Spectra Logic has announced that ColorTime deployed Spectra’s StorCycle Storage Lifecycle Management software to automate cleanup of their production storage area network (SAN) and free up space for their incoming digital content. At the same time, ColorTime also installed a Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System, a Spectra BlackPearl Object Storage Disk System with 500 terabytes for quick recall of active projects, and a Spectra Stack Tape Library to ensure safe, scalable and economical preservation of its high-resolution digital media.
an established Hollywood post-production studio that specialises in all aspects
of digital media, content creation, and management and distribution for TV,
needed to find a solution to their overflowing repository of digital content.
ColorTime ingests raw camera footage to be colour corrected and edited, and
also scans original film as high-resolution digital intermediate files to be
stored. All of this amounts to the processing of millions and millions of small
files as part of their busy media workflow.
growing content was overrunning ColorTime’s SAN, and they wanted to reduce the
amount of data on their primary storage tier, freeing up room for incoming
projects. They also needed to manage their folders and files based on customer,
age and type so that assets could be searched and recalled easily and quickly.
Lastly, they wanted to copy projects to a tape library where they could be
stored until finishing as well as for cost-effective, long-term
a thorough review, ColorTime chose a complete storage solution from Spectra
Logic that improves content management, helps to streamline post-production
workflows, maintains content availability, and safeguards data for distribution
and future use.
deployed StorCycle software because of its ability to identify inactive files
and migrate them off the SAN to lower-cost storage options via their new
BlackPearl Converged Storage System, while still enabling ColorTime
professionals to easily find and restore those media assets. In addition,
StorCycle makes it possible to re-use predefined migration jobs and automate
the cleanup of production storage on an ongoing basis.
“Spectra’s StorCycle storage management software was exactly what we needed to scan and move files to free up space on our storage area networks, enabling us to reduce spending on additional SAN clusters,” says Bill Wornack, chief technology officer at ColorTime.
studio also deployed a BlackPearl Object Storage Disk system that stores active
projects and high-resolution work-in-progress files with expiration dates of 30
days for efficient use of space and quick recovery. In addition, the newly
deployed Spectra Stack Tape Library provides ColorTime with a modular long-term
data repository that will enable them to seamlessly scale as their storage
“I am amazed at the size of ColorTime’s projects, the depth of their attention to detail, and the breadth of their organisation’s capabilities. I am proud that Spectra Logic is a part of their workflow and viewed as a trusted vendor,” says Nathan Thompson, Spectra Logic CEO and Founder.
“Working with Spectra has been seamless from sales to implementation, and we are confident in the solution’s future roadmap and our long-term relationship with the company,” Wornack adds.
Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic vice president of business and strategic alliances, comments, “We could not be more pleased that ColorTime selected Spectra Logic’s total solution to help automate their workflows and create efficiencies that are directed toward high-quality creative work.”