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Maryland-based Montgomery Community Media (MCM) has upgraded its Facilis shared storage network to 96 TBytes.
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MCM is a non-profit organisation providing access to public access television and broadband media to the county’s million-strong residents as well as non-profit organisations, associations and local businesses. The content for those channels is created at MCM's Rockville base or donated by individuals and organisations.

“At MCM, people can come in and make their own TV shows and we put those shows on the air,” said Michael Walsh, technical and network manager at MCM. “We teach people how to use the gear, so they can come in and make their own films. Some content creators borrow our cameras and go out into the field to film their own shows. A lot of the content we air is created by access users.”

MCM also has an in-house staff of editors and shooters and six different editing workstations running Adobe Creative Cloud, he explained.

“We have about ten staff shooters who cover everything from news to community events and human-interest stories in the area,” said Walsh. “When I first started, everything was done over ‘sneaker-net’. We had hard drives stacked up in drawers, and some people had several terabytes on G Raid drives. We literally had credenzas full of drives that were filled with media. They weren't plugged in, so we didn’t know if the media was still valuable or if it could be accessed at all. We needed a way to move our media files onto some kind of a secure storage device that could be accessed from multiple stations.”

To solve the storage problem, MCM purchased a Facilis TerraBlock 24D shared storage network from Virginia-based system integrator Digital Video Group (DVG). Initially installed with 48 TBytes, the system was recently upgraded to 96 TBytes. The storage is connected to the editing workstations via Fibre Channel, while others can access the storage via Ethernet from laptops or remotely.

The Facilis system also supports a Tightrope play-to-air system and is connected to a Telestream Live Capture 4-channel ingest system.

“The TerraBlock is a robust and reliable key component at MCM that gets the jobs done,” said Jim Deigan, senior account manager at DVG.