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CBS News Ices Tape

You dont think of patience being a common virtue in the hustle-and-bustle world of daily TV news, yet CBS News waited four years for just the right storage system.

Frank Governale, VP of operations for CBS News, says he knew exactly what he wanted to help move the news operation off videotape, but no storage system could match his needs at first.

“We started four years ago putting specs together,” he says. “We went out with a bid, but nobody was ready. The systems we were bidding on either had more storage than we needed, or not enough bandwidth.”

CBS updated its RFP two years ago and received 13 bids, including some from traditional storage vendors and others from integrators. He eventually whittled the list down to four: Avid Technology, Grass Valley, Leitch, and OmniBus. Not exactly household names for networked storage, but, rather, vendors of video editing systems packaged with storage.

But Governale had some familiar storage requirements as CBS, like other broadcast and video organizations, migrates to digital and its disk-hogging propensities. He was looking for a system with RAID 3, mirrored RAID, automatic failover, and password security. Because CBS was switching over to Sony XDCAM cameras that record on Blue RAY DVD disk instead of tape, he wanted a file-based system.

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