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Nexsan Provides Storage Behind The Pixels

ATAboy solution is the ?bedrock? of MPC?s storage system. (June 04, 2004)

The InfiniSAN ATAboy2 from Nexsan Technologies, the leader in innovative storage solutions, provides the backbone for storing vast amounts of data generated by the Moving Picture Company (MPC) for the digital effects used in a variety of film projects.

MPC is one of the worlds leading post-production facilities, creating high-end digital visual effects and computer animation for the advertising, music, television and feature film industries. The Soho, London-based company is responsible for the digital wizardry seen in Hollywood productions such as Alien Vs. Predator, Big Fish, Ella Enchanted, all three of the Harry Potter films including the latest release, Troy and Wimbledon. The increased use of computer-generated imagery and the capacity needed for each of these shots have placed huge demands on its data storage.

Nexsans ATAboy2 is a key component of MPCs 100TB-capacity storage facility and thousand-processor render farm. With more than 20 artists working on different aspects of a single shot or sequence at any given time, MPC needed an extremely flexible network with a balanced architecture to supply enough storage capacity to enable these parallel, data-intensive operations. The ATAboy2 allows MPC to meet the demand for these data-intensive projects with enhanced performance and minimum downtime. ?Storage is pretty much a commodity to us, said Steve MacPherson, Head of Technical Operations in MPCs film division. ?But Nexsan has proved to be so reliable over the past four years, and at such an attractive combination of price and performance, that its become the bedrock of our storage system.

?CGI is becoming a standard process in todays filmmaking environment from the creation of fantasy worlds and creatures to cost-saving effects and untethered camera shots, said Brendan Kinkade, Nexsan Vice President of Marketing. ?For those working in this digital realm, it is imperative that they adopt a storage solution that maximizes capacity, minimizes complexity and can scale with the demands of the business. Nexsans ATAboy series is a boon to those artists who push pixels for a living.

The InfiniSAN ATAboy2 series provides enterprise-class features and functionality in an advanced ATA disk-based solution than can scale from a correct-cost, entry-level solution up to meet the demands of the most storage intensive mid-range and enterprise applications. Nexsan designed enterprise-class reliability into the ATAboy2, utilizing redundancy, advanced ATA disk drives and the latest in RAID technology. The Nexsan designed GUI interface, NexSCAN, provides the latest in centralized management and monitoring features for all Nexsan subsystems. Tele-Guard, Nexsan's phone home manager, offers operator selectable parameters to monitor all system conditions. Tele-Guard provides the vehicle to notify single or multiple system operators of not only component warnings, but also preemptive alerts. InfiniSAN ATAboy2 ATA disk-based systems provide the maximum uptime operation and data protected environment available today.

About Nexsan Technologies
Nexsan Technologies, headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif. is the leader in innovative and correct cost storage solutions. The company creates and delivers award-winning, storage-centric hardware and application-based solutions worldwide through one of the most diverse and established networks of professionals in the storage industry. Next generation Nexsan storage products are designed for corporate, graphics, medical imaging, animation and special effects, real time/event monitored/ online/off site storage, Internet delivered content, digital film and video, financial on-line transaction data, music and voice, video security, and document imaging. For more information, please see the company's website at


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