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German Post-House Schnittwerk Buys Facilis Storage

German post house, Schnittwerk is the first facility in Europe to install Facilis’ new Hub Server product. It has also added more shared storage from the company.

Cologne-based Schnittwerk bought its first Facilis system in 2012 - a TerraBlock 24D 24TB with a 64TB expansion. This system enabled collaborative editing on a new non-fiction production where they worked simultaneously with six Avid Media Composer systems in online quality, as well as color grading and retouching.

“Even at this time, the Facilis system was extremely reliable, high performance and flexible,” commented Marc Czessack, Head of Technical Post. “Especially the access to material on a cross-platform and cross-application basis was one of the main reasons for adopting the TerraBlock system.”

“It did not take long before we expanded the capacity of our TerraBlock system to provide additional production capacity,” continues Czessack. “The extension was very easy to accomplish because only one expansion chassis had to be attached to the existing system.

At the beginning of 2017, Schnittwerk instigated a third major TerraBlock system expansion with the addition of a TerraBlock 24EX/32 256TB storage system for high-resolution color grading, VFX and mastering. Having already deployed 440TB in facility among three separate server chassis, Schnittwerk ordered a Hub server as soon as it was available.

“There are not many shared storage systems that allow real Avid project sharing and Bin locking,” explained Marc Czessack. “Avid's own storage solutions were not appropriate since they are not designed to work with third-party applications, which come from other manufacturers. Also, EditShare was also not suitable for us because the performance of their product was not good enough.”

“There are certainly cheaper solutions available, but they are far from flexible and fast. Now, with our TerraBlock and Hub Server system, we are able to access all volumes at every workstation and in multi-user write mode. This means that the storage space can be used much more effectively: no copies and versions have to be created and the individual workstations can also be used more flexibly for several applications. Most workflows have been simplified and automated in many ways.”

Throughout the project, Facilis worked with local channel partner, Systempiloten.

Facilis says its Hub Server is aimed at protecting customers’ current storage investment and providing the most future-proof new systems available.

“The Hub Server architecture optimizes drive sets and increases the bandwidth available from standard TerraBlock storage systems,” the firm’s James McKenna, VP of Marketing says. “In addition to this, Facilis is also shipping SSD and Hybrid systems with 12Gb/s components that are the fastest shared storage systems in the smallest form factor available. With Hub server, we have provided our customers a way to use their existing Facilis products in a new, high-performance architecture that takes their facility performance to the next level.”

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