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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

IBC 2015 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 9/24/15 2:18 PM


IBC 2015:  What an amazing show for Facilis! We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth. We also have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

If you couldn't attend IBC 2015 in Amsterdam this year don't worry, we have all of the exciting Facilis news here for you!

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, Facilis (booth # 7.C10) announced new offerings for both high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with an all-new digital asset tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Learn more about these products here.  

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 4K, 4K DPX, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, TerraBlock 8D, TerraBlock HA (Hybrid Array), FastTracker, New Products, TerraBlock, SSD

Can high-end post tools empower the small facility?

Posted by James McKenna on 6/23/15 3:29 PM

 

In the UK, March saw the publication of Broadcast magazine’s Indie Survey 2015 and this annual overview of our industry provided some fascinating reading. It represents an important overview of the global Indie sector, which the report’s authors value at a whopping US$ 3.5 billion.

Amongst a plethora of facts & figures is a trend indicating the rise of a new breed of tech savvy facilities that are using technology to empower their staff and return some stunning trading results. Whilst the #1 position on the survey list is firmly owned by IMG (WME) which employs 347 full-time UK staff, the next two positions are filled by Carnival Film & Television and Thames who each employ just 22 staff. And these two facilities are at the cutting edge, producing blockbuster series such as Downton Abbey and The X Factor respectively.

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Topics: Fibre Channel, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Partner Integration, TerraBlock 8D, FastTracker

NAB 2015 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 5/8/15 4:32 PM


NAB 2015:  What an amazing show for Facilis! We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth. We also have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

If you couldn't attend NAB 2015 don't worry, we have all of the exciting Facilis news here for you!

At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, NV, Facilis (booth # SL8811) announced new offerings for both high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with an all-new digital asset tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Learn more about these products here.  

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 4K, 4K DPX, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, TerraBlock 8D, TerraBlock HA (Hybrid Array), FastTracker, New Products, TerraBlock

Who Turned Out The Lights? - Disaster Recovery Strategies

Posted by James McKenna on 10/22/14 11:00 AM

 

The post 9/11 years in New York were a breeding ground for DR solutions that few were even imagining in the years prior. There was a time when the worst case scenario was losing a drive in a RAID0, or two in a mirror. After 9/11 there were greater things to worry about, as we were reminded in August 2003 when the lights went out in NYC. We considered what would happen to the shows that we're delivering. Would we be able to continue production on those in the near future if the power didn't return? What if this was an attack, and we were vulnerable to this happening again? Luckily that event was not terrorist-related, and power was back in a couple days.

But the seeds were sown - I started to get requests for off-site storage, and started developing new multi-dup policies of all masters (all tape-based back then of course) and keeping them in a secure location outside the city. Once footage was digitized, standalone spinning disks, DVD-R and new LTO technology became a hot commodity.

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Topics: SAN, Workflow, Partner Integration, Partner Collaboration, Archive

IBC 2014 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 9/30/14 4:00 AM



IBC 2014:  What a show! With attendance of over 55,000 people, it's fair to say this show was a big one! We had a lot of exciting news to share and showcase this year and we thank everyone who stopped by our booth!

If you couldn't attend IBC 2014 don't worry, we have all of the exciting news here for you!

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At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2014 in Amsterdam, we showcased TerraBlock shared storage qualifications for popular production, ingest, asset management and archiving tools that are designed to simplify post production and content creation workflows. We also previewed new features to be incorporated into future versions of TerraBlock and highlighted the latest in worldwide customer deployments.

Watch Jim McKenna's interview with TV-BAY from the floor at IBC 2014:

 

 

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Topics: Fibre Channel, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, Partner Integration, Case Study, Partner Collaboration

Change Technology, Not People - Catering to The Unique Workflow

Posted by James McKenna on 8/20/14 11:32 AM

Many post coordinators live by the credo, "If it's not broken, don't fix it".The problem is, there are various levels of broken. Think of a road with a pothole. Patching it with sand will solve the problem temporarily, maybe enough to announce that the road is no longer broken. Filling it with asphalt patch will do a better job, but eventually that will crumble with wear. In the long run, the best bet is just to drive around it.

Workflows built around deficiencies in networks are like driving around the pothole. You may have tried to patch it a couple times, but in the end you just build enough avoidance into the process that it doesn't affect you. After several years, we find ourselves in the middle of a workflow that makes little sense to anyone that wasn't around since the beginning.

How to tell if you have an "Avoidance Workflow":

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Topics: SAN, Workflow

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

From "Why Not?" to "How" - What Every Facility IT Professional Should be Asking About Their SAN Network!

Posted by James McKenna on 7/18/14 2:44 PM

There’s a new commercial campaign for FIOS in which a little kid walks around trying to do things that his set-top box simply can’t do - pause in one room and resume in another; record every show; watch on a mobile device. His father keeps telling him it doesn’t work that way, to which the kid says “Why?” That’s the way facility IT should look at shared storage networks. Before rolling out your typical answer when asked to bypass the house switch infrastructure, or run 10Gb to every desktop, or even deploying shared fibre channel block-level storage, don’t be afraid to ask yourself “Why not?”

Necessity is the mother of invention, but stagnation is the mother of innovation. Create your own workflow, and your own model of efficiency, without the immobility of status quo IT infrastructures. We know the understanding that IT managers often have with the GM is “We’ll make it work, just follow our rules”. Be one of those breakout stars of the video IT convergence that understand innovation is occurring at a much faster rate in the content creation world, and traditional IT will never keep up. Rules are made to be broken.

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 2K DPX, Future Proofing, Workflow