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TrendWatch Fast Fact: Who Uses NAS?

One out of six U.S. studios uses networked attached storage By Jim Whittington, TrendWatch Inc.

TrendWatch logoIn this weekly quick feature, TrendWatch founding partner Jim Whittington offers you interesting factoids based on market research from the broadcast and graphics industries. This week, see how a growing percentage of U.S. studios and facilities are using networked attached storage in their production workflows.

Fact: 16% of U.S. studios/facilities have networked attached storage (NAS) in use at their primary facilities.

Why should you care?
As a category, storage continues to boom as file sizes continue to grow faster than U.S. waistlines. Although NAS is currently used by 16% of U.S. studios, almost one in three FX/animation studios use NAS as do 24% of the broadcast/cable studios, 22% of post houses and 18% of corporate studios. Overall, half of the studios with 50+ employees currently use NAS. 

-- Excerpted from the TrendWatch Visual Effects/Dynamic Media Report - Issue #5, Summer 2004.

These market facts are based on original TrendWatch market research with executives and business owners in the TV/Broadcast and visual effects industries. You can  reach the TrendWatch Partners, Jim Whittington and Dr. Joseph Webb via e-mail at [email protected], or visit  the company's Web site at

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