Livestream Deploys EMC Isilon for Rapidly Growing Content Library, Cuts Storage Operating Costs Nearly 30%
Leading Provider of Live Event Streaming Leverages Scale-Out NAS to Manage More Than Three Thousand Hours of New Content Streamed Every Hour
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced at the NAB Conference that Livestream, a leading provider of live event coverage, has deployed EMC® Isilon® scale-out NAS to support the Big Data demands of its rapidly growing live broadcasting operations. By implementing an EMC Isilon system and software, Livestream has been able to scale with growing storage demand and automate data-retention policies to reduce IT management time and lower operating costs.
- Easy scalability – With Isilon scale-out NAS, the company is now able to seamlessly and effortlessly scale performance and add capacity as needed.
- Reduced costs – By deploying Isilon, Livestream has reduced storage operating costs by 29% despite its growing storage needs.
- Simplified IT management – Isilon OneFS® operating system provides the levels of automation and ease-of-use that allow Livestream's operations staff to focus on business-critical projects instead of managing their storage environment.
Customer Challenges and Solution:
Livestream is dedicated to providing a platform that allows anyone to broadcast live events – from conferences, music events to movie premieres – so the rest of the world can experience them virtually. Livestream manages 500 terabytes of customer data, with traffic to the site more than doubling in the last year. Currently, over 1.5 billion minutes of video is streamed every month by the site's tens of millions of monthly visitors. This soaring popularity translates to over 80 terabytes of raw video data consumed per month, an amount its previous managed storage infrastructure was simply unable to support.
Prior to deploying Isilon, Livestream's storage solution comprised Linux boxes and open-source software that required merging hundreds of discs across disparate systems. This storage system adversely impacted system speed, scalability and reliability and was difficult to manage, requiring hours of manual administration each week.
Livestream needed a way to handle its rapidly growing video library. The company evaluated multiple solutions from leading storage vendors to more ‘self-serve' solutions. Livestream selected EMC Isilon scale-out NAS for several reasons: the system's density allowed Livestream to reduce power, cooling and footprint data center requirements; the ease of management considerably cut administrative efforts; and the much-heightened capacity enabled Livestream to scale up quickly without sacrificing performance and disrupting the user experience.
As Livestream continues to grow, the need for storage capacity continues to accelerate. Isilon's scale-out NAS architecture allows Livestream to plan for the future and easily add nodes to its NL-Series and X-Series systems to increase capacity while improving performance. With the Isilon OneFS operating system, Livestream has automated management tasks that previously required dedicated effort to manage. The company relies on Isilon SmartQuotas, SmartConnect, and SnapShotIQ to track resource usage, provide optimal node utilization, and protect customers' data.
Nicholas Tang, vice president, development operations, Livestream
"We're a fast growing startup, so it's critical that we choose a storage product that can meet our needs within a startup's budget. EMC Isilon was a perfect choice - not only did the product lower our operating costs, but it enabled us to seamlessly scale with user demand. And it's so simple to use. It just works."
Sam Grocott, vice president of marketing, EMC Isilon
"Event organizers, content owners, celebrities and artists around the world use Livestream's broadcasting tools to engage and grow their audiences on the Web. With EMC Isilon, Livestream can continue to deliver this content by providing them with a storage environment nimble enough to keep up with user demand for content storage, access, and sharing."
Isilon, a division of EMC, is the global leader in scale-out NAS. We deliver powerful yet simple solutions for enterprises that want to manage their data, not their storage. Isilon’s products are simple to install, manage and scale, at any size. And, unlike traditional enterprise storage, Isilon stays simple no matter how much storage is added, how much performance is required or how business needs change in the future. We're challenging enterprises to think differently about their storage, because when they do, they'll recognize there’s a better, simpler way. Learn what we mean at http://www.isilon.com.
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