Citizen Pictures
The Xcellis solution specified by StorExcel not only enables us to take advantage of Quantum's powerful StorNext platform but also allows us to start with the capacity and performance we need now, and then scale up the storage system economically as those needs change.

Andrew Moraski
Citizen Pictures Post-Production Supervisor

Denver Post House Implements Shared Storage Solution to Enhance Efficiency and Establish Foundation for Fluid, Economical Growth

Denver-based post-production house Citizen Pictures deployed a new Quantum® Xcellis workflow storage solution, powered by the Quantum StorNext platform and integrated by Quantum partner StorExcel, to achieve greater efficiency in meeting tight production deadlines.

Citizen Pictures is an Emmy Award-winning, lifestyle-focused content creation company that specializes in high-profile, talent-driven productions, largely for food-oriented networks and digital platforms. With a team of about 25 people, it creates programs such as "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," "Smoked," and "Guy & Hunter's European Vacation." Until it deployed the Quantum Xcellis storage solution, Citizen Pictures had relied on an aging Xserve infrastructure with limitations that the company recognized would eventually prevent it from maintaining the capacity and performance necessary to meet production deadlines.

"The Xcellis solution specified by StorExcel not only enables us to take advantage of Quantum's powerful StorNext platform but also allows us to start with the capacity and performance we need now, and then scale up the storage system economically as those needs change," says Andrew Moraski, post-production supervisor at Citizen Pictures. "With Xcellis, we brought the latest storage technology into our existing operations and very quickly began realizing efficiency gains that make it easier to meet our clients' deadlines."

Xcellis enhances productivity in collaborative media environments by integrating the most important components of workflow storage into a single, easy-to-manage, fully scalable hardware solution. The solution takes full advantage of the StorNext platform to provide content production, distribution, and archive capabilities with exceptional reliability and performance, including industry-best streaming performance for ingest, transcoding, and delivery. The Quantum solution also offers optimized high-speed Fibre Channel SAN connectivity, cost-effective LAN, small to midsize business (SMB), and Network File System (NFS) sharing options and IP connectivity.

StorNext Connect, the full-featured management tool integrated into Xcellis, provided StorExcel and Citizen Pictures with an intuitive wizard interface that reduced the time and cost required to deploy the entire storage system and clients. Now that the system is deployed, StorNext Connect offers management and troubleshooting capabilities that help the post house to identify and resolve issues quickly for optimal performance and maximum uptime. It also supplies real-time monitoring and trending statistics that aid Citizen Pictures in maintaining the mix of performance and capacity ideal for its operations and project workload.

"Citizen Pictures works with demanding clients that continually raise the bar," says Lance Hukill, StorExcel president. "Xcellis will allow the company's content workgroup to leverage the StorNext platform to enhance its efficiency and productivity, and the continuous scalability of Xcellis will ensure that Citizen Pictures can easily build on this initial investment to grow along with its clients' ever-higher expectations."

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Key Benefits

  • High performance allows team to handle multiple 4K streams in a collaborative work environment to finish work faster.
  • System scales performance and capacity independently, providing flexibility for future growth.
  • Easy-to-use installation tools and strong support create a smooth, easy transition that minimizes downtime.
  • Compatibility with Xserve and Xsan preserves Citizen Pictures’ existing workflow, while providing a system designed for future growth.
  • Support for multiple interface protocols, including SAN, LAN, and NFS, maximizes investment protection and saves money.

About Citizen Pictures

Denver-based Citizen Pictures is an Emmy Award-winning lifestyle content creator focused on high-profile, talent-driven productions. The company creates programming for a wide range of the leading video delivery platforms, including the Food Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery, TLC, Travel, Oxygen, and Bravo, and its productions include the hits Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Smoked, and Guy & Hunter's European Vacation. Over its thirty-year history, Citizen Pictures has maintained a belief in the power of media to change perspectives, to drive brands, and to create lasting impressions.