When Woodshop Studios, a commercial advertising and production company, needed to expand from one facility to two facilities quickly, they called DZ Solutions. The challenge was to upgrade the company’s technology and make sure information could move between facilities at high speed and reliably without experiencing any downtime.
Woodshop was particularly concerned about timing. They needed the new hardware and software installed within a month. “DZ compacted a 3 week lead-time down to just a few days,” says Tucker. When all was said and done, DZ had cloned the entire environment and completed racking and configuring the new environment within a 24-hour period.
Along with connecting the two facilities, DZ upgraded the company’s Isilon storage environment from a 20GB cluster to a 250TB cluster with a 10Gbit back-end network. This upgrade provides the speed and flexibility needed for communication between locations. In addition, DZ used its expertise in networking and security, along with the ability to leverage new technology, to implement more robust security and networking policies in order to keep Woodshop compliant with their customers’ security requirements and expectations.
As a result of the transition, Woodshop’s clients can now observe productions in real-time at each facility through a system of iPads located in each edit bay.
“In our new environment, clients can be sitting in another part of our building and approve a shot that we produce and we can transport it into post-production right away. These are large 4K video files that are now being delivered at intensely fast speeds,” Tucker explains.