Case Study – Goldsmiths
Two-Tier Shared Storage at Goldsmiths Facilitates Expanded Range of Courses and Increased Student Numbers
“root6 proved very helpful in demonstrating both the concept and the detail, providing a cost-effective solution that meets the differing needs across the areas of practice”
The Department of Media Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London has transformed its infrastructure, replacing local storage with Avid’s ISIS|5500 Storage Area Network (SAN) for undergraduate and postgraduate screen-based courses and Dynamic Drive Pool from Ardis to cater for Adobe-based courses in interactive design, photography, animation and journalism. The network was designed with the help of root6 which also provided training and on-going technical support.
Nigel Smith, Technical Operations Manager of the Media and Communications Department, describes the adoption of the SANs as a major step forward:
“Essentially we’ve revolutionised our facility and the way we manage workflows. We can now offer more courses and accommodate a greater number of students. Most importantly we’ll have the flexibility to make more effective use of our suites; our data will be more robust and we’ll have the capacity for further expansion.”
The 64TB ISIS|5500 at Goldsmiths is complemented with Avid Interplay, Media Central and Media Composer Cloud; technologies which will facilitate remote working when the system is fully implemented later this year.
“We’ll gain two important advantages from this ability,” maintains Smith. “Guest editors from the TV and film industries, who have great demands on their time, will now be able to access students’ work remotely and students on set will have the ability to view material back at base.”
Goldsmiths’ 18 Media Composer suites, together with an 18-seat lab are in great demand on courses ranging from interdisciplinary degrees and BAs in Media and Communications to MAs in Filmmaking with six specialist pathways: Directing Fiction, Producing, Screen Documentary, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Design, and Editing.
An accredited Avid Learning Partner, Goldsmiths complements the academic aspect of coursework by offering industry-recognised qualifications which have proved extremely popular.
“It’s not a compulsory element of the Masters courses,” explains Smith. “We’re not a craft and technical skills-based college but students see a lot of value in the training which also helps to demonstrate their commitment to a particular career path.”
“While we are very knowledgeable in editing, we’ve had little prior experience in networking and shared storage,” concludes Smith. “To that end root6 proved very helpful in demonstrating both the concept and the detail, providing a cost-effective solution that meets the differing needs across the areas of practice.”