Coop video production uses Full-Flash NAS by Synology

The Coop video production requires fast data storage for its torrent of data. This must be able to cope with the constantly growing data volume and it must be possible to expand it at any time. In cooperation with a&f systems, the Synology FS6400 Full-Flash NAS system turned out to be the ideal solution for the production and its requirements.

Initial situation and objective

Before implementing the new NAS solution, the storage solution repeatedly hit its performance and capacity limits. The large capacities also involved great costs for traditional storage systems. Production was increasingly taking place directly on the local workstations to improve performance. These were not ideal conditions for a joint production, particularly in terms of data security. A fast and reliable network storage solution with large capacities was required in this situation.

Project progress

The Media Production IT department chose a highly flexible solution with a fast Flash storage device for the current project. The department also selected a storage area with plenty capacity for work that has not yet been archived. The Synology FS6400 NAS system provides 36 TB of fast Flash storage plus capacity storage of around 130 TB in one compact unit. The system can be expanded by more than 100 TB if necessary.

Coop’s project managers initially doubted the NAS system’s ability to cope with the fast write speeds which the local Macs provided. However, all concerns were remedied when a test system was implemented with positive results. Each mac in the video production is directly linked to the NAS via a fast 10 Gbit connection. High performance is thus assured.

An additional Synology RS2818RP NAS is used for data backups. With its 16 TB hard drive and more than 200 TB capacity, this NAS provides the ideal conditions for data backups. Archiware P5 Synchronize is used as the backup solution. Its synchronisation and use of snapshots is ideal for flexible data backups. The open architecture also serves as an additional backup system in the event of the main system failing. The use of fast fibre channel connections ensures that main and backup systems are sufficiently distanced.

 

»As a NAS storage, Synology provides excellent performance and flexible solutions for Full-Flash, combined with capacity, all at an excellent price-performance ration.«
Patric Thommen, Head of IT Media Production

Conclusion

The Coop IT team is fully satisfied with the professional NAS solution by Synology. The cooperation was pleasant and went smoothly for both Coop and a&f. The new system was implemented successfully and quickly. In addition, system management is easy and no further support is required.

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Guido Steger, System Consultant
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Steger
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