Broadcast Beat Magazine 2017 IBC Show - Page 67

vast majority of your asset library to a more rea- sonable cost curve. Proprietary hardware, back- up, web serving, content delivery and operational costs are all reduced. Said another way, CAPEX and OPEX are reduced while consolidating many complex technologies onto a platform that scales to petabytes and that can encompass various locations. Historically, the challenge has been the need to develop to a proprietary API or modify existing workflows and applications. But, there have been significant advancements in support- ing standard protocols like CIFS/SMB and NFS. Almost all major software vendors in the M&E space now support the S3 API. This means that you can now leverage object storage, the same technology that enables the largest clouds, secure in your data center, and often with no changes to your existing workflows or processes. That said, not all object stores are created equal. There are a few solutions still based on file sys- tems and therefore inherit those file system limi- tations. In your evaluation, you should look for the following characteristics that are indicators of a truly efficient object storage platform: Both NAS and tape will always have a place in the M&E data center. NAS or file-system-based tech- nologies designed for I/O are necessary when many people are collaborating on large files on a local area network (LAN). Here, performance and file locking are critical. And, there will always be a place for low-cost tertiary backups on tape in a comprehensive preservation strategy that includes disaster recovery (DR). That said, the majority of digital assets in the near future will be stored on object storage. Recent advancements in object storage and in editing platforms, asset management and other existing applications and workflows are enabling you, the M&E IT profes- sional, to take advantage of the many efficiencies inherent in object storage. In other words, you can now move your digital machines (aka, your internal processes) around your digital factory to take full advantage of object storage. This leads to the question of why object storage is so different. Object storage actually combines storage, web serving, and data protection in a nice, neat software-based package. Object stor- age runs on commodity hardware, moving the 1. Hard drive space and every bay in your server chassis should be used for your con- tent. Solutions that need significant por- tions of hard drive for software or a cer- tain number of drive bays for databases will ultimately be difficult to manage at scale, costing you up to 20–30% in server and hard drive capacity for the vendor’s software. 2. The ability to add capacity and resources by booting servers from bare metal should also be one of your considerations. Think of how rapidly your assets are growing at 4K. Then, imagine when 8K hits a few years down the road, requiring 3 times the storage for the same length of clip. If you have to hassle with OS installs and patches to add more capacity and performance, you will be burning precious staff hours and incurring more operational costs. 3. Look for the ability to Write/Read/Edit files via HTTP, S3 or NFS interchangeably, and ask your ve F"F&fRBVFW&ǖpF2&WV&VVB2vW&RFR7GVfPW76R6G2FW&R&R6WF2FP&WBFB7&VFR52WBFW"7F"Ф'&F67B&VBvR( "wwr'&F67F&VB6( "cp