Big Data is fast becoming an overused term, but 100TB a week is a lot of data by anyone's standards.
This particular EMC customer isn't a a telco or a bank or other financial institution that needs to record millions of transactions a week. You've probably never heard of it, though there's a good chance you've seen its output.
Legend3D is the largest provider of 2D to 3D media conversion, and was used by the producers of major movies including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Smurfs, Hugo, and The Amazing Spiderman.
A mix of Isilon X-Series units for active data and NL-Series for nearline storage of 'cooler' data handle a total of 600TB of digital images and video, plus storage associated with virtual machines, intranet servers and an asset management system.
"By selectively compressing files and moving them to the Isilon archive, we can save up to 80% of our production space for certain projects and still regenerate all the necessary data our artists need," said Anthony Lopez, director of IT at Legend3D.
"In the future, we're looking at moving our digital assets into the cloud and using SmartPools to optimise our capacity and further improve our efficiency."
Isilon IQ Accelerator nodes speed data synchronisation between the different environments.
"Our previous storage had limited performance and capacity, hindering our growth and impeding our ability to handle our ever increasing volume of production work," he said.
"Isilon immediately provided us with infinite scalability along with rapid access times and the ability to better manage our digital assets."
Mr Lopez also noted that the Isilon rollout reduced storage administration requirements from three full-time equivalents to one-quarter FTE.