Department of Post is a broadcast television and film post-production finishing facility that provides sophisticated content, editing, and archive solutions to the New Zealand film and television industry. It services independent and network production companies and works on some of New Zealand’s most popular television programs.
As television and film production schedules are fast paced, Department of Post needed a reliable, quality library to store, backup, and manage film on a rapid turnaround.
Department of Post selected Oracle’s StorageTek SL150 tape library over HP and Dell products for its ease of use, upgrade simplicity and low-cost expandability. It is also easy to install, operate, and remotely manage. It was important that the company be able to easily train clients in how to use the system and remotely upload or restore broadcast television and film for storage, editing, and archiving.
“We can now verify that all jobs have been backed up and archived. With the legacy system, we would only verify the most important jobs, as it was a time-consuming, manual, loading process. We have great confidence in the automated backup and archiving, and StorageTek SL150’s ability to archive large volumes of raw and post-production broadcast television and film from our clients, which include broadcasters, television and film companies, and production houses,” said James Gardner, director, Department of Post.
Department of Post commissioned and received the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library in December 2012 and implemented it in January 2013. The implementation process was simple because the out-of-the-box, pre-engineered server was ready for immediate installation and use. Department of Post provided user training to key staff and completed the implementation on time and on budget.
Group 6 Technologies—a Department of Post software development partner—provided testing and support in pairing its customized server, DIVA, with StorageTek SL150 modular tape library to ensure integration of custom software and production tools.