26 Mar 2020

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespear Company's previous storage solution consisted of an array of stand-alone edit suites with locally attached external drives amongst a few basic NAS units.

As the RSC's demands for their storage requirements changed, with projects and file sizes becoming larger resulting in increased transfer files, a faster solution was required.

Following wide reaching research to find a more streamlined workflow, the RSC found that GB Labs' product line-up was the ideal collaborative upgrade they required.

The feautures, along with the ability to expand UP and DOWN without re-de-signing the system, where a particular draw.

A combination of SPACE 32TB and SPACE EX 16TB was chosen for the RSC's 48TB online storage; this currently works in harmony with their older nearline NAS units with an off-site clone while LTO-6 provides offline storage and archiving.

The solution currently serves 6 workstations using DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premier Pro and Nuke with 3 of clients connected via 10GbE.

Benefits of SPACE for the RSC: Speed - The ability to backup and archive much faster than previously. Reliability - To be able to trust and rely on SPACE. FTP - To conveniently exchange data with other site. Support of third party NAS - For seamless interaction with other storage servers.

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Working with the archives team, the broadcaster's Research & Development team and GB Labs, a system was configured that integrates with existing fault tracking, QC and database systems.

The project being given priority because of was the impending obsolescence of the D3 format tapes that the content was originally recorded on.

Facing the prospect of holding years of programmes on unusable tapes, the archives team needed to transfer the content to modern media, quickly, safely and accurately.

Ben Pearce, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of GB Labs, comments:

“The archive tapes need to stand the test of time so the broadcaster stipulated that the LTO drives should be able to sustain the maximum writing speed in order to avoid any wear from tape shuttling.

And to ensure that as many as 20 quality control operators can concurrently access any of the uncompressed files over its network, they had to be sure that our shared storage solution could handle this high level of data traffic.

With the SPACE and VAULT integration, the transfer and quality checking process has been significantly speeded up while data security has been improved.”

With tape handling reduced, copying times lowered and the speed of fault tracking increased, BBC Archives are now working their way through the backlog of material awaiting quality control.

The team has learnt lessons about resilience and redundancy along the way and is now confident that it has now mastered an improved method of fast and safe content archiving.

News archives, comedy shows, dramas and documentaries are now secured for future audiences.

Whether it is released on disk, broadcast as TV repeats, made available via an online platform or simply pored over by social historians, years of D3 archive have been preserved for posterity.

The project being given priority because of was the impending obsolescence of the D3 format tapes that the content was originally recorded on.

Facing the prospect of holding years of programmes on unusable tapes, the archives team needed to transfer the content to modern media, quickly, safely and accurately.

I definitely recommend GB LABS to anyone looking for fast, reliable shared storage solution; SPACE has simplified our work flow and reduced data transfer times down to zero with all out systems sharing the same central storage.

The server has performed flawlessly, with zero down-time to date!

GB Labs have made our phased acquisition approach possible; as we plan to increase performance with HyperSpace and expand our nearline storage with ECHO. in due course.

The addition of SPACE has allowed us to join all of our post production systerms together, allowing our Ingest, Edits and Grade Suite to share the same footage over 10GbE, bringing our data transfer times down to zero. This has streamlined out work-flow, simplified our data management and greatly productivity. Our existing NAS units been repurposed as nearline storage and are fully integrated into our SPACE workflow.