Intervideo are delighted to announce expansion of its GB Labs Space storage network. As a specialist encoding, conversion and content management facility, Intervideo needs to maintain its technical edge. The company has to handle every new codec and format that appears and deliver the best quality processing service at all times.
Until now, client data was managed by a central Mac based SAN. Gerry Wade, the company’s technical director remarks:
“Selecting best of breed apps that run on other platforms was always a challenge. We needed a solution which was OS agnostic that could reliably manage very high IOPS*.”
The move to a complete GB Labs Space storage network lifts this restriction. Linux, Mac and Windows workstations running any application can now connect to additional tier 1 Space and tier 2 Space Echo, installed early in 2014. This complements the original Space and central tape storage system, Space LTO, which was implemented in 2012 and 2013.
It was important to streamline operations and allow every system to work in harmony and with the storage network running on Ethernet and each client connected over IP, workflows are now far easier to manage. The result is more secure data and faster turnaround times. Plus, as Space is one of the most powerful and scalable network storage systems currently available, the storage will future-proof the facility as the industry transitions towards 4K.
“We now have seamless file exchange with our media delivery systems, our encoders and our Final Cut editing platforms.” Concluded Wade.
Snöball Film opts for GB Labs Space storage
Snöball Film AS is a leader in educational video production. The company, founded in 2000, has recently witnessed strong growth, and now has some 20 employees. In 2012 the company produced more than 80 films and, to cope with increased workload, the company took the decision to upgrade their archive and storage systems both to improve its workflow and to ensure data security.
"Until this year we relied on external hard drives," says producer Marte. "But this is an expensive and labour-intensive way of working. It resulted in redundant double copies, complicated file management and poor security. We started a process to update our workflow, which would support Adobe Premiere Pro, and the full Creative Suite."
With assistance from local reseller Video 4, Snöball opted for a 40TB GB Labs Space storage and archive solution. Editors, graphic artists, directors and data loggers now have access to a intuitive and straightforward file system. External hard drives have been gradually phased out for greatly enhanced data management. New projects are ingested directly onto the server, with the team able to work on different projects from different workstations without having to worry about making local copies of the material.
"We are all very happy with the solution. Our data is now handled in a secure manner, enabling us to concentrate on what is, after all, the most important thing: to make good, informative educational films."
Snöball Film's storage network is based on the 24-port Brocade switch with 10GbE uplink ports. The storage itself is housed in a USYSTEMS silenced rack cabinet.
For more details: http://www.snoball.no/