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ProMAX vs IT Solutions

Many of our clients already own Enterprise Class storage systems like NetApp & Isilon.  These high performance systems, when set up right, can have storage space allocated to a creative team.  The problem is, creative teams are the most bandwidth, storage & resource intensive departments in your entire company.  And soon both the IT and the creative users are unhappy with the situation. 

 

ProMAX 

Enterprise Storage

High Performance Shared Storage
Yes
Yes
Integrates with Existing Users / Domains
Yes
Yes
Creative Application Support
Yes
Limited
Vendor Support for the Creative Team
Yes
No
100% Performance Segmentation
Yes
No
Creative Team front end application
Yes
No
Software to help users properly manage media
Yes
No
90 Days Risk Free
Yes
No
Cost Effective Growth
Yes
Not Usually

 

Often a single video editor will utilize more than 50 times the performance compared to a typical business user.  This type of workflow requires full segmentation to ensure your whole organization is not affected by a few high performance users.
This is why organizations choose to reduce risk by segmenting not just storage pools, but by using a purpose built system for their creative team.

 

A seasoned IT expert can build a high performance NAS  to achieve incredible performance.  The problem comes when the creative team fills the storage and needs to start managing media, this is the Shared Storage trap→.  To make it even worse, if you build it, it's your responsibility to support it, forever. 

 

ProMAX 

Custom NAS

High Performance Shared Storage Yes Yes
Integrates with existing users & domain Yes Yes
Creative Application Support  Yes No
Responsible for Success ProMAX You
Estimated man-hours from IT 8 hrs to launch, 2 hrs per quarter for support 60+ hrs to launch, 20+ hrs per quarter for support
Helps Creative Team manage media better Yes No
Grows beyond storage Yes No

 

As with many technology decisions --- 'It can work' and the 'It's the right solution' are often two different things.


 

Who Loves ProMAX

Increase Efficiency

Efficiency requires the right tools.  Few creatives teams have the expertise or desire to manage complex storage environments.  Few IT teams want to be pulled into figuring out why 'video is stuttering on the network system'.  

Equip your team with a future-proof solution, not a band-aid for today's problem.

Reduce Risk

No one requires more performance & storage than creative teams.  Nothing reduces infrastructural risk like having the right solution for the right problem.

Choose Long Term Success

What seems like a lot of storage now fills up quickly with any creative team.  You can bet that whatever storage is given will be full faster than anyone anticipated.  So give your team the solutions that let them not only manage their media and storage better, but a solution that can easily grow when you need to add another 100TB.