The video team owns high value video projects going back several decades while the creative workgroup is constantly at work creating new programming to meet the organization’s busy media schedule. The quality of the productions is extremely high, having made the transition to HD a number of years ago. The team has always invested heavily to deliver its audience the best quality pictures and sound. This standard is now what the viewers expect, whether they’re watching on a 50 inch screen in the living room or using a tablet on their daily commute.
The broadcast engineering team has always worked with leading suppliers to invest in and integrate the right equipment. Recent projects have included the fitting of a new HD truck and the roll out of SMPTE-compliant fiber infrastructure in the studio. Over the years, the post production unit has been transformed a number of times. Video editing has undergone several fundamental revolutions, moving from linear to non-linear, from tape to file-based workflows and from individual workstations to sharing HD projects around central storage.
It was the recent upgrade of the online storage system that was the team’s biggest concern. Having invested previously in SAN technology, the team was well aware of fiber channel’s shortcomings, especially the cost of client licensing, the performance issues and the high level of support needed.
It was the recent upgrade of the online storage system that was the team’s biggest concern. Having invested previously in SAN technology, the team was well aware of fiber channel’s shortcomings, especially the cost of client licensing, the performance issues and the high level of support needed. The team’s research ultimately pointed to network attached storage (NAS) as an alternative storage technology gaining attention in the industry. Benefiting from standard Ethernet connectivity, license-free clients, support for mixed OS networks and simple capacity scaling, NAS would have clear advantages for the team. Initially, however, the reality appeared very different as the technical experts began to assess the available options.
They discovered that some manufacturers’ marketing claims simply did not match the real world experience. The team was left frustrated by the poor performance, lack of reliability and poor user experience of many of the systems.
When reseller TM Television in Dallas presented GB Labs’ Space system, they were initially doubtful that it could buck the trend. However, their hesitation proved misplaced. Performance and speed, ease of installation and use – Space ticked all the boxes. The team was so impressed it did something unprecedented and placed the order for Space before NAB 2014. After their return home from Vegas is usually when the final decisions are confirmed or a decision to keep researching is made. With Space there was no need to go thru that last process.
The Space NAS, expanded with EX units to 192TB, now resides at the centre of the creative workgroup, serving Mac workstations running the Adobe Creative Suite and Mac & PC-based DAWs loaded with Steinberg Nuendo. The storage has allowed the team to migrate all the data from the ageing and diverse storage systems onto the protected environment of the GB Labs RAID system.