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Case Study

The N8850 solves Seoul Broadcasting System´s large data and performance needs
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The Challenge

Working in the TV media industry, stories and storylines need to be filmed and produced at high speed. What only has a minute of screen time, may often have taken hours to produce. Substantial amounts of film need to be recorded daily, to guarantee that the all content that is necessary is captured. This sizeable amount of footage often needs to be recorded from multiple locations outside a company’s studio each day. For the team at Korean TV channel SBS, their footage after filming also had to be sent to the SBS headquarters to be backed up to their main server, then sent to the other side of the city to their media center to be edited. It was paramount for SBS to find an alternative that provided a more efficient and less time demanding approach to moving their data, while keeping their footage secure. Faced with this dilemma, SBS contacted Thecus’ South Korean Partner Best Tech System to help solve and reduce the large periods of long transfers and backup  times. 

The Solution

Upon diagnosis of the issues with their current system, it was quickly ascertained that the deployment of the N8850 would significantly improve the data transfer rate, backup, and recovery speed. The N8850’s key functionality is it’s 10GbE capability. A 10GbE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) connection offers data speeds up to 10 billion bits per second, it is a game changer for businesses that require high-speed backup and data transfer for an ever-growing amount of data, dramatically reducing waiting time and thus enhance productivity. As the SBS team is vastly mobile filming at multiple locations throughout the South Korean peninsula, the concept of each of the teams installing NAS devices into their vehicles was realized.

Equipping the SBS Fleet

The SBS team had 12 vehicles in their fleet that were equipped with one N8850 each, in each configuration 8 Seagate 3TB hard drives were installed, providing each vehicle with 24TB of storage, leaving plenty of room for scalability in the future. To ensure data redundancy, which was essential for SBS, the N8850 delivers heavy RAID mode compatibility (0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD).  Bundled with FREE Intel antivirus software, each NAS was armed with unrivaled software protection.

To access the 10GbE functionality, SBS installed Intel Dual-Port 10GbE cards in each of the systems. Regarding the hardware, the N8850 is powered by the Intel® Core™ i3 2120 Processor, with memory expandable to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM. For the news teams to easily interact with the NAS, the user-friendly front panel was a godsend. The panel contains an interface that monitors the NAS operations, allowing the team to know what the NAS is doing and become aware if a problem occurs.

The introduction of the N8850 has been a huge step forward in productivity for the SBS team. This new configuration delivered an increase in efficiency and decreased in time spent, which means that they are now more productive and able to provide more powerful content to their viewers. Time isn’t something you can afford to waste if you are on a TV deadline.

Thank you Best Tech System for recommending the best storage solution to SBS.

About Thecus®
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.