itfc teams up with GB Labs for HD Space

~ Space becomes a key part of the facility’s asset management solution ~

9 September 2011itfc, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and supplier of content preparation and media management services, has deployed GB Labs’ Space storage technology to manage HD content for its clients, who include Channel 5 and ITV.

itfc deployed GB’s Space central storage solution along with two Space EX’s and two additional RAID units for added performance, to help it store and manage HD content for its clients. Implemented and fully up and running within three weeks, the storage solution has already been used to accommodate the increasing volumes of HD files.

“To keep up with our Final Cut editing architecture, it was essential to have an Ethernet based solution that could cope with multiple high-speed HD streams, allowing us to play a minimum of 20 HD streams simultaneously,” explained Gez Quinn, technical services manager at itfc. “Not only did Space promise peak performance, it also offered extra ease and compatibility with our existing systems, which saved us having to alter the network in order to make it work.” 

itfc tested a number of competitor solutions over several months and chose Space as their storage solution following a recommendation from GB Labs’ reseller Encompass. With itfc currently streaming HD at a maximum of 220 Mbits per second, they needed a solution that would allow more guaranteed throughput under simultaneous read and write conditions, GB Labs were able to offer performance speeds of up to 4500 Mbits per second during testing with its Space solution.

“I never have any qualms in recommending GB Labs or its solutions,” said Peter Lea, director at Encompass. “With twelve years experience of the reseller channel, they understand that plug and play and low maintenance technology, which offers resellers margins, is the key to success.”

Since implementing the Space package, the system has fulfilled itfc’s initial objectives for a HD storage solution and it’s now an integral part of the facility’s asset management solution.

“Space was a great solution to buy into,” Gez continued. “Not only did GB Labs clearly understand our business model and knew exactly what we needed, their Space worked straight out of the box with no fuss or bother.”  

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About Space

GB Labs’ Space product range was created to satisfy the needs of the storage-hungry, performance-critical video-editing industry. Since their launch at IBC 2009, Space modules have been used all over the world, including at the FIA GT1 World Championship and by Thomson Reuters at the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa.

The Space range is designed to handle storage for businesses of all sizes. The range goes from the highly portable Mini Space in 4TB and 8TB capacities, to the scalable enterprise-class Space in building blocks of 16TB, 32TB and 48TB. For more information about the Space family please visit: http://www.gblabs.co.uk/why/

About itfc

itfc offers a wide range of content preparation and media management services to some of the biggest names in the broadcast, cinema and corporate sectors, including ITV, Channel 5, NBC Universal, Living TV Group, Channel TV and most of the major studios. It delivers thousands of hours of material annually to clients and its services include post-production editing, subtitling (English for hard of hearing and translation), audio description, digital workflows for multi-platform delivery, encoding and transcoding, Blu-Ray authoring, content technical compliance and quality assessment, standards and aspect ratio conversions, tape legacy services, duplication and telecine transfers, data and tape archiving and storage.

In August 2010, itfc was acquired by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, a leading provider of entertainment industry services and technology to major Hollywood studios and clients around the world.  For more information please visit www.itfc.com.

About GB Labs

GB Labs have been bringing leading storage and archiving products to the market since 2000. Its Space family of high performance central storage products fills a niche in the market for fast and easy to use storage, in even the most demanding environments. Space offers cross-platform, scalable non- proprietary hardware that doesn’t require licenses to customers including BBC Archives and Reuters. 

With over a decade of experience in post-production solutions, GB Labs understand video and the likes of Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Grass Valley Edius inside and out – and how to make them work in harmony. Space was developed after extensive research and work in the post-production, education, military, medical research and broadcast markets, and it has been tested under the most demanding conditions. For more information, please visit www.gblabs.co.uk

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