For mid- to large-size post-production, broadcast, government, corporate, and media education environments, this enterprise-class, facility-level storage engine offers high scalability, performance, and collaboration. 

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 20–200 TB of storage capacity per E4 engine with up to 2 Media Packs (20 TB, 60 TB, or 100 TB HDDs, offering up to 1.2 GB/s of total bandwidth per engine)
  • Scalable from 20 TB–6.4 PB by combining E4 with other E-class engines into a single system with up to 64 Media Packs total
  • Modular field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 4U rack-mountable chassis
    Base configurations
  • Single engine controller with 2 x 20 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 2 x 60 TB Media Packs
  • Single engine controller with 2 x 100 TB Media Packs
    Options
  • Redundant Controller
  • System Director Appliance (primary and redundant option)
  • 20 TB Media Pack
  • 60 TB Media Pack
  • 100 TB Media Pack
  • Two hot spare hard disk drives

Avid NEXIS | E2

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For small- to mid-size post-production, broadcast, live event, house of worship, government, corporate, and media education environments, this enterprise-class, team-level storage engine offers great scalability, performance, and collaboration.

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 20–100 TB of storage capacity per E2 engine with a single Media Pack (20 TB, 60 TB, or 100 TB HDDs, offering up to 600 MB/s of total bandwidth per engine)
  • Scalable from 20 TB–6.4 PB by combining E2 with other E-class engines into a single system with up to 64 Media Packs total
  • Modular field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 2U rack-mountable chassis
    Base configurations
  • Single engine controller with 1 x 20 TB Media Pack
  • Single engine controller with 1 x 60 TB Media Pack
  • Single engine controller with 1 x 100 TB Media Pack
    Options
  • Redundant Controller
  • System Director Appliance (primary and redundant option)

Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD All Flash Array

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For post-production facilities that require maximum media throughput for demanding finishing, color grading, and VFX workflows, Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD delivers the highest level of performance.

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 9.6 or 19.2 TB of storage capacity per E2 SSD engine with a single Media Pack, offering up to 3 GB/s of bandwidth
  • Scalable from 9.6 TB to more than 1 PB of flash storage by combining up to 64 E2 SSD engines into a single scale-out system
  • Modular field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 2U rack-mountable chassis

  • Base configurations
  • Single engine controller with 1 x 9.6 TB SSD Media Pack
  • Single engine controller with 1 x 19.2 TB SSD Media Pack

  • Options
  • System Director Appliance (primary and redundant option)

Avid NEXIS | E5 NL

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For Avid NEXIS-equipped, MediaCentral-enabled creative teams working in demanding broadcast and post-production environments, this high-density, disk-based, nearline storage engine streamlines the media workflow between active and non-active production and requires an external System Director Appliance.

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 480 TB or 960 TB of nearline storage capacity with four or eight Media Packs (offering 1 GB/s of bandwidth per engine)
  • Scalable from 480 TB–7.4 PB by combining multiple engines together; can also be mixed with enterprise-class Avid NEXIS engines
  • Field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 5U rack-mountable chassis


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Avid NEXIS | PRO

For independent professionals, small post-production, house of worship, government, corporate, and media education environments, this professional-class standalone storage system can be used alongside other Avid NEXIS E-class storage engines, but not physically mixed with them.

    Features
  • Avid NEXIS | FS file system (enables you to access, scale, customize, reconfigure, manage, protect, and secure your system)
  • 40 TB of storage capacity with a single Media Pack per engine (offering up to 600 MB/s of total bandwidth per engine)
  • Scalable from 40–160 TB by combining one to four PRO engines together (cannot be mixed with E-class Avid NEXIS engines)
  • Field-replaceable storage engine controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • 2U rack-mountable chassis

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Media Pack

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Add storage capacity to Avid NEXIS Enterprise engines with a package of 10 media drives:

  • 20 TB, 60 TB, or 100 TB HDD Media Pack—provides up to 600 MB/s of bandwidth when used with E4 and/or E2 engines, or up to 400 MB/s with E5 engines
  • 9.6 TB or 19.2 TB SSD Media Pack—provides up to 3 GB/s of bandwidth (available for Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD engines only)
  • 120 TB Media Pack—provides the highest density, cost-effective storage (available for Avid NEXIS | E5 NL engines only)
  • Scale bandwidth linearly as you add capacity to optimize performance

System Director Appliance

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The external System Director Appliance is available in two options and is required for any Avid NEXIS E-class system that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Requires more than 40 client connections
  • Houses five or more Media Packs (50 drives) across all networked engines
  • Contains an Avid NEXIS | E5 or E5 NL storage engine
  • Requires mirror media protection
    System Director Appliance with Extended File System license
  • Enables a single Avid NEXIS enterprise-class system to support 5–24 Media Packs; for example, you can have:

    • Up to 24 Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD storage engines (1 Media Pack per engine)
    • Up to 24 Avid NEXIS | E2 storage engines (1 Media Pack per engine)
    • Up to 12 Avid NEXIS | E4 storage engines (2 Media Packs per engine)
    • Up to 3 Avid NEXIS | E5 or E5 NL storage engines (8 Media Packs per engine) 
    • Any combination of E2 SSD, E2, E4, E5, and/or E5 NL engines with a maximum total of 24 Media Packs
  • Enables a single Avid NEXIS system to support 165 active clients
  • Enables high availability performance and protection
  • Supports the Extended Avid NEXIS | FS
  • Increases the total system-supported file count from 8 million to 20 million files
  • Modular field-replaceable system director controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • Provides redundancy when used with the Redundant Controller
  • 2U rack-mountable chassis
    System Director Appliance with Advanced File System license
  • Enables a single Avid NEXIS enterprise-class system to support 5–64 Media Packs; for example, you can have:

    • Up to 64 Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD storage engines (1 Media Pack per engine)
    • Up to 64 Avid NEXIS | E2 storage engines (1 Media Pack per engine)
    • Up to 32 Avid NEXIS | E4 storage engines (2 Media Packs per engine)
    • Up to 8 Avid NEXIS | E5 or E5 NL storage engines (8 Media Packs per engine)
    • Any combination of E2 SSD, E2, E4, E5 and/or E5 NL engines with a maximum total of 64 Media Packs
  • Enables a single Avid NEXIS system to support 330 active clients
  • Enables high availability performance and protection
  • Increases the total system-supported file count from 8 million to 20 million files
  • Supports the Advanced Avid NEXIS | FS
  • Modular field-replaceable system director controller
  • Two hot-swappable SSDs for system configuration and metadata management
  • Redundant power and cooling
  • Provides redundancy when used with the Redundant Controller
  • 2U rack-mountable chassis
    Options
  • Redundant Controller—provides high availability when added

Redundant Controller

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This optional controller enables system redundancy, providing high availability when combined with Avid NEXIS enterprise-class storage engines and the System Director Appliance.

    Features
  • Enables high availability performance and protection for each storage engine
  • Supports automatic failover of critical services if a controller experiences issues
  • Prevents disruptive and costly wait times for hardware replacement
  • Supports configure-less controller replacement (swapping defective hardware requires no manual configuration)

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