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InFILE
Storing Up Your Assets Cont.
"Today's vertical storage stack, tiers
of disk, then tape, works well - but
as asset count increases, asset size
increases and as we continue to
drive to even higher frames they will
not continue to scale. This is where
object storage technology really
begins to shine. It combines the
ease of web-based protocols with
the Meta database found in simple
MAMs. Over time, object store will
allow the workflow to move the
content from high-speed, mid-tier
and archive tier storage, as opposed
to the idea of time-based archiving
with traditional HSM backed MAMs."

Jeff Herzog,
EditShare's Ark
Product Manager

"...Scalability is the
key to establishing
a storage system
that will last for a
long time"
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Scalability
For EditShare, scalability is key
to establishing a system that
will serve its users in the future.
"Every EditShare product is readily
scalable," stated Jeff Herzog,
EditShare's Ark product manager.
"That means that our range of
storage solutions can expand both
'up' and 'out.'"
Expansion 'up' is achieved
through the addition of more SAS or
PCIe connected expansion chassis
to a storage server, up to a total of
80 drives in one system. Expansion
'out,' is accomplished through the
use of EditShare's own ESA (Extreme
Scalable Architecture) feature.
EditShare's Ark Disk is a spinning
disk near-line product that allows for
high-speed backup, archiving and
restoration. Ark Tape is designed
for EditShare's own scalable LTO
tape libraries - which scale up
to 560 LTO-6 tapes, but is also
compatible with LTO libraries from
manufacturers such as HP, Quantum
and Spectra Logic.
EditShare Shared Storage Version
7, announced at NAB, is built on
the latest high-performance Linux
kernel. It incorporates a new

Quality of Service system that
allows authorised users to reserve
bandwidth for high-priority realtime activities, such as capture
and playout. At the network level,
it introduces support for Active
Directory Single Sign-On as well
as the SMB2 networking protocol,
enabling uncompressed 4K over
40-Gigabit Ethernet, as well as
improved performance with
standard 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit
connections.
NAB also saw the integration of
EditShare and NewTek products to
give users a unified live production
and shared storage platform with
a powerful MAM layer to track
and control assets from capture
and playout to post-production
and archives. EditShare also
revealed that its archiving solutions
now integrate with the Avid ISIS
5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared
storage families. In addition,
the EditShare shared storage
solutions now include support for
Adobe Anywhere.

Distilling Metadata
Front Porch Digital's latest
development is DISTILL. "This
new DIVASolutions allows users
to capture, process, manage, and
retrieve the metadata created
during preproduction, regardless
of format," revealed Rino Petricola,
SVP and General Manager. "From
there DISTILL enables easy
metadata searches to ensure rapid
asset retrieval."

Rino Petricola,
SVP and General
Manager, Front
Porch Digital
International

"...From there
DISTILL enables
fast, easy metadata
searches to
assure rapid asset
retrieval

"

Petricola stated that by
eliminating the need to adhere to
specific metadata standards and
schema, DISTILL reduces the
overhead associated with mining
metadata, and frees users to

The key is to establish a storage system that can grow as user demands increase

locate and monetise assets quicker.
"Generated in any format, on location
or in post, this solution distills
metadata and either wraps it in the
Archive eXchange Format (AXF) or
posts it directly into a schemaless
metadata store powered by Stretchr.
AXF objects are processed inline
for metadata extraction during
writing to disk or tape, or during
electronic transfer."
DISTILL's open, plug-in-based
framework accommodates nearly
every data type and format.
Within the metadata store, data
is intelligently and automatically
organised and optimised obviating the need for predefined
data structures.
In readiness for NAB, Avid
introduced its new ISIS 2500 nearline
shared storage system. Chris
Gahagan, Senior Vice President of
Products and Technology explained.
"ISIS 2500 makes it easier to house
and monetise media, helping
broadcast and post organisations
achieve streamlined and accelerated
workflows. The entire ISIS Storage
family now supports collaborative
4K workflows."
Operating on the open, extensible,
and customisable Avid MediaCentral
Platform, ISIS 2500 provides
improved performance, media
access, sharing, and protection.
In addition, through a choice of
new 160 and 320 TB engines ISIS
2500 delivers expanded capacity to
streamline media production. "As
storage needs grow, customers can
easily scale capacity by employing
up to five engines for a possible total
of 1.6 PB of raw disk-based nearline
storage, offering cost efficiency
when combined with ISIS 7500 or
ISIS 5500," stated Gahagan.
L a s Ve g a s p ro v i d e d a n
opportunity for SGL to show its
direct-acquisition-to-archive LTFS
workflow. The FlashNet content
management solution integrates
seamlessly with NRCS, MAM or
automation control systems to
provide significant improvements to
workflow efficiency without intruding
on the users' familiar desktop.
"The combined FOR-A's LTR Series,
LTO-5 Video Archiving Recorder and
SGL solution enables customers to
archive material that's been recorded
on the LTR, directly to LTO5 tape,"
stated Lee Sheppard, Director of
Product Management. "Once in
the SGL FlashNet archive, material

Matthew Rehrer,
MediaGrid-Harmonic

"...ChannelPort's
performance
includes highdensity playout

"

is available for use via FlashWeb,
SGL's user interface. This workflow
is particularly advantageous for
production environments where
new material, including live-event
feeds, is ingested."

Functionality
Tedial provided visitors to NAB
with its product software solutions
through a 'Find it-Enrich it-Manage
it-Publish it' campaign.
Julian Fernandez-Campon, Head
of Solution Architecture explained,
"The idea is to detail how our solutions
help today's broadcasters. Tedial
software solutions include media
asset management, hierarchical
storage management, business
process management, transcoding
operations, and media distribution."
"Our storage system is designed
to easily scale in three dimensions.
Metadata, by adding new database
servers, Media Storage, adding new
storage and managing servers
and Processing, by adding new
processing servers."
Harmonic
showcased
collaborative editing and 4K editing
on its MediaGrid shared storage
system. MediaGrid is scale-out
storage, enabling users to start in a
small way and then seamlessly scale
to Petabytes of capacity and tens of
gigabytes per second of throughput.
"We featured enhancements
to the Spectrum media server
product line, including the Spectrum
ChannelPort integrated system,
which augments ingest, storage,
and playout broadcast workflows,"
said Matthew Rehrer, MediaGrid
product manager. "ChannelPort's
performance includes high-density
playout of four SD/HD channels
per RU, dual DVE capabilities, and
compatibility with the industry's
leading automation systems."
Long gone are the days of
storing film cans and video tape
cases on shelves. Although the
space needed for today's files is
considerably less, storage - and
easy retrieval - is just as important.
Of course, one question remains - is
such storage a production or an IT
function? That debate may continue
for some time.


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