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Deluxe picks DataDirect Networks storage for post workflow

7 April 2014
Deluxe picks DataDirect Networks storage for post workflow

Deluxe Creative Services has deployed DataDirect Networks (DDN) WOS object storage for storage and sharing of digital content requirements critical to the filmmaking process, anywhere in the world.

Faced with exponential data growth and a need to better manage the delivery demands of its feature-film workload, Deluxe sought an improved storage architecture that would relieve pressure on its expensive tier-one SAN, reduce reliance on LTO tape, and scale more easily across its global footprint.

Following a full and competitive evaluation, Deluxe Creative Services met this challenge by deploying DDNTM WOS global object storage that ensures the maximum performance and data availability needed to meet fast turnarounds and rigorous project demands of the post production and actively accessed archive workflow from around the globe.

Deluxe Creative Services, through its respective Company 3, EFILM, Method Studios, and Beast brands, has played an important role in many films, including the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, and other box-office hits, such as Captain Phillips, Wolverine and Rush.

The fully integrated DDN and ASG solution is based on ADA, a High Performance File Archiving Software solution for large data volumes, and WOS distributed object-based storage technology. The WOS-ADA solution leverages ADA archiving and data movement capabilities in conjunction with the WOS high-scale storage capabilities, high performance read/write abilities, efficient disk utilization and geographic replication.

Upon rethinking its storage architecture, Deluxe is implementing eight WOS nodes with a total of 720 TBs of storage and an ADA archiving platform powered by four data movers; the company expects to scale beyond six petabytes in order to keep pace with ongoing expansion and project demands.

Phil Mendelson, CTO of Deluxe Creative Services, said: “We’re always expanding, so we expect to see WOS grow to 6 PBS pretty quickly. DDN is helping us build a model that is as effective as SAN storage but far more economical and scalable—I believe object storage is the future of network storage.”

To deliver storage performance that rivals Deluxe’s SAN yet scales globally, DDN architected the WOS solution without an underlying file system. This architecture enables Deluxe Creative Services to achieve performance that matches its tier-one storage yet expands easily across its geographically distributed environment to meet the needs of its remote teams.

As WOS nodes are deployed around the globe, a boost in productivity is being experienced at each location because finding content now is much easier and requires less effort.

An additional benefit of WOS is increased data reliability as the platform offers a choice of data protection capabilities through ObjectAssure, which provides local, replicated and globally distributed erasure coding to safeguard data with very high durability and availability at multiple locations.

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