How do you virtualize storage for modern media processes? By Jay Batista, Tedial’s General Manager, US Operations
Any company that has struggled with editors storing versions on their desktop systems can relate to the challenges of managing multiple storage sites. As the world of media production evolves, our tools need to grow and change with it, especially as production workflows span geographically disparate enterprise locations. Today it’s common for a project to start in one city, pass work to another and complete the project on a completely different continent. This evolution in the way we accomplish our work has changed the way we deal with storage management and the old paradigm of vertical hierarchical storage management (HSM) is being transformed.
By considering HSM in a horizontal as well as vertical dimension, today’s production tools can create a “pool” of tiered storage nodes, each node with traditional vertical storage management for local spinning drives, LTO archives and attached cloud capacity. In this way, a number of geographically separated sites can be interconnected and linked to workflows, so that media duplication and movement is efficiently controlled. All the complexities of where versions should be to serve a user in a particular task, what portions of media files are partially restored to high resolution for editing work, or where components of a finished product are kept at any single time is masked from the users, who are only using software tools to get their jobs accomplished. Storage in our modern media processes must be virtualized.
Tedial calls this logical virtualized HSM, Augmented STorage (AST). Going beyond object storage systems already available, content objects managed by AST include a minimum of metadata, which makes AST controlled media files independent of their MAM solution, making each object “smart” in an innovative way. AST furthers its innovations in node HSM by using the minimum metadata to transparently distribute the objects across the declared storage nodes according to customer defined business rules needed for workflow operations. This secure architectural break-through allows simplification and optimization of the underlying media logistic processes, making the files accessible to users in the most efficient and suitable location, minimizing the unneeded transfers, optimizing operational costs. By integrating AST into a MAM/workflow solution, an enterprise operation is able to facilitate easy integration with other third-party systems that manage content, to publish and archive content in an efficient and simple way.
AST fully supports a ‘Media Anywhere’ enterprise for multiple departments, multiple sites or “round-the-world” 24×7 operations.