Adaptec gets groovy in latest Austin Powers flick

Dr.Evil is lurking among the bits and bytes storage. The post-production company working on Austin Powers: Goldmember, used an Adaptec DuraStor 6220SS storage system was used to create the visual effects for the film.

Shagadelic, groovy and mojo are not terms usually associated with a storage system, but Adaptec Inc., has added this lavish language to its lexicon.

The makers of the latest Austin Powers spy spoof, Goldmember, used Adaptec's DuraStor storage system to create the film's 325 visual effects.

The post-production company for "Goldmember," Los Angeles-based Pacific Vision Productions, scaled the storage subsystem the Adaptec DuraStor 6220SS to 2.6T Bytes of capacity to support it's the bandwidth and performance demands of the 30 workstations used on the project.

Pacific Vision was on a tight schedule and the amount of data coming into its shop was huge.

"We were in a situation where we were getting scans of the film that were about 13M Bytes per frame. We needed to have all of this data remain online so we could always access it and back it up," said Dave Johnson, president of Pacific Vision Productions.

He said a five second shot could range from 1.5 to more than 100G Bytes.

After evaluating systems from Medea, IBM, MicroNet and others, Johnson implemented the DuraStor to handle the workload.

The Pacific Vision Productions IT shop is networked with Gigabit Ethernet and the DuraStor has its own server plugged into the network, but there was something unique about how Johnson and his team handled data backups.

The team rigged a custom backup system that used IDE hard drives like tape cartridges.

"We decided that it's now cost effective to back up onto IDE drives. We developed a device here where you pick a drive and pop it in like a tape," said Johnson.

The backup system saved time and boosted overall performance of the network.

The Adaptec subsystem is designed for data warehousing, transaction processing, medical imaging, digital pre-press and other applications.

The DuraStor 6220SS is not built specifically for video editing, but it does have a number of features that fit that market segment such as support for RAID 5, MAC OS support and scalability up to 3.5TB, said Adaptec's marketing manager Robert Cox.

Cox said DuraStor competes with storage disk arrays from major server brands like Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Computer Corp., and IBM Corp. Adaptec manages to keep its prices down by letting the reseller integrate the disk drives for DuraStor, he said.

In the three months it took to complete the effects work, Pacific Vision only experienced downtime once and that came when a truck backed into a transformer, cutting power to the entire building -- Yeah Baby.

Let us know what you think about the story, e-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer

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