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Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: R&S SpycerBox Cell for ARRI Media

April 5, 2016

Since 2015, the R&S SpycerBox Cell (36 TB, space-saving 1 HU chassis) from Rohde & Schwarz DVS has augmented the workflows of ARRI Media, the film industry’s leading technology and service provider, which is headquartered in Munich.

The modular R&S SpycerBox Cell is a centralized storage solution for content from individual sources in various resolutions (e.g. 4K and UHD) and frame rates (up to high frame rate material). It has proven beneficial that Rohde & Schwarz DVS storage solutions optimally save the RAW formats of ARRI cameras, including that of the ARRI ALEXA 65. The connected grading and mastering systems can access the storage system simultaneously. The R&S SpycerBox Cell can be scaled and cascaded to easily store the large data volumes of high-resolution material. As a result, the solution makes it easy to implement extremely data-intensive workflows.

The system was also equipped with innovative R&S Spycer data management software to enable monitoring and administration of extremely large data volumes within the company. The implemented descattering tool makes it possible to optimally position frame sequences and clips on the storage systems and have them available for further processing.

ARRI Media Technology and Innovation Manager Max Seefried says, “The key to our decision in favor of the R&S SpycerBox Cell from Rohde & Schwarz DVS was primarily that it is ideal for storing the RAW formats of the ARRI cameras. Of course, its great performance and stability when processing even large data volumes is also very impressive. It was fast and easy to integrate this SAN-in-a-box solution into our existing storage infrastructure.”

André Vent, DVS Sales Manager at Rohde & Schwarz, says, “We are pleased that our long-standing customer ARRI Media chose our newest storage technology. The SpycerBox Cell enables us to provide ARRI with maximum reliability and performance. The SpycerBox Cell is also an outstanding basis for enhancing storage depth and performance coupled with a unique failover system.”

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