Rain: House of Post Production were building a new office at the centre of the UK media world in Soho, and took the opportunity to build a high quality IT infrastructure from scratch in order to deliver high value, top quality work. The aim was to create the IT facility to support a boutique post production house focusing on low- to medium-end feature films, TV and short form broadcasts, and corporate film work.
The company was keen to install a solution which not only met their high quality standards for launching the facility, but provided scalable options which wouldn’t require significant re-investment as the company grew to meet demand.
The key concern was to find a high performance solution which supported the high level work to be carried out at Rain. As well as delivering best-in-class infrastructure, Rain wanted to look to the future and install IT storage which was scalable at a competitive price, and with minimal disruption. Finally, given to the fast pace of the media world and demanding deadlines, Rain required a solution which delivered not only fast performance, but was also supported by rapid and comprehensive technical support.
Rain selected Huawei’s OceanStor N8300 solution with 50TB of usable storage from the Huawei OceanStor N8000 series. The network attached storage from the OceanStor N8000 series offered a high availability solution delivering up to 15 petabytes of capacity. The solution also offers Dynamic Storage Tiering (DST) that reduces ongoing expenditure by appropriately migrating data to FC, SAS, SATA or SSD storage depending on access frequency. Huawei has a strong heritage in the broadcast industry and coupled their understanding of broadcast media with a bespoke, partnership approach to adapt their solution to exactly match Rain’s demands. Huawei recognised that with performance being paramount and downtime being costly for the organisation, it was not just a case of technical reliability – providing expert technical support on demand also needed to be part of the package.
Rain has already worked on a combination of audio, advertisement, documentary and VFX work from prominent clients including the Discovery Channel, the BBC and ITV.
The performance of our IT suite is already paying dividends. The equipment is state-of-the-art, and the varied high level work we do is easily supported by a best-in-class IT infrastructure which gives great results and has also meant that Rain is a desirable place to work.” comments Mike Bhatt.
Another key benefit for Rain was the customer-focused approach. The team was helpful both during the sales and implementation process in ensuring that Rain had a solution which met their needs and support technicians who understood the complex and often competing demands of the media broadcast industry.