The other day I talking with a customer from Down Under who had a problem we’re seeing more and more frequently. This media company publishes content from regional and city newspapers and trade magazines. Like other print media, their biggest challenge is adapting from print’s manufacturing-oriented processes to an information-based model that includes publishing online video content at the rate of two hundred clips a week.

And like so many other mid-sized facilities, they were relying on Apple Xsan for shared storage supported by Apple Xserve RAID. They had nearly a dozen Mac clients and running Final Cut Pro with high-speed SAN access to the shared content, plus another handful of users downloading content on the Xsan through a Mac client acting as a file server. It was a pretty typical setup for an efficient, collaborative media workflow.

Unfortunately, they had a pretty typical problem too. Apple built the last of its Xserve servers In January 2011, which means all Xserves are over three years old and closing in on the typical end-of-life for servers. The server alternatives available from Apple don’t offer the redundancy features that reduce downtime, and with the short production cycles and rigid deadlines in the news business that’s a risk they couldn’t take. So like so many others, this customer took the server upgrade as an opportunity to rethink their workflow.

It didn’t take them long to select a solution built on Quantum StorNext Appliances. Why?

  • StorNext is 100% compatible with Xsan. Their users went home on a Friday night and were back working on Monday morning without any changes to their day-to-day workflow. The staff easily completed the switchover over the weekend without installing new client software, or paying for new client licenses. It just worked.
  • StorNext appliances are enterprise-grade. StorNext Metadata Appliances offer redundancy for no single point of failure, connectivity over both SAN and IP networks, and allow team members to collaborate across Windows and Linux in addition to Mac. And StorNext Q-Series Storage has the performance needed to deliver multiple content streams to multiple clients without dropping a single frame.
  • StorNext integrates archive and backup. In the future, they plan to add LTO tape to their workflow for long-term archive and offsite backup, and dump their current error-prone manual backups to removable drives. With a StorNext AEL Archive they’ll get all that, plus policy-driven migration to make securing data automatic and file system integration to make user access seamless.

As I said before, this customer’s situation isn’t unique, which is why Quantum is now offering StorNext Pro Studio, which combines a StorNext M440 Metadata Appliance with 48 TB of StorNext QX-1200 Storage in a easy-to-buy, easy-to-manage package. Like all StorNext Pro Solutions, StorNext Pro Studio is complete and fully supported out-of-the-box, but also offers options: scale up the storage for higher capacity, scale out the metadata appliance’s storage to handle more files, or add an LTO-based StorNext AEL Archive.

When it’s time to refresh your Xsan, you can’t go wrong by choosing StorNext, the only enterprise-grade, 100% Xsan compatible solution available in the market. And with Quantum, you can rest assured that we’re committed to developing and supporting StorNext for the long-term with the same dedication that made StorNext the industry’s leading shared storage today.

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