POP TV

POP TV

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Listen to Patrick Yew, VP of Post Production for Pop Media discuss PopTV’s workflows and explain how OpenDrives allowed their post-production teams to move faster.

Pop is an entertainment cable network viewed in more than 80 million homes. As one of the fastest growing networks in media, Pop taps into fan culture with original programming that includes scripted and unscripted content.

Pop’s program schedule featured over 400 hours of original content in 2016, including: SCHITT’S CREEK, the critically acclaimed comedy series starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara; NIGHTCAP, a satirical comedy about late night television produced by Lionsgate; WOLF CREEK, a horror-based psychological thriller television event; and SING IT ON, an acapella docu-series with executive producer John Legend.

The choice of storage is always hard, trying to separate the sizzle from the steak is not always easy. But when talking with OpenDrives, they really understood my unique demands and workflow in post-production. The implementation has gone well.
Patrick Yew, Vice President of Post-Production

After a successful re-brand in 2015, Pop (formerly TV Guide Network) was ready to give its technology infrastructure a face-lift. At the time, Pop’s post-production workflow consisted of a 6-year old DDN SAN layered with the StorNext file system. The system was approaching “end-of-life” and needed to be replaced.

Like most SAN environments, Pop was experiencing workflow limitations and permissioning complexities that resulted in a storage environment with “wide open” permissions. This SAN infrastructure was inherently difficult to manage while also creating legacy IT issues that hindered Pop’s creative process. The existing infrastructure required an exorbitant amount of resources to keep up and running.

Upgrading to the newest version of StorNext would have been too costly; requiring a complete “fork-lift” upgrade with the purchase of new manufacturer’s disk arrays, metadata controllers and client software licenses. Pop needed a cost-effective solution that would solve these permissions challenges, simplify their workflow and provide a path towards capabilities for imminent higher resolutions and file formats such as UHD and 4k projects.

The Solution

After a competitive analysis of all relevant storage options, Pop selected OpenDrives technology to solve these technical challenges. This solution included an OpenDrives All-Flash Apex 18 (10 GB SFP + Networking), Hybrid SSD/HDD Summit 144 with 2 x SpectreX 180 expansions and 40 GB networking.

The flexibility of OpenDrives to easily map user accounts to one another and to allow for the implementation of file system permissioning that adheres to the company security policies was a crucial factor in Pop’s selection process. The OpenDrives storage also provided future-proofing by enabling higher resolution workflows including 4k video and beyond. Because OpenDrives storage is more efficient and offers zero-downtime expansion, Pop was able to upgrade to OpenDrives at a lower capacity than competing SAN solutions with a clear and easy roadmap to grow and scale as needed.

The Experience

After installation, OpenDrives’ usage and performance analytics features were able to significantly enhance Pop’s archiving software. Moreover, Pop experienced substantial throughput performance increases. Leveraging storage-side and network analytics, the OpenDrives team worked with Pop and their backup vendor to develop and implement an enhanced backup workflow to accelerate this process.

The Value
By selecting OpenDrives, Pop was able to invest in a completely new and better performing system at a significantly lower cost than a new SAN system. The simplicity of OpenDrives NAS technology offered simplified manageability and lowered total cost of ownership (TCO) by eliminating the need for costly SAN engineers and consultants to build and maintain a separate fibre channel network in parallel to their Ethernet network, provision LUNS, and constantly manage connectivity and permissions for workstations and users.

POP TV

Read the full case study.

Listen to Patrick Yew, VP of Post Production for Pop Media discuss PopTV’s workflows and explain how OpenDrives allowed their post-production teams to move faster.

Pop is an entertainment cable network viewed in more than 80 million homes. As one of the fastest growing networks in media, Pop taps into fan culture with original programming that includes scripted and unscripted content.

Pop’s program schedule featured over 400 hours of original content in 2016, including: SCHITT’S CREEK, the critically acclaimed comedy series starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara; NIGHTCAP, a satirical comedy about late night television produced by Lionsgate; WOLF CREEK, a horror-based psychological thriller television event; and SING IT ON, an acapella docu-series with executive producer John Legend.

The choice of storage is always hard, trying to separate the sizzle from the steak is not always easy. But when talking with OpenDrives, they really understood my unique demands and workflow in post-production. The implementation has gone well.
Patrick Yew, Vice President of Post-Production

After a successful re-brand in 2015, Pop (formerly TV Guide Network) was ready to give its technology infrastructure a face-lift. At the time, Pop’s post-production workflow consisted of a 6-year old DDN SAN layered with the StorNext file system. The system was approaching “end-of-life” and needed to be replaced.

Like most SAN environments, Pop was experiencing workflow limitations and permissioning complexities that resulted in a storage environment with “wide open” permissions. This SAN infrastructure was inherently difficult to manage while also creating legacy IT issues that hindered Pop’s creative process. The existing infrastructure required an exorbitant amount of resources to keep up and running.

Upgrading to the newest version of StorNext would have been too costly; requiring a complete “fork-lift” upgrade with the purchase of new manufacturer’s disk arrays, metadata controllers and client software licenses. Pop needed a cost-effective solution that would solve these permissions challenges, simplify their workflow and provide a path towards capabilities for imminent higher resolutions and file formats such as UHD and 4k projects.

The Solution

After a competitive analysis of all relevant storage options, Pop selected OpenDrives technology to solve these technical challenges. This solution included an OpenDrives All-Flash Apex 18 (10 GB SFP + Networking), Hybrid SSD/HDD Summit 144 with 2 x SpectreX 180 expansions and 40 GB networking.

The flexibility of OpenDrives to easily map user accounts to one another and to allow for the implementation of file system permissioning that adheres to the company security policies was a crucial factor in Pop’s selection process. The OpenDrives storage also provided future-proofing by enabling higher resolution workflows including 4k video and beyond. Because OpenDrives storage is more efficient and offers zero-downtime expansion, Pop was able to upgrade to OpenDrives at a lower capacity than competing SAN solutions with a clear and easy roadmap to grow and scale as needed.

The Experience

After installation, OpenDrives’ usage and performance analytics features were able to significantly enhance Pop’s archiving software. Moreover, Pop experienced substantial throughput performance increases. Leveraging storage-side and network analytics, the OpenDrives team worked with Pop and their backup vendor to develop and implement an enhanced backup workflow to accelerate this process.

The Value
By selecting OpenDrives, Pop was able to invest in a completely new and better performing system at a significantly lower cost than a new SAN system. The simplicity of OpenDrives NAS technology offered simplified manageability and lowered total cost of ownership (TCO) by eliminating the need for costly SAN engineers and consultants to build and maintain a separate fibre channel network in parallel to their Ethernet network, provision LUNS, and constantly manage connectivity and permissions for workstations and users.