Initially half a petabyte of nearline storage was introduced using a Fibre Channel infrastructure based on Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3730 arrays populated with 3TB drives. This configuration consisted of two RAID systems each with 288TB of capacity housed in just 16 units of rack space. Now the Dot Hill dual-controller RAID platform provides the storage capacity for all live projects: during production it is the nearline tank holding backups, and while during archiving it is the primary data source with LTO-5 tapes, providing the second level of back-up for added data protection.
MacPherson added, "With the Dot Hill system we can run ZFS on standard NFS servers, giving us the ability to return multi-terabyte scenes to production at much shorter notice. With its greater storage density, we can now also manage our shows during the archiving stage much more efficiently. This has given us a whole new approach to storage and archive management, and we feel far more confident about tertiary storage performance. As technology has evolved, the growth of data captured on set, as well as raw digital camera output has meant that storage infrastructure planning is a crucial part of every project. Finding operational efficiencies is critical to success."
"We continue to expand our portfolio of media and entertainment customers in this important vertical market segment," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing at Dot Hill. "Working in close collaboration with our channel partners we're bringing to market powerful storage solutions at a compelling price. Our storage arrays are ideally suited to handle big data volumes with the flexibility needed by world-leading post production houses such as Framestore."
About Dot HillLeveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems — helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.