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Halo Post Production has boosted its picture post functionality for 4K with PixStor software-defined storage from Pixit Media.

4kPowered by Netapp E series storage, the system was implemented and installed on-site by ERA, specialists in image-centric IT solutions for the creative industries.

“We wanted an advanced storage solution, but to avoid any proprietary technologies or restrictive and expensive infrastructures like Fibre Channel,” said Daniel Napier, technical director at Halo. “It quickly became clear that PixStor was the right solution for us, not least because they could guarantee perfect playback on multiple 4k workstations and complex VFX workflows.”

The benefit of the PixStor solution in installations such as Halo Post is that it uses best-of-breed commodity components, bringing both capital savings and an ease of maintenance.

“We routinely use PixStor for high-performance systems, both on premises and in the cloud,” said Sean Baker, commercial director at ERA. “We can take a clear requirements specification from the client, and use Pixit’s design tools to implement a software-defined storage system that provides exactly what is required, with a clear path for expansion in the future.”

For high-end work at Halo Post Production, the PixStor network supports six real-time 4K clients, including Nucoda grading systems, Flame VFX and Avid Media Composers. There are a further two 4K conform and I/O stations. A separate workflow supports a further 20 2D/3D clients and multiple render nodes, within the same logical storage space. The Network fabric was architected using a loss-less, non-blocking mellanox IP core of 40Gb and 10Gb dependent on client connections. Prioritisation across the network guarantees performance levels for specific users, while providing smooth data delivering to all network clients.

“ERA and Pixit bring a real, in-depth knowledge of the applications we use,” said Halo’s Napier. “Their real-world experience and consultative approach proved invaluable in creating our central storage resource, that we know we can rely on to deliver even the most demanding raw formats.

“They also provide support, by experts, 24 hours a day,” he added. “You don’t see this type of dedication to customers from competitor products.”
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