Primerica invests in Archion shared storage
January 23, 2017

Primerica invests in Archion shared storage

LOS ANGELES — Archion Technologies (, a provider of ultra high performance shared storage solutions for media workflows, has sold an EditStor system to Duluth, GA-based Primerica, Inc., the distributor of financial products to middle income households in North America. The storage solution will be used on assignments by the company’s editors while traveling across North America to various live company events. The department is comprised of about 20 people, including several producers, editors, writers, videographers and other support staff.

Mike Ziegenbein is chief engineer and VP with Primerica’s media department. “We needed something that was truly collaborative,” he says. “Our systems integrator proposed a system based on Archion’s network storage technology chassis. We were editing with Adobe Premiere and just storing everything on a GigE NAS. We wanted a high-speed, fiber-based collaborative system, so we acquired an Archion Alliance Pro, which worked perfectly for us for many years.”

Primerica’s media department is charged with capturing all of the company’s speeches and activities into their system with Mac Pros. The media team then edits these videos while they are on-site at various events, and through high-speed transfer, can post these videos quickly to Primerica’s Web portal. The same live TV formerly transmitted over satellite is now streamed every week on the web.

In 2016, Ziegenbein and his team realized they needed a highly versatile and portable high speed storage system they could use in remote locations. Primerica acquired the Archion EditStor specifically for this portable use. Their on-the-go system is comprised of four Mac Pros and monitors, which can be connected to the shared storage with fiber optics.

“After looking at the various options on the market last year, we realized that the Archion EditStor was the best value for the service and portability we required,” says Ziegenbein. “We can now take 30 terabytes of super high speed storage, and all of our editors can share their files on the road. Our whole system gets trucked around the country to over a dozen meetings a year. The EditStor just works great. It comes up easily and does everything we want it to do – it’s docile and very fast. The EditStor is quite robust. Once we are on-site, it just wakes up and runs.”