root6 has deployed PixStor from Pixit Media at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at The University of York. The University’s media facility required a new storage area network capable of supporting the extreme peaks of use involved when all 48 students in the lab are required to access the same clip simultaneously, and also cater for the high bandwidth required for uncompressed grading and finishing.
The reseller’s sales director Rupert Watson explained: “PixStor uniquely combines SAN performance with the manageability of a central NAS in a single unified platform – it’s a software based approach to performance and capacity scaling that we are particularly excited about.”
PixStor is based on IBM’s GPFS with proprietary enhancements to make it suitable for the demanding media market. Hardware agnostic, customers are able to select the most appropriate hardware for storage and networking from a range of certified components, designed to reduce growth and support costs.
“The fact that we could choose our own hardware was of considerable importance,” said technical facilities manager Erik Olafsen. “Like others, our storage requirements are ballooning. In our case we’ve currently installed 140TB of Dell storage but undoubtedly this will increase in the future. The beauty of the PixStor solution is that it will scale as we expand, continuing to provide predictable performance at a cost realistic to our operation.”
A final factor in selecting root6 and Pixit Media was the two companies’ abilities to integrate with the University’s existing IT environment. Pixit Media supports performance from the desktop application down, implementing authentication services such as Active Directory where required, and incorporating the network fabric into the overall solution.