NetApp flash technology was in the spotlight at Flash Memory Summit August 12 as the team earned a Best of Show Award for customer innovation and was honored with three 2015 Flash Storage Brand Leader Awards from IT Brand Pulse.
Lee Caswell, VP, Product & Solutions Marketing, accepted NetApp’s Flash Memory Summit “Best of Show” award for Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation for its work with Global Eagle Entertainment.
“Our panel of judges was impressed by a game-changing SSD storage system solution for the entertainment industry for customer environments demanding the highest levels of performance,” said Jay Kramer, chairman of the Flash Memory Summit Awards Program and president of Network Storage Advisors Inc. “We are proud to select NetApp for the Best of Show Innovation Award based on Global Eagle Entertainment achieving impressive performance and maximum uptime with full redundancy and automated failover in a customer implementation.”
Meeting fast turnaround times is paramount for Global Eagle Entertainment (Global Eagle). The company is constantly editing video, creating edited versions of movies for airlines and cruise ships, compiling excerpts from TV shows, and adding foreign language dubbing and subtitles. As the number and size of Global Eagle’s video files increased due to customer demand and higher resolutions, the company’s shared production storage became a performance bottleneck.
After evaluating five all flash providers on real-world postproduction workloads, Global Eagle chose NetApp and its EF-Series all flash array. The company is able to reduce operating costs now that it can process video up to six times faster. “Performance and price were our most important considerations, and NetApp delivered on both,” explains Aziz Kapadia, director of global IT for Global Eagle. The people at NetApp made a difference for Kapadia as well. “The NetApp team clearly understood our industry, and they were there when we needed them,” he says.
In addition, with its NetApp deployment, the company is achieving greater productivity and higher quality. It hasn’t experienced any outages, dropped frames, or stutter for customer demos, helping Global Eagle retain its existing customers while continuing to win new ones.
2015 Flash Storage Brand Leader Awards
NetApp took home three Flash Storage Brand Leader Awards in 2015 and swept the All Flash NAS Array category for the second year in a row.
NetApp All Flash FAS and EF-Series arrays were chosen for three awards in this year’s IT Brand Pulse flash storage survey, which receives input from IT professionals who actually buy and use the products. NetApp swept the All Flash NAS Array category for the second year in a row, earning top honors for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation Leader. It won the All Flash Unified SAN/NAS Arrays category, including individual honors for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, and Innovation leadership. In addition, the company ranked #1 for All Flash InfiniBand Arrays, earning recognition for Market, Performance, and Innovation leadership.