Manchester’s Sumners has bought a MatrixStore pre-production archive and data management system as it looks to find new ways to cope with the storage demands created by tapeless acquisition technology.

The three node MatrixStore cluster will work with the post house’s Avid editing systems, allowing content to be made available to editors whenever they require it without putting extra strain on its storage platforms.

It was ordered through reseller Root6.

Technical director Brian Hardman said: “Fundamentally what we want, as do many other post houses in our market, is robust technology that has a relatively low entry level cost, but that is inherently and easily scalable.

“The Object Matrix architecture provides the type of scalability we require and also its flexible RAID approach allows for project based data protection schemes to be set up.”

The first project to make use of the new system will be the second series of Maverick Television’s Children’s Hospital (pictured) for ITV.

A number of BBC Religion and BBC Children’s projects will be up next.

Following installation, the company will also work with Object Matrix to develop its metadata handling model in order to make it a “cost-effective core” for simple asset management in post-production.