The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation selects the ATTO FastStream™ Storage Controller to provide Data Protection for their Editing Suites

FastStream provides full stream counts with Avid® editing systems

Apr 01, 2008

Amherst, NY (April 1, 2008) — ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, today announced that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada has selected the ATTO FastStream™ Storage Controller to provide parity data protection to 27 editing suites at their Montreal facility. CBC/Radio-Canada utilizes Avid® MediaDock U320™ storage from Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) along with Avid video editing solutions for post-production. FastStream Storage Controllers integrate with storage, including the Avid MediaDock U320, to provide robust data protection and other advanced features.

The initial installation of the FastStream Storage Controllers has been completed with several other implementations to occur over the next several months at CBC/Radio-Canada's television facilities in Montreal. The FastStream SC 5300 has been qualified and approved by Avid Technology, Inc. for use with Avid MediaDock Ultra320 local storage.

“When we assessed the risk associated with the lack of data protection in our editing suites we set out to choose a technology provider that could provide RAID protection without having to scrap our existing storage infrastructure,” said Denise Normandin, director, Post-production and Presentation, Technical Production, and Pierre Marion, director, Broadcast Engineering, at CBC/Radio-Canada, Montreal. “After evaluating the ATTO solution for several weeks, it was clear that ATTO's FastStream was well-suited to provide data protection to our editing suites without sacrificing performance. By working with our digital workflows, ATTO did not change the way we access our storage, they provided us with a product which allows our storage to be more reliable.”

“Many editors fear that the addition of RAID protection will hinder performance,” said Tom Kolniak, Director of Products at ATTO. “However, editing without data protection exposes the risk of downtime due to a drive failure which can impact deadlines and budgets. The FastStream was engineered to maintain full stream counts for high definition and standard definition post-production, even in the event of a drive failure, while providing the benefit of RAID parity protection. By providing CBC/Radio-Canada with this solution, they are now able to offer their editors the piece of mind they need to keep projects on track.”

The FastStream product line is available in the United States via Avnet and Rorke Data. Availability in Canada is provided through Bell Microproducts and international availability is provided by ATTO's Global Alliance Partners.

About FastStream
Featuring a one-button setup wizard that dramatically simplifies installation and configuration for video, audio, database and IT environments, FastStream SC appliances are JBOD, DVRAID™ and RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 40, 50 and 60 configurable. Pools of storage can be managed from a central location providing users the ability to add storage as needed. Existing RAID volumes can be expanded, mirrors added or RAID levels changed dynamically while keeping all data intact. FastStream Storage appliances also add advanced intelligence features such as active notifications via “phone home” email alerts, real-time performance metrics, N-way mirroring, global hot spares and more.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 29 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada.

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