Medialogy Broadcast, a London-based supplier of television and radio broadcast equipment, has installed a high-speed data store for one of Africa’s fastest growing religious TV channels, located in Nigeria.
The installation is based on a 64 terabyte GB Labs FastNAS F-16 server, which was chosen to replace an operationally restrictive combination of legacy disk drives.
Installed at the channel’s studio headquarters in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, the system provides 64 terabytes of network-attached storage in a single chassis occupying 3 U of rack space. This can be expanded to 192 terabytes if or when additional fast online storage is needed. It is configured to allow multiple network-connected users to work simultaneously, editing and rendering content before exporting completed programmes and interstitials. Deployed in the central apparatus room, the FastNAS F-16 is Ethernet-linked to the edit suites and transmission control gallery so that staff in each section of the building can co-operate in a unified workflow.
“We were invited to advise on a compact storage system that would integrate closely with the channel’s production and presentation infrastructure,” says Medialogy Broadcast’s Sales Director, Ananth Sam. “After careful evaluation of currently available products, we recommended and supplied the FastNAS F-16. It ticked all the boxes in terms of robust build quality, space efficiency, data access speed, ease of operation and price point.”
Designed for use by medium to large post-production houses and in collaborative broadcast centers, the GB Labs FastNAS F-16 can scale up to 576 terabytes with a dual unit EX expansion. Equipped with the GB Labs Velocity RAID engine, the FastNAS F-16 incorporates 16 hard disk drives and can deliver up to 2,000 megabytes per second to the network. The Velocity RAID Engine is optimized for AV usage and low latency response.
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