Shared Area Editing Enviroment

George Mason University Television (GMU-TV) - Fairfax, Virginia
Shared Area Editing Enviroment

GMU-TV’s team depends on a broadcast studio equipped with the latest top-notch production and post technology. At the center of its setup is a 72TB Facilis TerraBlock shared storage system, installed by Digital Video Group, Inc.

A few years back, GMU invested in several new computers that ran beautifully upon installation, but once the team connected them to GMU’s older storage system, the computers slowed down. Today, with TerraBlock those computers are running like new again. “It’s awesome to see those computers moving fast again now that they’re connected to the TerraBlock,” shared GMU-TV Sr. Producer and Director Amanda Kraus.

“When you sit down to edit, you want to be able to work, and that wasn’t as easy before TerraBlock. With our old system, it was hard to complete a thought when I was working at an edit bay. There were constant issues with the system and I wasted a lot of time troubleshooting issues with my system as well as other editors’ systems,” she added. “Performance and reliability used to be two of our biggest concerns, but now they’re of no consequence. TerraBlock is so fast and efficient that it’s really revolutionized the way we work.”

Everyday tasks that formerly proved painstaking have become seamless for GMU-TV as a result of TerraBlock’s intuitive user interface. Caldecott and Kraus can easily add users, mount volumes and access files as needed. “TerraBlock pretty much runs itself,” explained Kraus.

“That’s how I like it, especially if I’m responsible for it. I want to work with equipment that is easy
to understand, use and fix.”

With TerraBlock in place, the GMU-TV team rests assured that its data is protected and that it can easily expand storage in the future without a huge additional investment. “We have a lot of confidence in the system. The way our TerraBlock is structured with a RAID 5 array gives us a warm fuzzy feeling that our work is safe,” noted Caldecott. “Even though we have 72 TB of space, we’re filling it up quickly and I love that we have the option to easily double our capacity in the future without having to invest in another new system.”

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