Montgomery Community Media upgrade their Facilis shared storage network

Facilis announced that Rockville, Maryland-based Montgomery Community Media (MCM) has recently upgraded their Facilis shared storage network to 96TB. Part of Montgomery county, MCM is the only independent, nonprofit organization providing access to public media (public access television and broadband media) directly to the county’s over one million residents as well as non-profit organizations, associations and local businesses. Near to DC, the public TV and web resource has served the public since the early eighties.


MCM has an in-house staff of editors and shooters and six different editing workstations running Adobe CC. “We have about 10 staff shooters who cover everything from news to community events and human-interest stories in the area,” says Michael Walsh, Technical and Network Manager at MCM.


“When I first started, everything was done over “sneaker-net”. We had hard drives stacked up in drawers, and some people had several terabytes on G Raid drives. We literally had credenzas full of drives that were filled with media. They weren’t plugged in, so we didn’t know if the media was still valuable or if it could be accessed at all. We needed a way to move our media files onto some kind of a secure storage device that could be accessed from multiple stations.”


To solve the storage problem for all in-house and production team shows, MCM purchased a Facilis TerraBlock 24D shared storage network from Virginia-based system integrator Digital Video Group (DVG). Initially installed with 48TB, the system was recently upgraded to 96TB. The storage is connected to the editing workstations via Fibre Channel, while others can access the storage via Ethernet from laptops or remotely.


The Facilis system also supports a Tightrope play-to-air system and is connected to a Telestream Live Capture 4-channel ingest system. DVG recommended Facilis storage in part because they are one of the only vendors that offers both Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity on a single storage server. “The TerraBlock is a robust and reliable key component at MCM that gets the jobs done,” said Jim Deigan, Sr. Account Manager at DVG.


“The Facilis system has really eliminated all the risks of losing material or accidentally losing someone else’s work,” says Walsh.


“We are better organized than we’ve ever been and finally free of the mountain of drives and all the hassles associated with them. The new Facilis Web Console has made it even easier to access our storage from anywhere to grant permissions and create volumes. Multiple editors can work at the same time while reporters are browsing footage from their desks deciding how they’ll want to put a story together. It’s a critical part of the workflow that we do every day.”