Post-production specialist, Digistor, has partnered with BlueArc to expand its network-attached storage solution offerings.
Digistor’s high-performance storage solutions for broadcast markets typically utilise fibre-channel storage area networks (SAN) to deliver the speed needed to share digital media in real time over the network. But Digistor group marketing manager, Mark Richards, said not all types of media in these environments required the use of expensive SAN storage, as not all media need to be streamed in real-time.
For example, graphics and images, audio files and project files didn’t need to be streamed in real-time, he said.
“If you were setting up a studio from scratch, it would have a mixture of SAN and NAS storage options,” Richards said. “Bringing on a NAS storage solution was designed to optimise a studio’s thoroughput, and make storage more profitable than putting all data on a SAN.”
BlueArc is Digistor’s second NAS vendor. Richards said it had also brought on proNAS in the last few months.
“ProNAS offer solutions across a range of solutions that are more cost-effective while BlueArc offers the high performance solution,” he said. “Previously, we didn’t offer any NAS hardware, so our customers were using normal Ethernet networks for storage, which was an inefficient way of doing things.”
Richards said BlueArc had maintained a small presence locally.
“BlueArc has perhaps a half dozen installations in Australia and New Zealand at the moment with customers who we have worked with in the past in other areas,” he said.