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1. Tell us a little bit about Speakeasy

Speakeasy was established in 1993, and is one of the UK’s longest standing corporate communication agencies, specialising in the production of high quality films, live events and multi-channel campaigns for staff engagement and training.

With nearly 40 communication specialists in our London and Scottish offices, Speakeasy has established long term relationships with some of the UK’s largest blue chip clients, including Lloyds Banking Group, BAE Systems, BP, NHS, SSE and RBS. Our proposition is based on providing a friendly, highly flexible service, with projects ranging from landmark motivational films for Lloyds and BAE Systems to regular webcasts and animated films for Scottish Government and Lloyds, large scale staff and stakeholder engagement events for Wolsely UK and the Bank of New York to interactive training resources for the NHS and SSE.

Speakeasy believes passionately that strong businesses are built on mutual understanding and trust, and we are proud of the part we play in helping our clients break down barriers to establish a strong collective understanding of it’s company values and business goals through effective communication.

2. What problems were you facing that set out to solve?

Our archive was simply getting too big to keep on our XSan. Our clients often refer back to their back catalogues, so we needed to keep them on-hand – a near-line storage solution was needed. We wanted something super-safe and super-reliable with room to grow in the future.

3. How long have you had your MatrixStore and how is it used?

We’ve had the Matrix store for 3 months now. It’s used as a vault really, all our finished films live on it, alongside an LTO-5 backup. We use the Dropspot app to move finished films to the MatrixStore and add project metadata so we can find it in the future. We also store frequently used rushes and archive.

4. Has it worked as expected, better than expected or not as expected?

It’s worked better than we expected, we’ve had no problems with it at all.

5. How do you rate MatrixStore for protecting your data?

We rate it very highly, the level of redundancy it offers was one of it’s main attractions for us.

6. How much time do you spend Managing MatrixStore?

Almost no time at all, it really doesn’t need it.

7. How do you rate Object Matrix as an organisation to deal with?

Great, the support has been good – always there when we’ve needed it. It’s a very personal service.

8. How do you plan to use MatrixStore in the future?

It will always be our primary vault storage in-house via Dropspot, but we have lots of plans to use it as the basis for a much larger Media Asset Management system. Eventually, we want to have a system that means we can access our library through some kind of web portal, and tie it into a larger Media Asset System.

9. Comment on overall experience working with Object Matrix:

It’s been very straightforward, a really easy relationship.

Programs made using MatrixStore:

Some recent work includes projects for: Lloyds Banking Group, BAE Systems, NHS, Arup, Scottish Government & Scottish and Southern Energy.

Website : Speakeasy