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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

Here’s a Secret - It’s Not About the Hardware

Posted by James McKenna on 7/31/14 10:11 AM

It’s amazing how much storage you can get for so little these days. As of this writing, a 4TB internal hard drive retails for about $250. So, right now you can buy 100TB raw storage for under $7,000. Pick out a nice drive enclosure with RAID controllers and external connectivity like fibre channel or SAS and voila, you have direct attached storage (DAS).

Now, for your next trick, make that into a SAN.

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Topics: SAN, DAS, NAS, Workflow