"We are quite satisfied with the storages from QSAN and Western Digital. Now our PB-scale archival data are stored securely and economically in a very small footprint, and we can just add additional PB capacity in 4U rack space later without interruption of services."
The company specializes in entertainment media production including films, TV projects, shows and advertising. Its projects are highly popular both in Russia and abroad. The company creates hundreds of hours of video content and this amount constantly grows.
As the number and size of digital media contents grow over time, the existing NASes in different locations are not able to maintain the data services with quick access to the massive media files for sharing and archival. It becomes more complicated to find new space and network links to add more NASes for expansion. "Besides all the challenges we have," said the IT manager. "Just as importantly, any solution had to be extremely reliable. Businesses will not tolerate downtime."
Additionally, the increasing resolution such as 4K or 8K for digital media contents will trigger the demand for much more storage space in the next couple of years. "The new storage systems must support our future expansion efficiently and economically." Supplemented by the IT manager
After thorough market research and consultation, QSAN was selected as the storage vendor for the best ratio of price and performance. QSAN XCubeSAN 1200 series offers the most cost-effective storage solution without compromising on performance. Its hardware and software features provide the highest level of data security. Due to the big volume of data, a huge number of drives was required. The available space in racks did not allow to use this big number of drives with the standard 4U24 JBODs. QSAN certified Western Digital Ultrastar high density JBOD Data60 and 102 JBODs as expansion solution. So the best choice in this situation was to use QSAN XS1212D with Western Digital Ultrastar Data102 allowing to use up to 102 LFF (3.5") HDDs in 4U rack space. The whole solution of a storage unit with a JBOD just takes 6U rack space and connectivity is simple and clear. Further expansion and upgrade won't take much space and can be arranged without downtime. Each QSAN storage supports up to 4 Western Digital Ultrastar high density JBODs. It deserved mentioning that Data102 with half population offered better cost and much higher capacity than standard 4U24 JBOD.
Thanks to QSAN and Western Digital, the company has consolidated its file sharing and archival storage into a very small footprint. Even 1PB+ archival data now is stored in a 6U rack space. "We are quite satisfied with the storages from QSAN and Western Digital. Now our PB-scale archival data are stored securely and economically in a very small footprint, and we can just add additional PB capacity in 4U rack space later without interruption of services." said the IT manager. Also, the company's content producers have the IO performance fast enough to access the files without congestion. "QSAN meets all our storage requirements in performance, scalability, reliability, and TCO, even far beyond our expectation!"