Elektrofilm on growth path


LAS VEGAS -- Elektrofilm Digital Studios president Frank Donner revealed significant expansion plans Tuesday at NAB as part of a company announcement that it selected Sun Microsystems' storage, servers, software and services to build a high-speed, open-standards database for digital content ingesting, archiving and management.

The technology hub is Elektrofilm's Burbank center, which will connect with the company's bases in Germany.

It also will connect future sites. Donner said at press time that Elektrofilm was closing an acquisition in Paris but declined to identify the company. He added that Elektrofilm is looking seriously at expansion into the U.K., Canada and New York as well as growing its Los Angeles-area presence.

The Elektrofilm Digital Media Environment is in Phase 1 of implementation. It is designed to combine lossless storage systems with Web-based management and delivery tools.

"Together (with Sun), we were able to custom-build a datacentric archiving solution ... which will enable Elektrofilm to pioneer a digital supplement for traditional film-archiving services," Donner said.

The system includes the Sun StorageTek Quick File System software, Sun StorageTek Storage Archive Manager software, Sun's 6540 and x4500 disc systems and Sun StorageTek SL8500 tape library.