Workspace Tools


Workspace Tools protects Avid shared storage work-in-progress. There are three products in the toolkit – Workspace Projects, Workspace Backup and Workspace Sync. Together, they offer the highest level of resilience and protection, providing the industry’s fastest recovery time when measured against the hardest performance benchmark – recovery to live production.

Three licence options, plus key features of each


  • Backup your most important Avid project files with our smallest licence for Workspace Tools

  • When editing in Avid, the project files contain all the editor’s work, with sometimes days and weeks of creative input – so to lose these can be devastating

  • Workspace Projects runs analytics on Avid ISIS/NEXIS storage to ensure all projects are completely backed up

  • Protect your Avid projects with a version-controlled, time-stamped and easy-to-recover backup solution


  • Workspace Backup uses analytics on Avid ISIS/NEXIS storage to back up all projects and associated media

  • Project-aware analysis allows an individual project, or bin, to be restored to any location, with only the media it references

  • Delta Parking – a capability of Workspace Backup – delivers huge network transfer and storage efficiencies by only transferring changes, as after the first backup, all future backups are incremental

  • Incremental backup allows for the restoration of any version of a project or bin throughout the retention period, helping protect from accidental deletion

  • Writes to tier 2 storage with advanced user-configurable ‘set and forget’ rules

  • Cloud support transforms Avid disaster recovery speeds to any location


  • Works with any combination of ISIS or NEXIS, making it very simple to use any available Avid shared storage resources as part of a business continuity plan

  • Allows you to switch Media Composers and Interplay seamlessly to synchronised workspaces

  • Workspace Sync can protect all workspaces, or a just a subset

  • Frequent synchronisation of ISIS workspaces to NEXIS allows for the gradual transition over days or weeks of projects from one to the other with no downtime

  • Sophisticated ‘set and forget’ rules can be applied to manage the frequency of backups or sync jobs

How does Workspace Backup work?

Workspace Backup provides disaster recovery for Avid ISIS/NEXIS systems, using unique Avid project and workspace data analytics to understand the nature and context of assets held within a workspace, plus linked assets in other workspaces.

Time-critical disaster recovery

With the large volume of data typical in post and broadcast houses, recovery using conventional tools is too slow to enable a restart of production of critical projects within a reasonable time frame. In one customer’s case using traditional disaster recovery methods, there would have been a week’s outage while a large ISIS system was recovered. This has significant adverse business, operational and commercial impact, including missing on-air schedules and contractual deadlines.

Restore your Avid workspace

Workspace Sync can be used for complete restoration of ISIS/NEXIS workspaces, or you can restore individual projects or bins as required for fast recovery of mission-critical work-in-progress. There’s also a retention period that protects files from accidental deletion from the working storage. Workspace Sync adds to this by providing a complete duplicate of ISIS/NEXIS for immediate failover, enabling production to be recovered to the last sync point within seconds.

With our Avid systems and Workspace Backup working together, we can be certain of the integrity of our media backup, plus we can retrieve files quickly if needed. It’s an essential part of our operation.

Avid-certified solutions

Marquis's Workspace Tools products are Avid-certified, delivering Avid’s seal of approval for the powerful disaster recovery, backup and business continuity solutions. Marquis is already an Avid Certified Alliance Partner with its Project Parking software, which enables Avid project media to be archived, moved/parked or deleted as required. Now, with Avid certification for Workspace Tools, Marquis has demonstrated how its products operate seamlessly within the Avid environment.

Works with local and cloud storage

Workspace Tools – comprising Workspace Projects, Workspace Backup and Workspace Sync – currently supports large scale, backup and sync applications. Using Workspace Tools, all work in progress can now be secured in cloud infrastructure; this means the cloud can now become the main repository for project files and media. Media Composer editors can view and navigate into any version, project or bin in the backup, whether in Tier 2 storage and/or cloud.

Part of your ISO 22301:2012-certified business continuity plan 

Workspace Tools is installed at many leading media enterprises worldwide, using clever workspace analytics to provide a simple – and ultra-reliable – advanced risk mitigation and protection solution for Avid shared storage. Importantly for business owners, Workspace Tools offers disaster recovery that can form part of an ISO 22301:2012-certified business continuity plan.

Fotonflite secure transfer system

Fotonflite is an option within Workspace Tools, enabling a high performance, secure ‘on-the-fly’, point to point transfer of Avid Media Composer projects and media workspaces between source Avid shared storage and a broad range of target storage types, including Avid, generic and proprietary storage. Learn more here.

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