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Royal Shakespeare Company invests in GB Labs Space

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s in-house Video Media department is responsible for producing high quality and engaging trailers, synopsis, interviews and education content to promote the Royal Shakespeare Company and its award winning stage productions.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s previous storage solution consisted of an array of stand-alone edit suites with locally attached external drives amongst a few basic NAS units. As the RSC’s demands for their storage requirements changed, with projects and file sizes becoming larger resulting in increased transfer times, a faster solution was required.

Following wide reaching research to find a more streamlined workflow, the RSC found that GB Labs’ product line-up was the ideal collaborative upgrade they required. The features, along with the ability to expand UP and DOWN without re-designing the system, where a particular draw.

A combination of Space 32TB and Space EX 16TB was chosen for the RSC’s 48TB online storage; this currently works in harmony with their older nearline NAS units with an off-site clone while LTO-6 provides offline storage and archiving. The solution currently serves 6 workstations using DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premier Pro and Nuke with 3 of the clients connected via 10GbE.

Benefits of Space for the RSC:

Speed – The ability to backup and archive much faster than previously
Reliability – To be able to trust and rely on Space
FTP – To conveniently exchange data with other sites.
Support of third party NAS – For seamless interaction with other storage servers.

‘I definitely recommend GB LABS to anyone looking for a fast, reliable shared storage solution; SPACE has simplified our work flow and reduced data transfer times down to zero with all our systems sharing the same central storage. The server has performed flawlessly, with zero down-time to date!’

‘GB LABS have made our phased acquisition approach possible; as we plan to increase performance with HYPERSPACE and expand our nearline storage with ECHO in due course.’

‘The addition of SPACE has allowed us to join all of our post production systems together, allowing our Ingest, Edits and Grade Suite to share the same footage over 10GbE, bringing our data transfer times down to zero. This has streamlined our work-flow, simplified our data management and greatly increased productivity. Our existing NAS units have been repurposed as nearline storage and are fully integrated into our SPACE workflow.’

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Using Myricom® Sniffer10G Adapters for DDOSs

Staminus Communications provides a unique patented hybrid layer 3-7 tap-based Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) solution. A solution that scales horizontally and features global threat intelligence, unrivaled response time in stopping DDoS attacks and centralized management for both cloud and appliance-based implementations.

The Staminus code stack supports dynamic workload mobility from the customer’s on-premises cloud to Staminus IP backbone public hyperscale cloud, providing fully automatic and scalable global DDoS mitigation. All the software is developed in-house, starting with the core security engine (SecurePort) to UI/UX via a client portal. This enables them to mitigate tens of thousands of attacks per week, for thousands of customers and clients from over 100 countries. All types of industries choose Staminus to safeguard their mission-critical services, and in varying sizes.

Staminus is the only global DDoS mitigation network that also develops their own software technology and hardware appliances. Optimizing price and performance enables Staminus to provide low entry cost solutions while being able to scale for the largest installations. A key to this solution is CSPi’s Myricom 10G network adapters in combination with Sniffer10G software.

Challenge

Staminus needed to analyze large quantities of tra c accurately, in depth, e ciently, and quickly. These challenges are often in contention with each other, and as such made choosing the appropriate hardware very di cult. Staminus needed a platform that would e ectively support all their goals without imposing limitations in any category. Ease of implementation was another important factor as meeting their aggressive time to market goal was key. It was for these reasons Staminus selected CSPi’s Myricom Products.

Solution

Staminus developed their own SecureShield DDoS mitigation applicance using CSPi’s Myricom® 10G-PCIE2-8B2-2S network adapters and Sni er10G lossless packet capture software to achieve reliable line rate performance. This implementation was ideal for handling the heavy tra c load in real-time meeting their stringent monitoring and migitation goals.

Results

The CSPi Myricom platform provides line rate packet analysis with an associated set of tools that allows Staminus to develop their security system in line with their series of goals. It also o ers future proo ng and the ability to grow into much larger data rate analysis with backward compatibility.

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MacTalks Tech YouTube Channel on using CalDigit

The MacTalksTech YouTube Channel is focused on the newest technology products but Mac differentiates with his channel is including personal experience and thoughts about the products he presents. Recently he spoke with Caldigit about how their products have him to create the channel’s videos.

What types of products do you review?
I review a variety of different products ranging from small electronic accessories, over to smartphones and even computers. Whatever catches my attention and interest is featured on the channel.

What inspired you to put together a YouTube channel?
Honestly I needed to learn how to edit videos after recording a graduation of a family member. I thought the best way to do it is by recording an easy video like a product unboxing. It ended up on YouTube and since I enjoyed the workflow I kept on going but I always loved the newest technology and YouTube allows me to share it with people around the world.

What is your process for making your videos? What equipment do you use?
My main editing machine is a 2013 Apple Mac Pro with a 10-core processor, 64GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. I did all the upgrades myself and of course all videos about it can be found on the channel. Connected to the 2013 Mac Pro are 3 32” UHD 4K screens and a 46” LED TV. My main editing storage is the CalDigit T4 with 12TB and for the finished projects I use a variety of NAS Servers. 

What software do you edit your videos on?
My primary editing software of choice is FinalCut Pro X in combination with Motion. It lacks some professional features but for me it’s the fastest way to get videos edited. For more demanding projects and most of the client work I use Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. For photo editing my go to software is Adobe Photoshop CC.

How important is it to have fast and dependable storage like the T4 for working on your videos?
There is nothing worse than losing a finished project or footage before releasing it. It happened to me before and some footage can’t be rerecorded. Using the CalDigit T4 in Raid 1 I am sure my data is secure and I can quickly access it.

What are your opinions on the T4’s design quality?
I am a big fan of the aluminium design. The device looks great on the table next to my computer and screens. The device is quiet and the drives are easily accessible whenever needed.

How important is social media in getting your videos seen, and interacting with viewers?
Social media is what keeps me going. Hearing immediate feedback from my viewers is crucial and what differentiates Internet media from old media. I answer many Facebook messages, emails and tweets from viewers regarding hardware problems, questions or just feedback they want me to hear.

Would you recommend CalDigit storage to other professional users?
While I won’t name the companies I tried a variety of different storage devices and I only kept the CalDigit T4. Some were very loud, others crashed all the time and most of them didn’t even slightly match the CalDigit T4‘s speed. I use the CalDigit device daily and so far I’ve had only very positive experiences with it. I highly recommend the CalDigit storage options.For more information on Mac Talks Tech check out the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/m4ycee
Article by CalDigit Inc.

Aardman choose GB Labs Media Storage

Award-winning animation studio, Aardman, create film, broadcast, advertising and interactive entertainment. Their work includes Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run; to name but a few…
Aardman considered GB Labs initially because they were having problems with their existing SAN solution. Not only were upgrades disruptive to projects, but they also found that upgrading meant some of their hardware would become redundant. The first stage of the project was to introduce Space Bridge which literally bridged the gap and recycled their existing fibre RAIDs.Realising the power the Space Bridge product had achieved, discussions soon began internally with their CGI department who were having issues with their existing media storage. GB Labs were called in to do some testing on their network dataflow.
Testing was carried out with one of our SSD products and the results led us to recommend our HyperSpace solution for CGI, editing and render farm.

GB Labs installed a 3.2TB HyperSpace accelerator over 192TB of Space + HDD. Not only will this solution cater for their current requirements, but it is also expandable to 30TB acceleration over 2.3PB of HDD, making this solution future proof.

The solution serves more than 40 workstations using DaVinci Resolve, Nuke, Maya, 3ds Max, Adobe Creative Cloud and also the 25 node render farm.

GB Labs are delighted to have an ongoing relationship with Aardman, one of the best known names in Global animation.

The addition of Space + and Hyperspace to our production workflow has enabled us to join together our Edit, CGI & Render, and Grade Suite to access the same fast storage, with specific clients in each area connected over 10Gb/s links.Our aging Edit SAN storage has been recycled and now connected into Bridge to allow us to continue to grow our offline and archive storage area as different projects require, and also allows for mix platforms on the client side.”

Paul Reeves – Aardman

Aardman Animation and CalDigit workflow

VR2

Paul Reeves, Technical Engineer – Aardman Animation:

“We originally bought two CalDigit 3TB VR external hard drives back in 2010 to use with two camera crews who went off shooting live action segments around the world for a production we were working on called ‘Wallace and Gromits World Of Invention’. These drives went to North and South America, Europe, Israel, Kenya, and the far east. They were used to offload all of the camera cards, and then as media drives for two portable edit laptops that were also sent with the crews. All using firewire 800 interface, and set in RAID 1 mode. For failure we bought a spare 1.5TB dive module, but have never needed to use it.”

“After that job they became stock hard drives, and were used as general transfer drives, and then when extra projects came in they were used as specific media drives for those projects.

Over the last few years, a lot of our other brand drives have failed both on their interface boards, and the spinning discs inside, and we have disposed of then, because we have been able to rely on the CalDigits and also moved a lot of general file transfers over to file servers.
The drives have been used now as the DIT drives when I work on our live action parts of shooting our commercials. In 2011 we got a Guinness world record for shooting the largest canvas animation on Pendine beach in South Wales (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fza5QdTfyxs). The drives were used to off load both camera boxes, and then on the return journey I separated out the drives from the enclosures so from the RAID 1 there were four copies of the data in separated vehicles returning to Bristol.”
“Separately last year we also purchased a CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 to add to a PC in our Edit department to enable high speed USB 3.0 and e-SATA drives from external production houses to be connected to, and then quickly transfer our content across to their drives.Now our two VR2s live specifically as fast on-set DIT media drives to transfer original and transcoded footage from our studios to our Edit suites at the end of a shooting day.”

Overcoming Growing Pains with Space

Editology is a 9-time Promax and 4-time NY Emmy award winner for editing and design. As a dynamic and creative boutique post production company it has been highly successful over a 17 year period. Its client list including City Bank, the New York Giants, Google and Nickelodeon is proof of the quality of their output.

A few years ago when data management became a real issue…

“Editology is well established and respected and as a result we keep on growing. But we came to a critical point a few years ago when data management became a real issue, a real hindrance to growth.” Comments CEO Ron Humer.

At the time Editology had multiple HD projects stored on individual Mac Pro workstations. This was a way of working with a serious downside. Sharing projects between team members, maintaining working space on each system and ensuring any level of data security involved slow, manual processes, with hours spent each evening consolidating projects.

“There was no natural solution out there,” says Ron. “SAN storage systems were complex and convoluted. They were OK for organizations with full time technical support that could run metadata servers, administer expensive client licenses and manage a fibre channel installation. But they were simply way too costly for us. So our time was filled with data copying and our family life really suffered.”

It’s lightning fast…  we have stable power available on tap…

A visit to NAB and the subsequent acquisition of GB Labs Space network storage system changed everything for Editology. With the assistance of New Media Hollywood, the company installed a 48TB Ethernet shared storage device giving edit stations access to centralized media projects.
“It’s lightning fast and performs as well as it did during the demo we saw at NAB. When editing jobs arrive, we have stable power available on tap. We can simply pull up an Ethernet cable and the editors can start work. It really feels glorious.” Enthuses Ron.

Editology’s typical workflow centers on Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Cinema 4D. The team works either with ProRes HQ or uncompressed files for the ultimate picture quality, with Space supporting multiple users at full speed. “One of the things we also like about Space is that it’s Linux and Windows compatible. It’s comforting to know that any client workstation can just plug in to the data and get working with no loss of performance.”

All our projects concurrently without endless data shifting…

As Editology moved from ad hoc data management to a centralized system, Ron was concerned to future-proof the network and ensure that it would be ready for a second phase which will focus on data security. “GB Labs have expansion units for our original system that just seem to plug in and work from the get go. They also have lower cost nearline appliances that are also Ethernet-based for media archiving and data back-up. We’re in the process of weighing up our options now.”

Corporate, broadcast and event work are all core Editology activities. “Content for a football game or  Syfy Channel movie promos can have a very short deadline; work for  fashion image campaigns like Argyleculture may have longer lead times. Central storage gives us the flexibility to work on all our projects concurrently without endless data shifting. Now we can do our work and still get home in time to see the family.”
Editology’s work is located at vimeo.com/editology. Visit www.editology.com for more details.

Transmitting Love… Live with GBLabs Space

LoveLive loves Space
The Transmitter project forms an important part of the work of the LoveLive team. The video crew needed to upgrade its post production infrastructure to cope with the massive influx of media files and video clips that have to be turned round fast to share with the eager online audience.

“At any one time, the team is working on anything from five to 20 projects.” Remarks Kevin Molloy Head of TV. “Our existing editing workflow badly needed updating to cope with the increased workload and to safeguard our content. One thing we were clear about was that sticking with directly connected storage was creatively very limiting and security-wise was an accident waiting to happen.”
Initially, the team looked at SAN options, but were quickly put off by the cost of licences and lack of scalability. Next up for consideration was an Ethernet-based NAS system, as Molloy explains:
“On paper it’s very attractive. It makes sense to share files over a LAN and we assumed that transferring data to and from archive would be a simpler process. But we didn’t realise quite how true this would turn out to be.”
LoveLive turned to GB Labs’ Space, a scalable and easily expanded NAS storage system which delivers very high concurrent stream counts. Unlike generic NAS devices, it is optimized for media ecosystems and can sustain its performance even with multiple users attached, simultaneously reading and writing 4K, HD and proxy video clips and high bitrate audio files.
The ability to support any format has been essential. LoveLive uses a variety of cameras from DSLRs and ENG camcorders, up-to large sensor 3K and 4K cameras. Mac Pro workstations connect to the tier one storage, running Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, and Avid ProTools. A key advantage for users is that Space integrates easily with third party systems. For LoveLive this means that their EVS multi-channel recorder can capture directly to the system, with editors cutting content even as HD files are still growing. Molloy contends:

“As you can imagine, there’s a lot of file and project management involved, so Space’s common sense approach to data management is very welcome. We purchased a GB Labs LTO Space four-tape central back up system and the archiving and restoring of projects is fast and very straightforward. Transmitter is growing so quickly that we’re not sure what the next stage will be from a technical standpoint – we’re interested in their nearline offering as well as their super-fast SSD online platform. Time will tell what we do next.”

Much of the LoveLive’s work involves filming in the field with multiple cameras. This posed a particular issue, namely, how to turn around content fast when the crew is in a remote location, such as at the Leeds and Latitude festivals. To address the problem, LoveLive again turned to GB Labs, and its portable Midi Space RAID storage system. Based around the same principle as the rack-mounted Space, the desktop version is light enough to be used in a temporary studio or OB van, giving fast, sustained performance to multiple concurrent users. The improved productivity is matched only by the enhanced security offered by Midi Space: data saved to the drive of a laptop is highly vulnerable compared with the protective environment of a RAID system.
LoveLive Music Channel

LoveLive Music Channel

Molloy concludes: “With our huge workload and painfully short turnaround times, we push Space and Midi Space very hard. But we’ve never lost any data, even when we suffered a hard drive failure. And even with a disk out of action, the editors were still able to do their job – it’s a very impressive system.”