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Storage Migration Scary-Not-Scary
Savva Mueller, VP of Products, Masstech, discusses the key aspects
involved in painlessly migrating assets and maintaining storage
infrastructures for media and entertainment content...

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systems such as Diva without requiring
restoration and re-archiving of media.
By "flipping a switch", we eliminate the
need to keep the legacy system under
support during the transition process;
this also eliminates the wear and tear
on LTO/ODA drives that can be caused
by the re-archiving process. Masstech's
ability to import the database and
work with media written by the legacy
system makes the switch a quick, riskfree, and cost-effective process.

hange is inevitable. Just like
everywhere else in life, this is true
inside your facility. While change can
certainly bring about improvements,
there is no doubt that it can also be
particularly hard on the storage of
your historical assets. Changes to your
storage systems, new media formats,
integrated systems or processes may
require that content in long-term
storage be moved, transformed,
enriched or validated. The ability to
automate these processes is critical
to ensuring that your valuable assets
can easily be found, retrieved and used
whenever you need to.

Advancing Ecosystems
Storage technology is constantly
moving forward, and it's vital that
organisations move forward with it.
Whether you are completely changing
your storage infrastructure or just
moving to the next version of your
existing media, Masstech has the tools
to turn a potentially scary situation
into an opportunity to get more value
out of your assets and move forward
into your next generation storage
ecosystem. You can discover more
at www.masstech.com, or at IBC, on
stand 7.C55.

Robotic Archives
Since the introduction of Linear
Tape Open (LTO) technology in
2000, the use of robotic tape
libraries for archival storage has
become widespread in the media
and entertainment industry. These
libraries, along with Optical Disk
Archive (ODA) libraries, offered the
promise of media that would last
for decades, and a roadmap that
would increase the density and costeffectiveness of the libraries and
drives by leaps and bounds. While
both claims have proven to be true,
the frequent releases of LTO and
ODA formats have also motivated
customers to migrate their content to
new media every few years, as they
replaced the drives in their libraries.
More recently, cloud storage has
also become a viable content storage
option for many media organisations.
While almost every company already
has some of their business systems
in the cloud, moving terabytes or
petabytes of assets into the cloud
is a completely new experience.
During this process it is critical to
maintain interoperability with the
customer's production, editing, and
playout systems. Once content has
been moved, cost and operational
considerations will likely dictate a
requirement to manage movement
between multiple storage tiers within
the cloud storage platform. This can all

the database and work
with media written by the
legacy system makes the
switch a quick, risk-free, and
cost-effective process"

"Masstech's ability to import

Fig. 1: 'Storage technology is constantly moving forward'

add up to make the move of archives
to the cloud seem like a daunting task.
Content In Motion
However, there is no reason for
these types of migrations to be scary.
Masstech understands that content
is always in motion in today's media
enterprise, and our solutions are
built to manage the movement of
content between any type of storage,
whether on premise or in the public
cloud.
Customisable
migration
orchestration enables customers to
completely automate the movement
of content from one LTO/ODA version
to another, from an on premise library
to the cloud, or even between different
cloud storage systems. The migration
is optimised to read the content
from the older media as quickly and
efficiently as possible, and it can be
scheduled so that it runs during times
when the system is less-used, thus
minimising the disruption to day-today production operations.
Content migrations are often a
perfect opportunity to transform,

enrich, and validate assets. Media
files that are in an older file format
or wrapper can be converted to the
customer's current file format or a
mezzanine format. Assets that don't
have rich metadata can be passed
through artificial intelligence and
machine learning systems to generate
additional metadata that is then
attached to the asset. Files that have
an existing hash can be validated, and
files that don't already have a hash
can have one generated. Content
that hasn't been recently used can
be transcoded to a lower bitrate
to save storage space and transfer
times, potentially creating major
savings. Masstech's ability to layer in
workflow and transcoding to media
movement enables customers to use
content migrations as an opportunity
to drastically improve the usability of
their archive and its assets.
Even customers who don't have a
Masstech system today are able to take
advantage of these migration tools.
Masstech can switch out the most
popular legacy archive management

Masstech
Masstech
provides
innovative
software solutions and expertise that
media organisations trust to manage
their valuable digital media content
and related information throughout its
lifecycle.
Masstech delivers superior user
experiences, unmatched ROI and
frictionless media asset management
workflows that enable our customers
to maximise their efficiency, monetise
their
content
across
multiple
platforms, create better productions,
enhance their competitive position,
and save time and money.
At-a-Glance Benefits:
*	 Data de-duplication, dead format
identification;
*	 Disaster recovery, redundancy
and business continuity;
*	 Automatic, rules-based
workflows;
*	 Scheduled, out-of-hours
operations;
*	 Simple (migration-free) switch
from legacy systems.


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