Case study

Shared storage for a professional
video editing suite at Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University were looking for an 11-seat, multi-user video editing suite. They gave Jigsaw24 a call and we helped them find the solution to meet their performance and budgetary requirements, and ensure that they were able to undertake real-world professional projects. As well as including the capacity for future upgrades, our experts implemented a render farm to operate out of hours.

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Why did they come to us?
The university wanted a professional standard editing suite that they could use to teach, but that would also allow them to create commercially viable, professional standard projects.

What did they need?
All 11-seat, multi-user video editing suite, complete with fast shared storage and a render farm. The system needed to be scalable and offer the university a degree of future proofing.

How did we help?
We specced, configured and installed the 11 edit suites, all running off an 8Gb Fibre Channel SAN, which would allow for secure storage, shared access and easy management of large amounts of data. We also installed a render farm and compression cluster, then coordinated the installation around building work at the university.

What were the benefits?
The university now have a professional standard editing suite that they can use for teaching and to generate revenue. Several options for redundancy and failover mean that the system is highly reliable, and the bandwidth of the network can be doubled in the future if Bath Spa want to expand their setup.

“The Xsan and Fibre Channel solution Jigsaw24 helped put in place is providing our Broadcast Media students with all the power and space they need to produce high quality results. Particularly impressive is the implementation of distributed processing across the suite – transcoding video is now a quick and easy task, rather than an overnight chore.”

Ollie Kenchington, Studio Technician,
Technical Support and Network Administrator at Bath Spa University.

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Bath Spa offers a range of courses, from pre-degree study to postgraduate degrees. The university, home to around 5,500 students, has achieved exceptionally high rankings in the national league table.

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