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."
Dot Hill Lands Leading Storage Role With Framestore
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