Rather than running a few very large servers and storage
arrays, our IT system is based on multiple servers, with
media data spread across many arrays.
Some regular client data
enjoys dedicated storage, thus minimizing unnecessary wear
and tear of the storage media when we are working on other
projects. The use of multiple servers and storage arrays
also enables us to maintain a low power consumption, and
most assignments require only a few devices to be powered.
To support the higher
bandwidth demands of HD editing and playback we have
established a dedicated HD-Media network served by eight
64-bit Poweredge servers and eight Powervault RAID5+0
redundant storage arrays. This network and its hardware is
independent of our other administrative and media servers
and includes teamed 2Gbit ethernet connections to our HD
media workstations with parallel 1Gbit connectivity to our
other network clients. To ensure data security and regular
backups, all media data is stored on our servers rather
than on our client workstations.
Our extensive server and
storage system enables us to hold regular client's data on
line for many years, giving quick access to archive
material for subsequent productions.
Dell server and storage
systems are our standard hardware platform.