As an industry-leader in delivering High Definition (HD), On Demand, HD on Demand and advanced on-line services, Starz looked to upgrade further to a massively scalable, high-density and powerful storage platform to ensure expedited and reliable delivery of more than 600TBs of digital media for the more than 1,000 movies and original series episodes it provides to its millions of subscribers each month.
DDN leveraged its unmatched performance and industry-leading density to help Starz nearly double its storage capacity, cut in half both its transcode and data centre footprints including licensing and hardware costs, and add disaster recovery capabilities without adding additional administrative overhead.
Faced with explosive data growth and constant content creation, Starz was looking to further optimize its storage intensive video and audio work flows, as well as performance-sensitive encoding processes that require frame by frame translation from videotape to storage.
The company required a storage solution that would ensure consistent scalability across its environment. With original programming increasing in both quality and scale, Starz emphasized storage performance to deliver high quality encoding and transcoding for optimal uploading and playback of content.
As a broadcast storage solutions provider, DDN is uniquely positioned to support all of Starz's ever-increasing digital media work flow demands while elevating disaster recovery capabilities for the organisation.
Colin McGuire, Director of Infrastructure Services for Starz, stated: "DDN GRIDScaler is incredibly dense, as we now support primary and DR storage in four racks, compared to the nine racks we had for our legacy system in Englewood alone. This lowers our storage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) considerably and elevates energy and disk-performance efficiency."
"Based on our experience, we would have needed at least two more storage administrators to manage that much additional storage capacity and a DR facility as well if we had selected another solution. DDN's powerful storage solution has exceeded my expectations."