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Looking back on NAB 2016 – How might this year’s trends affect your business?

Posted by James McKenna on 5/23/16 12:04 PM

As we say goodbye to another NAB Show, it’s always interesting to reflect on the questions we heard most often from customers and prospects on the show floor.  Not surprisingly, the amount of 4K+ resolutions coming in the door has grown significantly from last year for many facilities. Some facilities that have been happy to ignore 4K until now found themselves reluctantly re-evaluating workflows as 4K or UHD has become part of their growing list of deliverables. HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HFR (high frame rate) and VR were central themes.  As you can imagine, all of these questions boil down to a question of bandwidth and connectivity.  How much will I need? What might it cost me?  Can I use the storage system I already have?

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Topics: 4K, Events, TerraBlock HA (Hybrid Array), HD, SSD, 8K, UHDTV, 10K, HDR, HFR, SSD8, VR, Virtual Reality, Hybrid24

Post Production Data Management – The Fast, the Cheap and the Good.

Posted by James McKenna on 10/30/15 9:30 AM

How to Find the Right Balance between Archive, Backup, Nearline, and Online

Data expands to fill the storage space available. Well, data isn’t really expanding; rather this is a corollary to Parkinson’s Law – “Work expands so as to fill the time (or space) available for its completion”. In short, it may seem like your storage system will never be big enough. As capacity requirements continue to increase due to high-resolution camera and delivery formats, facilities frequently find themselves battling to free up space on their shared storage systems. Gone are the days when you could simply lay back the show master to Digibeta and throw it in a vault. In 2015 everything is file-based, and there’s a wanton desire to keep everything involved in a project including camera originals, editorial proxies, CGI, scripts, logs, you name it!

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Topics: 4K, NAS, Workflow, TerraBlock, HD, SSD, 8K, 6K, Nearline, Tier 1, backup, SyncBlock, Raid5, Cloud, Tier 2, Tape, Disk, Raid6, Tier 3, LTO, Linear Tape-Open