Having added a 56 Gigabit Production backbone and multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks to the facility, and purchased additional ISIS storage from Avid, Napier turned his attention to nearline storage.
A legacy system, that been installed when the company was much smaller, was in place but that had been outgrown “in terms of size, bandwidth and flexibility.”
Available space, says Napier, was a big issue. With larger codecs, the increased data that comes with handling UHD formats and ever swelling shooting ratios, the volume of media being delivered by clients was on the up. As a result, additional fast access storage space was required for all departments.
Ahead of choosing a nearline system for the job, Napier and his team drew up a list of priorities. The storage needed to be: