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  • Tue, Apr 23 2013 8:07 PM In reply to

    • mmullen
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    Re: TerraBlock Discussion Thread

    cable:

    Do you find it handles the Media Composer shared projects as one would expect? I understand one large difference is that you can't decrease a workspace size. I can live with that.

     

    Also, I understand that the connection client software is available as a command line tool. Very handy for us.

     

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

     

    -cablet

     

    If you have any specific questiosn you can always e-mail me.  matt@facilis.com

     

    -Matt M.

  • Tue, Apr 23 2013 11:58 PM In reply to

    • Steve Kistner
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    Re: TerraBlock Discussion Thread

    As a ~very~ long term Avid Unity/ISIS guy (since 2000), I had an opportunity to install a TerraBlock 24D system last year, & have no regrets.  Installation was smooth, the reseller was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the product, and support has been very responsive to our limited questions. We are in the process of expanding this infrastructure as we speak, and consider it a mature and competent solution.

    Although sparse, I find the UI to be intuitive, and it's nice to have the administration tool be the same interface as the client mount tool (volume maintenance options are hidden if you are not the admin).  As others have described it, a TerraBlock is a significant step forward from local storage at a beneficial price as opposed to other solutions.

    One big distinction - Volumes can be spanned across chassis to increase available bandwidth, however each Terrablock server is also independently addressable if desired - if something bad happens to chassis 1 (it hasn't), you have the option for business continuity on chassis 2. 

    This does require forethought in your configuration, but this redundancy was a ~Huge~ step forward versus competing solutions in a 7x24 environment like mine.  This has us looking at the TerraBlock for tasks we would normally assign to commodity storage for it's managment capabilities and high availability.

    We are running Final Cut & Adobe After Effects primarily in this workgroup, parallel to 2 full MC/ISIS/Interplay installs.  Limited testing with shared Avid projects shows expected functionality (it's editor based logic to manage bin locking), but we don't have a ton of runtime in that role.

    My Wishlist: 

    *  Ability to shrink volume size dynamically.

    *  A bandwidth view interface like Unity/ISIS (for seeing when someone is exceeding their assigned streamcount).

    Hope this helps,

    Steve Kistner
    Principal Systems Engineer
    NBC Universal - NBC TV Network & Media Works

     

    -- Steve

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