London-based Motion Picture Solutions (MPS), a leading international film services facility is a major user of Rohde & Schwarz’s mastering and distribution platform, R&S CLIPSTER. To support this mission critical investment, the company has recently invested in the new media storage system, R&S SpycerNode.
As a film mastering and distribution house, MPS offers unparalleled expertise in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) creation for Hollywood studios, but its services reach far wider, encompassing many independent movies.In an average month MPS will work on at least three major features. For a global release, it can create DCPs for up to 35 different territories all of which MPS handles on its eight CLIPSTER mastering workstations.
Now, to support this large CLIPSTER network, MPS has invested in two 5U84 SpycerNode storage systems from Rohde & Schwarz. The two systems are configured in a synchronous cluster spread over two locations. One part of the cluster is in MPS’ Mission Hall site in Olympia, London, and the other in a data centre 11km away. They are connected by two diverse dark fibres running 100 gigabit ethernet over CWDM optical multiplexing. The data is immediately copied to another location, giving instant backup.
One key feature of SpycerNode is its integration of IBM’s Spectrum Scale technology, formerly known as General Purpose File Systems (GPFS).