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MTI Extends Their Online Workflow Storage
posted by Quantum Corporation  on July 7, 2016 (2 years, 6 months, 10 days ago)

As an organization offering services that range from managing dailies and post-production editing to transcoding and final content delivery, MTI has no time for mistakes, slowdowns, or equipment failure.

“Post-production and dailies services for episodic television create unusual workflow and storage challenges,” explains John Stevens, MTI Film CTO. “We bring enormous amounts of data into our system. A typical project generates six to eight terabytes per day per project—and we normally have more than half a dozen series going at once. Our challenge is making all of that content available immediately for producers to view, and storing it in a location that allows the post-production team to access it as needed. Speed is critical. So is shared access to the files. So is raw capacity. And all the problems are becoming compounded as we do more projects, as resolution moves toward full 4K, and as we have to support different formats and platforms.”

MTI Film has used Quantum’s StorNext platform for its shared workflow since the company launched its digital post-production services in 2009. But as MTI Film began to hit the limits of its existing storage system, it became increasingly apparent that constantly adding more RAID was not practical, especially considering the difficultly of maintaining reliable RAID volumes over a petabyte. What they really needed was storage that could scale into many petabytes without the limitations of RAID, but that still offered fast access to easily shared stored content. After looking at alternatives, MTI chose to deploy Quantum Lattus Extended Online based on object storage technology.

Lattus Extended Online uses a proven object storage approach with major advantages over RAID. It scales from 100TB to hundreds of petabytes, and protects data from equipment failure or site loss using self-healing technology and spreading data across multiple systems and sites. That distribution creates reliability levels much higher than RAID, and makes access to content much faster than tape or public clouds. Because Lattus is an extension of MTI’s online storage, MTI can employ all of the StorNext APIs and management techniques to develop additional services for its clients, including giving clients direct access to stored files.

For more on how Quantum worked with MTI and IMT, check out the entire Customer Story: http://www.quantum.com/customerstories/mtifilm/index.aspx

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