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ABC manages content with Isilon IQ

The ABC network in New York has deployed Isilon Systems’ IQ system for the storage and management of thousands of digital dailies and graphics for it entertainment programs and news operations. The network said it selected Isilon IQ over traditional storage systems for its ability to scale quickly with no downtime, offer complete and easy integration into its existing infrastructure, and deliver unmatched ease of management for the organization.

In the creation of digital dailies, ABC uses Isilon IQ to provide immediate access to daily scenes that are processed overnight and sent to the post-production team for editing. These digital files require hundreds of terabytes of storage, extremely high scalability and are essential to the productivity of a broadcaster's workflow. According to Isilon, ABC needed a storage solution that could keep pace with the high demands of the network’s digital workflow and could scale performance and capacity in lock step — something their current networked storage system was unable to do.

Preston Davis, president of broadcast operations and engineering at ABC, said that the Isilon IQ implementation “is a marked improvement in the time it takes to produce content and deliver breaking news."

Brett Goodwin, vice president of marketing and business development at Isilon, said that Isilon IQ was designed to help content-centric businesses such as ABC improve the overall efficiency of their workflow: "ABC is exactly the type of business for which Isilon IQ was designed — one with a need to produce, edit and disseminate content broadly, with extremely high quality and as quickly as possible."

Isilon IQ is a high-performance clustered storage system that combines an intelligent distributed file system with modular industry standard hardware to deliver unmatched simplicity and scalability. Isilon's OneFS distributed file system eliminates islands of storage by creating a single global namespace and enables customers to grow both storage capacity and performance linearly.

Isilon, a Seattle-based company, is financed by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Atlas Venture and Madrona Venture Group.

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