Working with a Rockstar

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Slow storage infrastructure causes all sorts of problems – productivity plummets, designers and editors are irritable. Rockstar helps everyone work more efficiently than ever before. Some of the finest companies from the the world of broadcasting, advertising and post production have entrusted Rockstar with their most valuable asset; their data. Here is what they have to say.

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ECHO is a leading design and production house working in luxury retail and exhibitions within the UK, Europe and beyond. Echo began life as an artworking studio in London in 1994. Following demand from a growing client base they began printing, rapidly expanding in to a fully fledged mounting and print factory. As a natural extension, Echo began to offer an installation service, quickly growing to a full National coverage of professional graphics and retail site installers.

ECHO needed to upgrade its storage infrastructure and were looking for more than just new servers. The requirement was to protect all digital assets against a worst-case scenario. The company knew that a Cloud based solution might be required, but at the same time there were concerns about security, and also the speed at which they could bounce back from a total disaster.

peter-echo“We were introduced to Rockstar and their Private Cloud solution, and we liked the idea of being in complete control of where our data goes, and also the knowledge that we can have it back immediately. 

We ordered a total of four 16TB Rockstar Ants. Two of them are now located here at ECHO Studios, two of them we’ve put into the Rockstar data centre in Belfast. We are very successfully using the two 16tb Ants on our local network, both of them mirrored to their twins in the data centre. 

One of the Ants we use for our day-to-day work in a very busy design studio. The other Ant serves as our asset library, covering a range of blue chip clients. Both Ants have integrated well into our environment. 

We perform daily backups of both of them to our private cloud, which allows me to sleep well at night.

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Greg DarbyYellowmoon is one of Ireland’s leading film and television postproduction outfits. Based in Holywood, Co. Down the company works on the vast majority of high-end film and television drama that has shot in Northern Ireland. From Game of Thrones to The Fall, from Universal Studios to Fox, every major production has made Yellowmoon its home for post. With such high caliber clients and with a constant influx of rushes – the storage requirement had to be robust, expandable but above all – it had to be dependable. Yellowmoon chose Rockstar as its preferred platform of choice. With over 30 suites ranging from AVID to Protools, the company demanded a solution that would be both reliable, ultra fast and affordable. Rockstar supplied Yellowmoon with its most powerful Main Act solution, featuring 64TB of storage capacity and platform independent collaboration.

Greg Darby, CEO and founder: ‘When Rockstar approached us we took an instant liking to their no-nonsense approach to business – It was obvious that the product was good on paper, but it was really when we put the technology to the test we realised how good the package and the service really were. Rockstar went far beyond the call of duty to ensure we got the optimal performance – not only from their box but also from our own internal infrastructure. We have since invested in a second and a third Rockstar system and we are intent on basing all future storage requirements on this platform.

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Rowan de PomeraiThe world famous broadcaster really doesn’t need further introduction, but for good measure – here goes: ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster, operating the largest commercial family of channels in the UK. In addition to traditional broadcasting on its channels, ITV delivers content on demand through numerous platforms, both directly and via the ITV Player. Through ITV Studios the company produces content for both its own channels and third parties in the UK and increasingly overseas. The ITV distribution business sells finished programmes and formats worldwide.

We required a cost-effective shared storage solution to allow our production teams and editors to work from the same platform at high speeds.

Rockstar’s Main Act solution has provided us with robust technology, expandability and a straight-forward user interface making it good value for money and a simple-to-deploy product. We have recently implemented a second Rockstar system and are pleased with both the products and the support we receive..’

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Dublin-based Dillon Productions has been in business for 20 years as a TV production company, and began specialising in video-rich e-learning content 6 years ago.

As well as making broadcast TV and corporate video productions, we had a large client base in the training sector. When the bandwidth became accessible we decided to move into the e-learning space,” explains James Dillon, Managing director, Dillon Productions. “Thanks to our years of video experience, our product looks very different from anything else available – it’s professional and very engaging.” The company now has around 38,000 users, with clients including the Irish national providers of gas, water, telecoms and electricity.

Dillon Productions has grown steadily over the last four years, and has increased its facilities from four to six edit suites in the last year “We now have six people collaborating on content, using tools like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Cinema 4D, After Effects and other applications,” says James.

Dillon purchased their Rockstar server from Dublin based systems integrator Eurotek, which alerted the company to the subsidised finance offer from Rockstar.

James comments, “We don’t have anything else on finance, but since we are going through a growth period it made sense not to squeeze our cashflow. The finance deal that was offered was very competitive. . ”

We needed a server to cope with the large amount of data and network traffic, so we researched the market and came across Rockstar. It seemed perfect for our needs and we decided to invest in it. I have been very impressed with both the Rockstar server and the service received.Rockstar @ Dillon Productions

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Piranha Bar is a fully fledged production studio built around a full service Post Facility.

Their growing roster of directors and studio of animators, 3D genii, flame artists and production elves all share a passion for effective storytelling. Embracing the invigorating changes in cross-platform content production, Piranha Bar has blown open the traditional assembly line production model, in favour of a collective approach where every production solution is explored and delivered in-house, under one elegant Georgian studio roof.

Whatever the project demands, from inception to execution, Piranha Bar encourages a collaborative approach to the creative process. As the world rapidly shifts focus from one medium to another and across multiple communication platforms, they explore the kinds of concepts and executional techniques that result in true originality.

While the Production Studio blazes its own trail, Piranha Bar’s extensive Post Production Facility offers their agency and broadcast production company clients all the high-end editing, motion graphics, VFX, grade and compositing capabilities they’ve known and trusted for over ten years.

We were looking for a new server to replace our central graphics server. It needed to satisfy a number of key requirements. It needed to be well built, easily configurable, have high bandwidth and be compact. Having looked at the Rockstar product it satisfied these requirements and more. It comes with 10Gig connectivity as standard along with multiple 1gig connections which allowed us to connect at the best possible speeds to our backbone. Within 20 mins of receiving the unit we were up and running and were pleasantly surprised at how quiet the unit was, given the number of drives. ( We went for the 64TB unit configured with RAID6).

I have no hesitation in recommending you take a look at it for your requirements.

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High-speed collaboration

The creative industry deals in big files, so when things are slow it takes a long time for designers and editors to get anything done. Rockstar gives you the speed you need, and we’re talking up to 1,500 MB/s – 50% more than a fibre channel solution.

This means there’s no more transferring large files from machine to machine or waiting for them from the cloud. Rockstar lets you work as if the file is saved on your desktop, but knowing your work is completely backed up. And it works seamlessly with all systems, so you’re not disturbed by time-intensive installation or support processes.

The bottom line: with Rockstar creatives are instantly more productive.

Full power and security, wherever you work

Rockstar allows you to work from anywhere without sacrificing the quality of the experience.

Our iPad app, Rockstar Data, makes it easy to work on the go. All your work is automatically and wirelessly backed up to Rockstar so you can create without worrying about your device’s storage constraints.

And since work can be accessed from the cloud, you can collaborate from any location.


Compatibility and support that make life simple – regardless which Rockstar model you buy 

We don’t care which hardware or software you use – we’re happy to play with it all. It’s a seamless transition whether you use Mac OSX, Windows or Linux. Rockstar has true plug-and-play connectivity, and it doesn’t work on client licences. So it’s easy to install, use and manage regardless of what system you have. And it’s completely scalable. If you need more storage there’s no need to do a system overhaul – simply add capacity as you need it. Rockstar offers up to 1,024 TB of additional storage, so it truly grows with you. At the heart of a Rockstar system is either Rockstar File Server OS or Windows Server – you choose which you want to use. Rockstar File Server OS is based on an open file system, which makes for a cost-effective investment with no hidden upgrade or maintenance costs.

Control over your own data for maximum protection

Rockstar lets you control your own data so it’s easy to maintain a high level of security. It’s the perfect balance between physical storage and the cloud. Everything is stored with you on servers, so you know it’s secure. But you can back up to the cloud and provide cloud access to files so people can work easily from anywhere. We also provide controlled mobile device backup so everything is safe, regardless of where work is done. Keeping with our ethos of complete compatibility, it’s easy to link Rockstar with any legacy storage system – we integrate it into the new workflow as a ‘parking’ or pre-archive area. Because why should you have to throw away your previous investment?

The most advanced operating system

Feature-rich to meet all your needs
Rockstar File Server OS is developed to meet the highest standards. It includes:
Active directory support
Cache Tiering
Data replication (server synchronisation)
Support for multiple snapshots per share
Network card teaming
Fibre channel
iSCSI and native support for all the most common operating systems (Windows, Linux, Unix, ESX Server and Mac), including clustering environments

Integrated replication software allows data to be backed up and restored rapidly. Network interface card teaming using IEEE802.3ad link aggregation (LACP), load balancing or failover ensures high performance and a secure flow of data – even if there are network problems. Antivirus software cleans the shares from viruses. Support for up to 30 snapshots per share enables you to backup and recover your data very quickly. Completely scalable You have the ability to extend your storage capabilities based on future requirements. Rockstar offers online RAID expansion and the option of flexible sizing for network shares so that your system can be enlarged at a later date. Perfect for virtualisation Rockstar is the perfect storage solution for VMware ESX, XEN and Microsoft Hyper-V because it offers reliable iSCSI target, fibre channel target and NFS services combined with snapshot replication. Ideal cluster solution Rockstar File Server OS supports Persistent Reservation (SCSI-3 PR) required for iSCSI and fibre channel cluster configurations.

Best in class hardware

Processor Rockstar Rack is pure speed, so you won’t have to wait very long for anything. It starts with the new-generation Intel® Xeon E5 chipset. Configurations offer 6 cores of processing power, up to 40 GB/s of PCI Express Gen 3 bandwidth, and 64-bit-wide floating-point instructions.

Memory Every Rockstar component is primed for performance – even the base configuration features 16GB of memory. That includes a DDR3 memory controller running at 1333 MHz. It delivers up to 42.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can negotiate even the most intensive jobs in no time. We only use ECC memory, so you don’t have to worry about being stopped by transient memory errors.

RAID With its state-of-the art RAID controller, Rockstar Main Act offers the best data protection. The factory setting can sustain the loss of two hard drives at once without losing any of your digital assets. And you can choose from lots of different configurations. Whether you’re prioritising speed, redundancy or both, we have a setting that will work for you.

Storage While the operating system that powers Rockstar Main Act lives on two mirrored SSD flash drives, all your data is with 16 enterprise-class SAS hard disks managed by an LSI RAID controller with built-in battery backup. You can choose between 32 TB, 48 TB and 64 TB of raw storage capacity.

Sharing Rockstar Main Act is equipped with both 8x1GbE and 2x10GbE connectivity so all users can access all data.

Expansion One day you’ll run out of capacity, even with the 160TB version. So it’s good to know that you can add up to 7 extra Rockstar Supporting Acts, allowing for another 8 x 16 x 10TB of capacity. In other words, a total of 1,280 TB of raw storage space. Want more detail? Download the complete Rockstar technical spec.

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