The University of Utah had a problem; its arrangement for video production storage no longer met its needs. The school needed an IT storage solution. However, networked RAID arrays could be complex. They needed a solution that could be networked yet as simple to use as a direct-attached drive . They found their solution in the Drobo B800i.
The university had been using a combination of internal storage and direct-attached USB drives to store their video production projects. This created a number of problems. It created a system that was not very flexible; projects could be done only on a certain machine unless stored externally. Storage could be very limited, especially with the internal hard drives on the workstations. Multimedia storage ate up a lot of space quickly. There was also complexity in the system; you had to keep track of all those drives and all that data. And, the system was not very reliable. Not only could you lose entire projects if a USB cable got unplugged, there was no redundancy in the system.
They wanted IT storage to create a single point for all files, where any workstation could access any project. They also wanted to reduce complexity. In the end, they chose to base their storage around the 8-bay Drobo B800i SAN array with iSCSI. iSCSI gives them the power of IT storage with local disk-like ease of use. The Drobo was also simple to set up. Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology allowed for automatic setup of their system; it required no understanding RAID types or even creating a hot spare. In the future, when video storage uses all available storage, it’ll also allow for instant expansion of their storage through any combination of off-the-shelf hard drives. Most of it all, it hit a price/performance point that is lower than any other solution they considered.
“Drobo allows a common storage point for video projects (and) allows editing from any of our editing stations. Projects were originally stored on each station, and scheduling editing time was difficult. Editing stations had limited internal storage, so USB attached drives supplemented storage. If a USB drive was unplugged during an editing session, the project was corrupted and lost.” -Michael Davis, Information Technology, University of Utah
Switching to Drobo enabled the University of Utah to take a very complex, inconvenient, and less than reliable multimedia storage system and turned it into something that just works. They’re very satisfied with what they have. If your business or institution has a similar issue, Drobo could also have your solution. You can learn about our full line of business products at http://www.drobo.com/products/business.