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Solutions for Media & Entertainment Companies Solution Brief

How breakthroughs begin.™ Solution Brief

Isilon IQ Clustered Storage MigrationIQ™

Isilon® Systems’ exclusive MigrationIQ™ software application
The Isilon IQ family of clustered storage systems was designed
provides enterprises with the ability to automatically and easily
from the ground up to meet the needs of data-intensive enterprises
migrate digital content between high-performance, Tier-1 clustered
and high-performance computing environments. By combining
storage and high-capacity, Tier-2 nearline archive clustered
Isilon’s OneFS® operating system software with the latest
storage, thereby streamlining workflows, optimizing storage
advances in industry-standard hardware, Isilon delivers modular,
resources and extracting maximum value from digital content
pay-as-you-grow, enterprise-class clustered storage systems.
assets at every point in the information lifecycle.
• Powered by OneFS® Operating System Software, distributed
file system creates a single, shared global namespace SmartConnect™
• First and only truly symmetrical clustered storage architecture Isilon® Systems’ exclusive SmartConnect software application
allows IT Managers to meet the demands of an always-on,
• System can scale from 4TB-1PB in a single file system

Isilon Clustered Storage

24x7x365 world by ensuring the highest levels of performance
• Unmatched aggregate throughput from a single and industry leading high availability. With intelligent client
file system with up to 10 GB/second
connection load balancing and failover support, SmartConnect
• TrueScale™ enables linear and independent

Solutions for Media

represents a breakthrough in optimizing clustered storage
scaling of both capacity and performance performance and availability.
• Industry leading high availability for clustered storage systems
• Powerful, easy-to-use web-based management
• 60-second scaling of both capacity and performance
About Isilon Systems
Isilon Systems is the & Entertainment Companies
worldwide leader in clustered
• Built-in automatic application/client connection load balancing storage systems and software
• Industry-standard protocol support (NFS, CIFS, for digital content, enabling
HTTP, FTP, NDMP, SNMP, LDAP, ADS, NIS) enterprises to transform
data into information
Isilon also offers a robust suite of clustered storage software
— and information into
applications that optimize data protection and management:
breakthroughs. Isilon’s
SyncIQ® award-winning family of IQ
clustered storage systems
Enterprises increasingly need to distribute large, mission-critical combines Isilon’s OneFS
data sets to multiple shared storage systems and teams in operating system software
multiple locations. SyncIQ replication software is the industry’s with the latest advances in
only policy-based file replication system designed exclusively for industry-standard hardware
clustered storage, combining a rich set of policies for creating to deliver modular, pay-as-
and scheduling storage replication jobs with innovative bandwidth you-grow, enterprise-class
throttling and cluster utilization capabilities. storage systems. Isilon’s
clustered storage solutions
SnapshotIQ™ speed access to critical
Isilon® Systems introduces a true breakthrough in snapshot business information while
technology that provides a uniquely simple, scalable and flexible dramatically reducing the
way to enable enterprise-class protection and user-driven data cost and complexity of
recovery for clustered storage. With the ability to support an storing it.
unlimited number of snapshots within a highly-scalable single pool
of clustered storage and up to 1,024 snapshots within any single The evolution of storage is clustered storage built on a powerful,
directory, SnapshotIQ represents a significant advancement over open operating system with unique software that lets you pay-as-
traditional snapshot technology. you-grow. Visit to get started — and see
why clustered storage is paying off for some of the biggest and
most respected names in the world.

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Solutions for Media & Entertainment Companies Solution Brief

Isilon Clustered Storage: Unmatched Reliability

The management and storage unstructured data has certain
Accelerating Digital Workflows and unique challenges, such as multiple formats and massive file

Other Breakthroughs for Media sizes. Content is increasingly being created, managed and
delivered digitally, requiring high performance and highly scalable
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and Entertainment Companies storage across the entire digital content lifecycle. Isilon IQ was
built from the ground up for reliable access to unstructured
Media and Entertainment companies are undergoing on of the data and digital content, making it a superior solution for
most significant transformations since the advent of broadcast media asset storage at every point of the digital file lifecycle. Artists / Content Creators

television. Digital distribution, HD, VOD, and a range of new

formats, outlets and consumption devices have combined Easy To Use, Easy To Manage
to create significant new challenges and opportunities for Isilon IQ represents a flexible solution that meets the Isilon IQ Cluster
companies involved in virtually every aspect of the media unique storage requirements for the production, content
value chain. And in an industry where content is king, Isilon delivery and archiving of vast libraries of digital assets. No
is producing a fundamental competitive advantage for media, other network storage solution meets these requirements
entertainment and broadcast companies by enabling them and is as simple to set up and administer. What’s more, Compositing Farm for
to maximize the value of their critical digital assets. as the cluster begins to fill up, administers can simply Visual Effects Post Production

add another node to increase capacity. Often, the new

Isilon’s award-winning family of IQ clustered storage systems
node can be brought online in as little as 60 seconds.
combines Isilon’s unique OneFS® operating system software
with the latest advances in industry-standard hardware to Easy To Grow, Easy To Own
deliver modular, pay-as-you-grow, enterprise-class storage
systems designed to address the massive storage needs The Isilon IQ clustered storage product line addresses a full
of media and entertainment companies — enabling the spectrum of storage needs — from the highest performance
transformation of digital media assets into new breakthroughs Tier-1 applications to Tier-2 enterprise archive. Powered
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across media creation, management, delivery, and archiving. by OneFS, the Isilon IQ family of products creates a single
pool of expandable storage that is easy to install and grow
Industry-Leading Scalability — once racked, a 10, 50 or 100+ terabyte cluster takes Customer Success content storage, enabling instant, 24x7, configuration and delivery
of media through its multiple distribution channels including
less than 10 minutes to configure and set up, and capacity
Many companies have attempted to meet their needs for broadcast, video on-demand and the Internet.
can be added on the fly in seconds with no downtime. Following NBC’s successful use of Isilon IQ for
creating, managing, and archiving unstructured media data
the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2006
by extending traditional storage systems originally designed “As the number-one nonfiction media company in the world,
Breakthroughs Begin With Isilon Olympic Winter Games in Torino, NBC is storing
for structured transactional or text-based data. Even the Discovery Communications faces the ever-present challenge of
The Isilon product line is comprised of the Isilon IQ 200, the majority of the 2008 Beijing Games proxy and
newest NAS and SAN systems employ architectures with managing and storing its vast library of digital media assets.
1920, 3000 and 6000 platform nodes, the Isilon EX 6000 and broadband content on Isilon clustered storage, providing NBC
inherent limitations that lead to enormous management The nature of our workflow necessitates storage that can not
Isilon IQ Accelerator extension nodes, and licensable software producers with unprecedented, highly reliable access to critical
complexity due to “islands of storage”, limited scalability, only scale capacity and performance quickly and without any
applications such as SyncIQ®, SnapshotIQ™, MigrationIQ™ and content for rapid review, identification and selection operations
performance bottlenecks, poor availability, and high costs.
SmartConnect™. This set of flexible and innovative products necessary to quickly produce and deliver groundbreaking coverage network interruption, but is also easy to manage. Isilon IQ
define new industry standards by delivering a single file system of Beijing Olympics in the United States. delivered on all fronts.”
Isilon IQ® easily scales storage, unifying vital media data into
one file system, increasing the performance of applications, that scales to one petabyte of capacity, up to 10 GB/second Tony Cole, Vice President, Engineering,
“In order to deliver the unprecedented coverage of the Beijing
and reducing the time spent managing storage. Isilon IQ of throughput and supports high-performance InfiniBand® for low- Discovery Communications
latency, high-bandwidth intracluster communication — providing Olympics, we need a storage solution that can reliably deliver
delivers industry-leading scalability — up to 96 nodes in a
single cluster and up to 1 petabyte in a single file system. companies in the media and entertainment industry with the power unparalleled access to content for our broadcast team, both
Paramount Digital Entertainment uses Isilon IQ
to transform valuable information into business breakthroughs. on-site in Beijing and at our multiple broadcast centers in the
as their primary networked storage to develop and
Powerful Performance United States. Having used Isilon IQ for each of the past two bring to market new digital media products and
Adding Isilon IQ clustered storage as a near-line storage Olympic Games, we know it will once again provide all we need to services from Paramount Television’s library of over
solution enables customers to achieve extremely high levels successfully execute our broadcast in Beijing.” 55,000 hours of programming, including hit shows like Cheers,
of performance, ease of use, and scalability, while protecting Craig Lau, VP of Technology, NBC Olympics Frasier, I Love Lucy, and the Star Trek franchise.
their digital media access. Isilon IQ accelerates the creation,
management and delivery of assets by centralizing and “Isilon IQ gives us a flexible solution that meets our unique
Discovery Communications, Inc. is using
simplifying the movement of digital media throughout Isilon IQ clustered storage as a central storage requirements for the production, content delivery and
the digital workflow process — from the highest repository for media content, which is archiving of our vast library of digital assets. No other network
performance Tier-1 applications to Tier-2 enterprise delivered to more than 100 networks, reaching 1.5 billion storage solution meets these requirements and is as simple to
archive, disk-to-disk backup and disaster recovery. cumulative subscribers in more than 170 countries and territories. set up and administer.”
With Isilon IQ, Discovery is able consolidate its video-on-demand Ted Tiaga, Executive Director of Technology,
(VOD) and DVD content, as well as content restored from its Paramount Digital Entertainment
tape archive, into one, easily expandable pool of always-online