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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

Entertainment Biz Still Struggling with Storage

When it comes to generating data, the entertainment industry holds its own. How well it preserves it once it's been created is another story. Fred Maher, a digital recording engineer, captured a terabyte of music data in a single five-hour session this June, recording the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a benefit concert featuring Eric Clapton, ZZ Top and Carlos Santana, to name a few. Making it all possible was a 3.5TB A/V SAN Pro from Studio Network Solutions, St. Louis, MO, which makes a Fibre Channel storage array and file-sharing software bundle targeted at the entertainment industry. Maher calls A/V SAN Pro "robust, kick-ass and fast." He hooks it up directly to a Verari Systems DAW64 with dual AMD Opteron processors running Windows and Nuendo 2.0, music production software from Steinberg Media Technologies. A/V SAN Pro works great for recording live data, but is equally adept in the studio, "where the performance [of Fibre Channel drives] really kicks in," Maher says. Because music data is "contiguous, when you're writing, ...

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