Publishing Industry Turns to DataCore To Expedite Pre-press Processing
Thursday, December 18, 2003
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Dec. 17, 2003-- DataCore Software has gained significant traction in the data-intensive publishing, pre-press and print media sectors, where improving the rate at which huge, multi-gigabyte files can be saved, accessed and transferred translates directly into greater revenue and profitability. These customers find that DataCore's SANsymphony storage control software boosts storage performance and raises uptime - enabling better utilization of large capital investments in printing equipment. The results deliver significant competitive advantage and enhanced productivity. "For publishers and prepress shops, the performance of applications, storage and presses are of primary concern. By increasing the number of production and printing projects that can be completed within extremely tight deadlines, SANsymphony delivers a direct financial impact," said Pat Taylor, president of Carrollton, Texas-based Proactive Technologies, a solutions integrator specializing in the publishing industry. "SANsymphony's robust management capabilities, combined with its ability to encompass existing and new storage hardware and technology, make the software an ideal solution for handling accelerated data growth." Banta Corporation, the seventh-largest printer in North America, processes enormous digital files for printing educational and general books, calendars and B-to-B catalogues. Like most large printers, Banta requires a high-performance and reliability to keep presses running 24x7 and avoid thousands of dollars lost per hour of downtime. Looking for a solution that would increase availability and simplify management, Banta Book Group's prepress production manager, Tom Clifford, turned to SANsymphony. By centralizing management tasks of Banta's mission-critical operations, including hardware running on MacOS, Windows NT / 2000 and Unix platforms, SANsymphony eliminated many of the administrative headaches and significantly increased uptime. The outcome: a single, easy-to-use solution that maximizes existing resources while recouping ROI through improved productivity. DataCore has also worked with other publishing and communications customers to address similar needs: -- One West Coast printer specializing in commercial products such as high-end catalogs, publications and promotional materials invests in leading-edge technologies such as SANsymphony to empower the company. Allocating and reclaiming capacity quickly is an important element of their digital prepress vision. -- A multinational commercial print media firm assembled a Powered by DataCore SAN to serve very large files quickly between pre-production stages. In addition to cost savings, the solution has resulted in a fourfold increase in data-transfer rates, and the ability to drive jobs faster to multi-million dollar presses. "Like many industries accustomed to only marginal performance increases from one year to the next, our printing clientele are amazed at the impact that auto provisioning and a 2x or 3x I/O speed up immediately has on their document flow and ultimately on their bottom line," said Augie Gonzalez, director of product marketing for DataCore Software. "SANsymphony helps them eliminate long setup periods and much idle time in these highly serialized processes."