Broadcast Beat Magazine 2018 NAB Show Edition - Page 79

before committing to any tech- nology. What makes a good storage system? High-performance storage is easy when you’re attaching it to a single workstation. When it’s attached to 10 or 20, that same performance doesn’t hold up. With network storage (NAS), administrators trying to increase performance often end up just moving the bottleneck downstream. The bottleneck migrates to the backbone or the network switch, the proto- col, the buffers, the frame size, version of TCP-IP or the net- work file system. Not All Network Storage is Created Equal By James McKenna, VP Sales and Marketing, Facilis Technology Shared storage has come a long way since its infancy. Early SCSI and Fibre Channel systems were cumbersome and had a lot of limitations. As technol- ogy evolved, the long range of optical Fibre Channel helped to make it the defacto standard in shared environemnts, but Ethernet was emerging. The RJ45 connectors and twisted- pair cabling was less expen- sive, and had enough capa- bility to satisfy some basic workflows. Soon facilities had a choice between traditional Fibre Channel-based systems and NAS (Network Attached Storage) Ethernet-based sys- tems. As NAS got faster and cheaper, Fibre Channel started to wane in popularity. in NAS systems. However, many are true to their initial design as common connectivity for business machines, and possess critical flaws and shortcomings in the content creation space. Now, broadcasters and facilities are looking for next generation storage architecture. There are some key factors to consider When you start considering the process of getting data to the desktop and how you could make that faster, the tweak points are endless. Many a NAS system has been “repurposed” to backup duty soon after being built because the latencies and inefficiencies just couldn’t be tweaked away. Performance is systemic. The The decline of Fibre Channel wasn’t a fundamental flaw or a suitability problem; it was IT convergence. The last decade has seen considerable progress Broadcast Beat Magazine • • 79