London, United Kingdom - S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. Prompted by the need to replace aging storage systems, S4C chose Infortrends EonStor DS S16F-R2651 16G Fibre Channel (FC) products, which provide high performance and reliability, alongside easy integration and solid after-sales support. This made Infortrend products a natural choice for S4C.
With over 115 hours of programming each week, presenting content quickly and smoothly is essential for S4C. Featuring the latest 16G FC technology, the Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 system is used as central storage and is a key element in the S4C workflow. The unit forms the core of the S4C hardware infrastructure, with all media coming in and going out of the building, landing on Infortrend storage. Therefore, high speed and reliability are top concerns for the broadcaster.
In addition, easy integration and deployment were critical factors for S4C during the storage selection process, being vital in minimising any downtime and transitional complications. The Infortrend 16G FC system integrated seamlessly and easily with the existing S4C IT environment, which includes Quantum StorNext SAN file systems and DALET Media Asset Management storage supervision.
"S4C was in a position that it had to upgrade and increase its production store and, after looking at various options, we felt the Infortrend solution offered by ERA ticked all the boxes, from cost to performance. Since the Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2651 16G Fibre Channel storage has been installed and integrated by ERA, it has provided us with trouble-free high performance", said Steve Cowin, Chief Technical Officer at S4C.
Infortrend storage was recommended to S4C by leading IT application provider ERA UK (www.eraltduk.com ), who have a very strong presence in the British broadcast industry. Recommending Infortrend was the natural thing to do in light of S4Cs requirements for high-end performance and high accessibility to improve services offered to their viewers. In addition, Infortrend systems are very easy to configure and integrate, said Sean Baker, Commercial Director at ERA.
We are confident the Infortrend EonStor DS 16G FC storage will allow S4C to better serve its audience with the performance and reliability our customers have come to depend on. With built-in scalability and long-term support, we expect this successful integration to become an extended relationship for all parties, commented Thomas Kao, Senior Director of Product Planning at Infortrend. About S4C S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. As a public service broadcaster, it commissions independent producers from across Wales to make the majority of its programmes. S4C broadcasts over 115 hours each week, including sports, drama, music, factual, entertainment and events, across a range of platforms, including online.
More information can be found at www.s4c.co.uk .
Founded in 1993, Infortrend Corporation (Public TPE: 2495) is a leading provider of high performance networked storage solutions focusing on quality, reliability, choice and value. Fueled by a depth of technological expertise and system level knowledge, Infortrend storage solutions have been widely deployed on a variety of demanding applications by multiple users across commercial and industrial markets. Its core brands include the ESVA, EonStor DS, EonStor and EonNAS product families.
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