R&S SpycerNode Delivers Performance, Security for New World Symphony 4K-UHD Storage

R&S SpycerNode Delivers Performance, Security for New World Symphony 4K-UHD Storage

The classical music educational institution has deployed a massive 4K Ultra-HD video system

The New World Symphony (NWS), a renowned educational institution training the next generation of orchestra and ensemble musicians, has deployed the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) SpycerNode storage solution as part of a nearly $8.5 million upgrade to transition its video production, distribution and presentation technology to 4K Ultra-HD.
NWS has installed a 1.4 Petabyte (PB) R&S SpycerNode to record and archive 4K Ultra-HD program feeds and ISO camera shots of orchestral performances. The solution also stores productions of NWS rental clients.

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“We started looking around the one Petabyte range, and we actually found a lot of storage systems were available,” says Dan Slentz, NWS chief video engineer. “Some were very untested, and when it came down to it, Rohde & Schwarz had the most robust, tested system available.”

 

R&S SpycerNode Delivers Performance, Security for New World Symphony 4K-UHD Storage

The storage solution is fully scalable and can be adapted to capacity and bandwidth demands during operation. Multiple R&S SpycerNode devices with different configurations can be combined.

“I knew Rohde & Schwarz from their transmitters, and their transmitters are seriously top of the line,” says Slentz. “And their test equipment is top-notch, too. So, knowing the reputation of the company added a big comfort level when we decided on the R&S SpycerNode.”

The New World Symphony deployed its R&S SpycerNode in its IT server room. The unit takes up less than half of a 72-inch-high rack, which later can be populated with up to about 5 PB as future needs require, says Slentz.

Integrated with the R&S SpycerNode is R&S SpycerPAM production asset management software, which enables powerful searches, rights management and proxy generation.

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“We are extremely proud that our R&S SpycerNode is playing a critical role in the New World Symphony’s upgrade to 4K Ultra-HD,” said Rohde & Schwarz Erik Balladares, Head of Global Sales for Media Production Solutions. “The R&S SpycerNode delivers full redundancy thanks to complete hardware redundancy and data protection measures like erasure coding. The New World Symphony can be certain that its valuable 4K Ultra-HD concert footage is secure for the long haul.”

R&S SpycerNode Delivers Performance, Security for New World Symphony 4K-UHD Storage

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The New World Symphony sees the R&S SpycerNode as a key technology in its media strategy. Slentz in particular values the role of Rohde & Schwarz in the project. “I can say this about Rohde & Schwarz. They have been very attentive to our needs and very helpful,” continues Slentz further highlighting the excellent customer service that Rohde & Schwarz provides.

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