Every day more and more video is being produced—newsreels documenting historic events, epic series we binge watch, marvelous movies, documentaries and mocumentaries, DIY and product demos/promotion. There is an endless amount of video content that can be viewed with just a quick click.
A look back at Brews & Bytes (B&B) webcasts on broader topics around storage, technology and the world in which we live
This week, we continue taking a look back at our year of Brews & Bytes (B&B) webcasts with a dive into the broader topics that address storage and technology. While most of these involved bringing in experts from partner companies, we also had a couple of episodes that featured our team in casual discussions.
Over the years, technology has been a major force in evolving our world. As each major technological advancement happens (e.g., cars, elevators, movies, TV, the Internet, the smart phone, etc.), we see society change to adopt technology. Whether this is increasing mobility, building up instead of out, or increased transmission of information, humans quickly adopt new technologies and use them to their advantage.
There are times when you want to store data and performance is a non-issue. You need to keep the data (e.g., to meet regulatory requirements or “just in case”), but you don’t need to retrieve it on a regular basis or rapidly. And then, there are times when you need to store data and then locate it and retrieve it quickly. And, of course, you want to make absolutely certain that your data is securely preserved.
By Megan Cater, Senior Manager of Digital Content at Signiant Increasingly over the past few years, IT managers in the M&E sector have had to juggle a far more complex storage landscape, mostly due to the massive surge in data witnessed in the industry. Trends — like the continued increase in frame and resolution rates, the rapid adoption of virtual/augmented reality, and the massive amounts of raw footage capture required for reality-based programming, sports events and feature films — are generating much larger files. And newer storage technologies have emerged to handle them. Not only do IT managers have to keep up with evolving storage technologies, they have to understand how each will interact with their entire software stack and if they will support both short and long-term business goals. The result often includes an array of tiered storage types that, for many companies, are distributed across multiple on-premises locations as well as across different cloud providers and regions. Often the larger the company (or for companies that have been through mergers and acquisitions) the more complex the situation. In those cases, IT managers can face storage and software incompatibilities along with different legacy, active and new storage solutions from...
The broadcast industry has found itself in a new landscape, where all content is desirable on all platforms, and at all times. This means that not only are broadcasters finding themselves with thousands of hours of content but thousands of hours of content that needs to be available at any given time. Storage for content needs to be functional so that it is capable of storing content that can be easily ingested, logged, distributed and archived.
Written by IABM CTO Stan Moote This article originally appeared in the IBC 2016 Daily Storage for video production used to be simple - you picked the video camera you could afford, and the camera choice often dictated the videotape format you would use. Perhaps this seemed simple however tape operations are definitely time-consuming, expensive and inflexible. [bctt tweet="Storage for video production used to be simple - you picked the video camera you could afford, and the camera choice often dictated the videotape format you would use - Has Storage got too Complex? - Stan moote, IABM"] Adding scale There are many reasons for file-based workflows to have completely taken over media creation and distribution, but the nature of linear videotapes as a storage medium isn’t usually thought of as the primary one. The issue was scale: you could only produce as much as you had edit bays and dedicated VTRs available to you, and adding or upgrading a bay was a time- and capital-intensive proposition. The first file-based workflows emulated the existing VTR model, with dedicated islands of storage purchased in “number of hours of SD or HD”. Subsequent generations of pure file-based systems realized that network-attached storage could...