Over the last 12 months we’ve seen a steady increase in demand for high performance shared storage for larger Final Cut projects which has prompted the recent expansion; adding new hardware and licenses to support larger arrays and additional users.
In a 1U form factor and with redundant power, Lights Out Management, enterprise robustness and a native OS X user interface and management suit, ActiveSAN is a fully integrated Metadata Controller solution running in an active/active setup which fitted the bill. Coupled with ActiveRAID and ActiveRAID expansion Active’s enterprise class high availability storage solution optimized for Apple Xsan, Quantum StorNext and Mac OS X server applications it boasts 16 hot swappable 4x SAS drives Dual 4Gb/s Fibre hosts per RAID controller per chassis and can support up to 8 Streams of Uncompressed 8 bit HD (1920x1080p 30fps) in a 32 drives (dual chassis) configuration.
As the only UK Broadcast hire company offering this system with full installation and support, we now actively deploy the ActiveSAN and ActiveRAID solutions on many OB and post production projects including the forthcoming Crufts 2012 at the NEC Birmingham and BBC Snooker. Typical systems would include up to 72TB of high speed storage making the system perfect for online non-linear editing.
For more information you can find it in in our equipment hire section, under Non Linear Storage, then Shared Storage, then ActiveSAN or you can give us a call and we would be more than happy to talk to you about the benefits.