Creating stadium-sized video content requires digital storage with stadium-sized capacity and performance. imag8nineteen, a small Los Angeles-based production company, specializes in visual content for live events such as Jennifer Lopez’s performance on American Idol, Stevie Wonder’s Grammy special and ESPN’s 2015 Super Bowl Party video.
Even though imag8nineteen’s final products are astronomical in size, the company’s equipment expenditures can’t be. To work with visuals with higher-than-4K resolution while keeping costs under control and avoiding workflow bottlenecks, imag8nineteen engineers implemented a LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2.
LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2
While the LaCie 8big is intended as Direct-Attached Storage (DAS), imag8nineteen was also able to set it up as shared storage. They connected the LaCie 8big to an HP Z820 workstation via a Thunderbolt 2 add-on card. Next, they daisy-chained two more HP Z820 workstations to the main one via 10 Gb/s Ethernet cards. Working from a single LaCie 8big shared drive, two to three users get excellent speeds, RAID 5 data security and 24 TB of capacity.
Using the LaCie 8big, imag8nineteen was also able consolidate footage stored on devices with slower interfaces, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and FireWire, making the process of organizing, accessing and backing up assets more efficient.
image8nineteen also takes advantage of the LaCie 8big’s dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to daisy-chain smaller drives for content delivery. Thanks to the LaCie 8big’s performance, easy setup and solid design, imag8nineteen can better meet deadlines for giant-screen projects.