Q: G'day Bruce. What attracted you to the competition? Where you looking to upgrade your server?
We were looking. What attracted me to the competition was the fact that we could win a NAS. We’ve been looking at one for quite a while. We hadn’t made our mind up. The thought of winning one and getting one for free was a bit of a bonus. Which was good a good thought, because we did win.
Q: Had you used Seagate before?
Yes, we’ve got a server room full of DOS servers, and they were all running the Seagate’s cousin drive. We understand how good the Seagate technology is. It would have been our choice of drive to put in there but we’ve looked at other NASs. It seems to be the equivalent to what our NAS devices are.
Q: When you got the phone call or email did you quickly tell your mates? Or give a hoot for joy?
When I got the email, I was pretty happy. I never expected to win, but you never know, with these competitions. I told everyone in the office. There were two others that got into the competition as well.
Q: So it was a company-wide attempt to win the competition, and you were successful? So well done.
I think we wanted more people involved in it, but there were three of us that had it in.
Q: Did it come at a good time for the organisation?
Oh, it was perfect, because we’ve got an off-site backup, but we don’t have desktop backup. We mainly have a Mac office, so we use it mainly for running Time Machine and starting to build a new catalogue. We will probably have to tear apart some new storage for that, so it came at a perfect time. We were looking to borrow one, so at the moment we don’t have to.
Q: That’s fantastic. Are there any specific features so far that you that you particularly, that you are like, oh this is great, something that comes in handy?
It’s very fast, it’s very fast on the relay. With 800MB, it means I can backup my computer in about four seconds, which I’m very impressed. That was a little bonus for me. It’s running...
Q: Sorry go on.
I was going to say it’s running better than the other server.
Q: I was going to say, we only sent it to you a day or two ago, or a couple days. You obviously seem to have had no trouble setting it up?
Oh, no, no, we just pulled it out. It was fairly easy to setup, we just pulled it out of the box and plugged it in. Hooked up two LAN connections on it, then we powered it up so it was a 10-15 minute job and then put the software in, and then off it went.
Q: Are there any aspects of the server that you haven’t quite used yet but you’re still looking forward to having a go with?
Well the main aspect that I would be looking at would be to have a go at this remote access. We have offices in a lot of locations and some of the staff there could benefit by being able to download files from that. It’s more or less like having a private cloud. I think also the encryption might be worth looking at as well. I don’t know what sort of aid it would be as far as speed goes, but I’ll investigate it.
Q: What are some of the key things that you look for when you look for a server? Because you were shopping around.
What I’m mainly looking at the read and write times. The read, as I said before, the read time is very fast. The write time is relatively slow but it’s going over our network and it took about 30 seconds. That’s fine I can live with that since we’re reading files and reading information from files, is what I’m looking at. So, the speed of it is very good.
Q: You mentioned you are needing an extra couple Terabyte of storage. How will the Seagate server help with the expansion of your business that you are currently going through?
Well, we are about to launch a new catalogue. We typically do one every two or three years. Each product we have, will probably be about 100 or 200 MB of imagery. We will be looking at doing two or three thousand images probably, of products, so it will be the storage we need and having it right now will be a bonus I think. That amount of storage far exceeds what we’ve got available mainly, so that’s a real bonus for us.