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AIB InfiniVault Case Study

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Read how Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters solved their need for a cost-effective and scalable storage system to handle long-term data retention and management with the Imation InfiniVault.

Read how Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters solved their need for a cost-effective and scalable storage system to handle long-term data retention and management with the Imation InfiniVault.

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  • 1. Case Study AT-A-GLANCEAIB solves archiving issue with Organization:cost-effective and scalable Imation Atlanta InterfaithInfiniVault™ Active Archive Storage Broadcasters, Inc.Appliance solution Industry: BroadcastingImation Systems, an industry leader in digital storage Application:solutions, solved a major archival issue for Atlanta Interfaith Preserve and archiveBroadcasters, Inc. (AIB). Founded in 1969 as a non-profit mission-critical businessorganization, AIB is the nation’s largest regional interfaith data and video.cable television network. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Solution:AIB provides faith-based communities and non-profit service Imation InfiniVaultorganizations access to a vast audience of viewers as well as Model 30over $1,000,000 of donated services. Software: Symantec Backup Exec; ChronoSync; Final CutThe Situation ServerAIB produces approximately 70 gigabytes of programming per day in variousformats and also accepts programs submitted by clients for broadcast. Betweenin-house and client programming, AIB operates with a minimum of 3.8 terabytesof data and video programming each day. In order to preserve all its records, thenetwork needed a cost-effective and scalable storage system for long-term dataretention and management.The ChallengeAIB was operating without an effective storage solution for its data; however,Pat Williams, Vice President of Operations for AIB, and her team knew exactlywhat they needed. “We began looking for a storage solution for up to 30terabytes of data at a price we could afford,” she explained. “Operating as a non-profit means we have to carefully analyze every purchase. We needed a cost-effective solution that would also save us time, freeing up the IT team to workon other key projects.”Williams and her colleagues spent a good deal of time manually backing updata each week—one hour to backup business data to tape and three hoursto backup video files to disc. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to backup all thevideo because of technology and time constraints,” she continued. “Video isour business, so the archival process is crucial. We began looking for a cost-effective and scalable solution that wouldn’t require manual intervention orintense oversight.”The SolutionAIB now uses the Imation InfiniVault Active Archive Storage Appliance Model 30to store all its data and video. “Imation backs up and stores our business-specificinformation as well as data and video in editing, playback, and archiving, whichmeans every bit of data is preserved,” Williams explained. “Separate vaults werecreated for the specific needs of those four business areas, enabling our staff
  • 2. to protect and retrieve important information. While this solution meets ourneeds at the current time, our long-term plan is to install a duplicate Imationsystem offsite for disaster recovery purposes.”Williams said choosing Imation was easy. “We reviewed several available “ technologies, including cloud array,” she said. “We decided on-site hardware We chose Imationwas best for AIB, and Imation offered the most cost-effective, scalable, andeasy-to-use solution. We were also impressed with Imation’s RDX disks, because it was thewhich have a 30-year shelf life, far exceeding competitor’s products. The most cost-effectiveactual hardware implementation was seamless, and I would rate the entire and scalableacquisition process as outstanding.” solution for ourThe Benefits long-term storageProtects video archives: AIB’s financial viability is directly related to successful needs ... Imationprogramming. The broadcasting network can now store vast amounts of video,as well as all its business data, easily and efficiently. “With Imation, we have gives us peace of ”peace of mind,” Williams said. mind. Ensures scalability for the future: Imation InfiniVault is the only storage system —Pat Williamsdesigned to manage increasing amounts of information over extended periods VP of Operations,of time. As AIB’s programming continues to develop, the InfiniVault offers Atlanta Interfaith Broadcastersinfinite capacity for expansion with RDX removable disks.Saves time and money: Before implementing the Imation InfiniVault solution,the IT staff at AIB spent several hours each week on manual backupprocedures. That process is now automated, saving hundreds of hours eachyear and enabling the staff to focus on other projects. The Imation InfiniVaultcomes fully equipped with exactly what the IT team needs to manage datafor the long term and it saves AIB money as well. There is no extra cost forsoftware features and RDX disk drives can be added when storage growswithout having to purchase expensive disk management tools or a newsystem infrastructure.Questions? Contact us at:Phone: 651-704-7777Website: www.scalablestorage.com imation.comImation Enterprises Corp., 1 Imation Way, Oakdale, MN 55128.3414 USA Ph: 651.704.4000 Fax: 651.537.4675 www.imation.com© Imation Corp. Imation, the Imation logo and InfiniVault are trademarks of Imation Corp and its affiliates. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. (03.09.12)