Ethernet provides a cost-effective shared storage solution for small-to-midsize media production studios. Though 10GbE continues to play an important role in 4K workflows, new formats such as 8K require additional bandwidth.
New 8K and 4K video formats being adopted by the film/television industry for production come with new requirements to support those workflows. The move to new formats, along with the proliferation of CGI and special effects in everything from TV shows to movies, is driving a need for an infrastructure capable of supporting multiple Ultra High-definition video streams.
Direct-attached storage can provide a cost-effective, high performance solution for post-production environments. Demanding applications such as Ultra High-definition workflows can stress the capabilities of an adapter used to transfer data in and out of storage, however.
With portable 6K and 8K digital cinema cameras now becoming available from companies like RED, field production can generate staggering amounts of data—all of which needs to be catalogued and archived on-site before being transferred to the studio for editing and finishing. But the mobile computers used for this purpose have traditionally provided limited performance, along with connectivity options that fail to meet the bandwidth needs of the Ultra High Definition formats now in use by media professionals.
IT managers now have the ability to centrally locate storage and improve overall performance by adding a simple SAN solution that is easy to install, easy to manage and easy to support. Get better return on investment and increase the lifespan of existing storage by using an ATTO XstreamCORE FC 7500 intelligent bridge, now capable of adding Fibre Channel connectivity to direct-attached SAS RAID arrays.
Virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming the foundation of modern data centers as IT managers seek dramatic improvements in resource and operational efficiencies as well as responsiveness to business needs. Three key technologies are significant: (i) Server Virtualization, (ii) Fabric Virtualization and (iii) Storage Virtualization.
Digital Asset Management (DAM) is an integral part of operations for the media industry to provide better protection of assets and help meet deadlines. It is a tool that can be used to turn content into revenue by organizing the creation, distribution and archiving of rich media assets.
Enterprises today are under pressure to do more with less IT resources. While storage capacity requirements may double every 18 months on average, storage budgets remain relatively flat.
A Stretch Cluster is a computing cluster configured with host systems located at multiple sites. These may be on different floors of a data center, different buildings on a campus or at multiple metropolitan sites located hundreds of kilometers apart.