The Berlinale International Film Festival 2014: EMC Guaranteed a First-Class Film Viewing Experience

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival that took place in Berlin from February 6 to February 16, 2014 concluded on a high note. With 13 different pieces of media coverage, this was one of the most important events in the international film industry. This year, EMC was the official partner of the festival. Thanks to EMC Isilon Storage Division, all Berlinale fans were able to enjoy an exceptional film experience!

The Berlinale organizers had anticipated that more than 2,500 films would be shown during the 10-day film festival which meant that the approximately 50 Berlinale-authorized theaters needed to access the entire Berlinale film library quickly and simultaneously for film viewings. EMC made this possible by using EMC Isilon X-Series scale-out NAS solution and providing a storage capacity of over 400 terabytes. The vast amount of film data could be stored centrally and converted into digital format for the theater screenings. The following criteria were of particular importance to the Berlinale team when it came to implementing the EMC Isilon solution:

–        Speed: The EMC Isilon X-Series speeds up data-storage processes significantly thanks to SSD technology for data-system metadata and file-based memory workflows , such as HD or 3D films. EMC Isilon provided the Berlinale festival with a storage capacity of 400 terabytes for over 2,500 films.

–        Efficient operation: As soon as the EMC Isilon X-Series is installed and configured, it would be ready for use and would not require any further modifications. The multitude of film data would be stored centrally, which would then ensure that the film festival ran smoothly.

–        Flexibility and data security: The entire infrastructure was secured by the integrated backup functions.

Watch the following video to learn how EMC Isilon provided the technical expertise required to help stage this internationally recognized film festival.

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Dr. Thore Rabe, Vice President of EMC Isilon EMEA emphasized: “In this age of IT transformation, the greatest challenge we face is the enormous increase in data volumes. Our simple, intelligent and scalable scale-out NAS solution delivers optimal performance and a first-class film experience, allowing visitors at the Berlinale to enjoy the new films in all their glory. We were really excited to be able to support this year’s Berlinale.”

We hope that the organizers, partners, actors and, above all, the visitors had a fantastic time!

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