Skywalker Sound Adds Hitachi Gear

Apr 16, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, announced that Skywalker Sound has chosen its Data Systems to consolidate storage and meet the demanding requirements to record, design, edit, mix and play back film soundtracks in real time.

"We needed a high-performance, highly scalable storage solution to maintain and manage hundreds of virtual volumes of sound and film files," said Tim McGovern, director of engineering for Skywalker Sound. "Our new Lightning 9980V has the performance power we require, and having centralized storage instead of individual drives has greatly simplified that aspect of our IT management. Most importantly, it creates a more integrated, collaborative environment for the editorial staff by making all soundtracks easily and instantly available to anyone on the system at any time."

Skywalker Sound selected a Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9980V system with 12 TB of capacity to centralize all of its editorial storage. The solution successfully scaled in performance to support 75 Macintoshes running real-time, highly dense audio tracks. Hitachi ShadowImage software was used to create point-in-time copies of Mac volumes that were then delivered to the recording systems. HiCommand Device Manager manages the whole array.

Prior to this install, Skywalker Sound relied primarily on removable hard drives to share soundtracks. It has edited many film soundtracks on the Lightning 9980V storage system since its implementation in November, including James Cameron's upcoming IMAX feature, The Ghost of the Abyss and Pixar's summer 2003 offering, Finding Nemo.

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