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InMedia

Xcellis Completes Factorial Equation
Tim Benson, Director and Technology Evangelist
at Factorial discusses storage and archive, an area
which underpins many of the workflow
solutions the company provides...

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ardware and software integration
and professional services for
the media and entertainment market
represent about three quarters of our
business at Factorial.
From our facilities in beautiful
Wellington, New Zealand, we engineer
technical solutions and media
workflows for projects ranging from
lower-budget domestically produced
features and short films, to some of
the largest and most sophisticated
Hollywood films yet produced.
Our clients include post-production
houses including Peter Jackson's Park
Road Post Production, which worked
on The Hobbit Trilogy, King Kong, and
District 9, as well as assorted Auckland
broadcasters, including New Zealand's
national indigenous broadcaster,
Maori Television.
Our team is heavily involved in
architecting, storage, and archive
systems for such clients and in helping
them to develop collaborative media
workflows, from ingest through
editing, post-production, archive and
beyond.
High-Performance
Scale-out storage from Quantum
underpins many of the solutions that
we provide, and the company's new

Xcellis high-performance, end-to-end
shared workflow storage solution
promises to open up new opportunities
for us and our clients.
Xcellis is designed to enhance
productivity in collaborative media
environments
by
uniting
key
components of workflow storage
into one easy-to-manage hardware
solution. The system supports both
media and metadata management,
extends connectivity options for both
Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients,
and supports hosted applications.
Though this new storage solution
was unveiled by Quantum just a short
time ago, in October 2015, we find it
so compelling that we already have
specified our first system.
We have worked with Quantum
products for many years, rolling out
numerous versions across many sites,
but we find the Xcellis product release
particularly exciting on many levels.
Representing the next generation in
storage performance, Xcellis gives us
the ability to build scalable solutions
that offer even greater bandwidth and
performance - and make a massive
jump in the number of file systems
supported by one system. In short,
Xcellis packs an impressive amount
of power into a small, dense offering

Shared Workflow Storage

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uantum's
next-generation,
high-performance, end-to-end,
shared workflow storage solution,
Xcellis promises to greatly enhance
productivity in collaborative media
environments.
It
consolidates
media
and
metadata management, extending
connectivity options for both Fibre
Channel and Ethernet clients, and
hosted applications, by integrating
the most important components of
workflow storage into a single, easyto-manage, fully scalable hardware
solution.
This solution supports online work
in process, ingest and delivery, and
archive through Quantum's portfolio
of Lattus object storage, LTO tape
and Q-Cloud services, all running
on the StorNext 5 media workflow
platform.

The Xcellis Workflow Director
controls shared client access
privileges and provides simultaneous
client connectivity across all popular
network types.
Xcellis users can start with the
smallest possible system and scale
smoothly to the largest possible
system with no replacement of
original hardware investment and no
interruption.
The system can handle up to 10
billion unmanaged files, or 1.4 billion
managed files in up to 64 file system
volumes.

The Factorial team

that provides improved flexibility
over previous-generation storage
platforms.
For our clients, the exceptional
performance offered by Xcellis will
be extremely valuable as they expand
their operations to include more
work with higher-resolution content
such as 4K and 3D stereo, as well as
with higher frame rates and wider
dynamic range. All of these formats
are significantly more demanding in
terms of bandwidth and performance.
As our customers begin to adopt
these format, Xcellis will meet their
immediate needs and scale readily in
accordance as the demands of their
work evolve.
Scale Factor
In fact, though performance gains
are a clear advantage in working with
Xcellis, I think we're most happy about
the way that the platform scales.
In designing solutions and workflows
for our customers, we've always used
a "building block" approach. We tailor
a new storage system for a specific
workflow and then, over time, adapt
that system to the user's changing
requirements rather than start
from scratch. Xcellis facilitates this
approach by allowing users to start
with a quite small system if they wish,
and then scale smoothly to the largest
possible system without the need to
replace original hardware, and without
any disruption to their day-to-day
operations.
Supplying Fibre Channel SAN
connectivity along with cost-effective
LAN, SMB and NFS sharing options,
Xcellis gives us the option of using
economical IP connectivity to integrate
the system into client facilities.
Leveraging this remarkable flexibility
with respect to connectivity, we can
help our customers to streamline
their workflows. More specifically, we
can make shared storage accessible
from all parts of the workflow. Xcellis

positions us to integrate a single
storage platform with high-end
workstations via high-speed Fibre
Channel connections and, using
lower-cost IP NAS connectivity, with
systems responsible for tasks such as
transcoding, VFX, graphics, and digital
delivery.
Central Role
The combination of these enhanced
capabilities and options in one
powerful Quantum shared workflow
storage system introduces new levels
of performance and flexibility for our
customers, as well as greater freedom
in expanding their storage platforms.
Because it is built on Quantum's
StorNext platform, Xcellis also will give
our customers the many other benefits
that come with StorNext-powered
workflows.
The industry-leading streaming
performance
of
StorNext-based
solutions is especially valuable to
clients involved in fast-paced content
creation and delivery environments, as
is the ability to optimise media access
and storage using intelligent, policydriven file movement across LTO tape,
LTFS, object storage and even the
cloud.
Because StorNext systems can
be integrated seamlessly with Mac,
Windows and Linux systems, we can
design shared storage solutions that
give all users on all platforms equal
access to stored media content, in
turn enabling efficient collaboration
regardless of the platforms being used.
At Factorial we are committed to
providing high-performance storage
solutions that integrate well with
our customers' choice of creative
tools, and deliver the right balance of
performance and economy to suit their
project and business goals.
Addressing
these
very
considerations, Xcellis promises to
play a central role in many future
storage infrastructure deployments.


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