12 Mar 2014

Etihad installs new creative storage network

Etihad installs new creative storage network

Entertaining at 30,000 feet

Etihad Airways, one of the world’s most dynamic new airlines, has installed a new 10Gb Ethernet creative storage network. The GB Labs' multi-tier storage solution was installed by the Middle East’s leading creative media technology distributor, MediaCast.

The new installation saw the company’s digital assets transferred from multiple external hard drives, thumb drives, local disks, and server-managed storage onto a dedicated, media- optimised network attached storage solution. The fast, online platform is supported by 256TB nearline, with offline storage provided by GB Labs’ multi-tape LTO unit.

The visual communications department at Etihad generates marketing and advertising content for video and print media. The team uses video, 3D, and graphic editing software together with the latest high-end Mac and PC workstations. SPACE’s ability to support multiple concurrent users on different platforms means that creative collaboration is now fully enabled. SPACE has no requirement for drivers or special adapters, making installation and configuration of the storage and workstations particularly straightforward.

John Roger Antonio, Product Specialist-Pro Video at Mediacast commented “Its excellent capabilities aside, we chose SPACE over other solutions due to its ease of use. The interface is very easy. Deploying a big scale solution like this, one has to get it right in the beginning, having many different equipment from different vendors and having them work together could turn out to be difficult. Having all the equipment needed from a single vendor gives you more peace of mind in terms of compatibility. A solution this complicated has to be approached with simplicity, and SPACE did just that.”

The SPACE central storage can exchange data instantly with the nearline ECHO (36 bay) system. Tools built into the storage enable the automated back-up and replication of files for a secure workflow. Assets can also be auto-copied to LTO tape, with SPACE LTO hosting up-to 4 LTO-6 drives, all running at full speed.