If you have an aging Apple Xsan environment or need a robust asset management environment that Cantemo Portal can deliver, you can’t miss this opportunity to chat informally with folks from all three companies over a beer. Come to the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago or the Cambridge Brewing Company in Boston to hear more about how 1303 Systems, Cantemo and Quantum can help improve collaborative media workflows and extend the value of your content.
Like so many mid-sized media facilities, a recent customer I talked with was 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.