Bright Targets Small Postproduction Facilities with Launch of

New BrightDrive Astella Media File Server at NAB 2011

Las Vegas, NV, April 12, 2011: Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technology for shared media environments, will be debuting BrightDrive Astella, a new entry-level media file server designed specifically for the smaller postproduction facility, at NAB 2011. BrightDrive Astella is an all-in-one-box media file server that enables small facilities to benefit from the full functionality of Bright’s field proven file server technology at an affordable price point. The new server is suitable for all types of file-based workflows, including commercials, animation, DI, dailies and VFX, where operators share media between workstations.

BrightDrive Astella combines the data storage, the meta-data server and intelligence of BrightDrive all in one convenient appliance. As with Bright’s full-sized BrightDrive G2 and G2 Pro media file servers as used by customers worldwide, the Astella is compatible with all leading file-based media applications and file formats, making it easy to integrate with existing workflows.

“We are very excited to be launching BrightDrive Astella at NAB 2011,” said Ed Rodriguez, President and Chief Architect of Bright Technologies. “It offers value for money without compromising performance, making it perfect for ambitious start-up postproduction facilities that want to focus on making the correct technology choices right from the start. Astella is also the ideal plug-n-play solution for facilities wanting to maximize efficiency and service for customers who don’t need more than two 2K streams.”

BrightDrive Astella is an optimal aligned combination of hardware from Rorke Data and Bright’s media file server software. Rorke’s Aurora provides the storage on a 36bay enclosure including the meta-data server, while Bright’s server intelligence makes sure that system performance always stays at the highest possible level by continually maintaining and updating optimal file arrangement within the storage space. BrightDrive Astella uses BrightClip™, Bright’s unique patent-pending recording technology that eliminates randomization and therefore prevents the degradation of system performance.

BrightDrive Astella is available from mid of May 2011 direct from Bright Technologies and its worldwide network of resellers.

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