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Shared Storage For Creative Teams – Purchase, Install, Support
With dozens of storage choices in the market today, It’s really easy to get lost in all the various technical details when selecting video production storage. SAN or NAS, erasure coding or Raid- Volume or file locking? Your production storage needs have changed- one size no longer fits all. 10 Gigabit and greater Ethernet, Fibre Channel, are connectivity questions that will shape the speed and bandwidth of your shared storage network. Key Code Media can help guide you and differentiate between the multitude of choice – What is all this storage terminology, how it will affect your video production. We want to not only provide you with the best solution but ensure you understand it’s nuances as well.
We’ll help guide you to the most efficient and scalable solution for all of your assets, including NVME, SSD, Spinning Disks, object on prem S3 and Other cloud options- As well Deep Cloud storage, and LTO for archive needs.
Not to mention Data switching solutions to meet the needs of today, as well as tomorrow.
Our install team deploys petabytes of storage for creative teams each month, dealing with complex challenges, such as online 4K/8K editorial, nearline, and cloud solutions.
Shared Storage Solutions at Key Code Media:
- Dailies / Near Set Storage & Archive
- First and Second Tier SAN/NAS Storage
- Object-Oriented Storage
- LTO LTFS Archive
- Cloud Storage, Automation and Archive Workflow
Our rapid-response engineer team is ready to help with your shared storage needs.
Have you thought about…?
How much storage space do I need?
With RAID protection and overhead for performance, how much space do you need for your fast storage, your backup storage, and your archive?
How fast does my storage need to be?
Do you need solid state drives (SSDs), or spinning disk? Are you connecting via 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 8 Gigabit fibre, or higher?
What’s my backup and archival strategy?
Where do I put dated content? Spinning disk, LTO tape, or in the cloud? How do I track the various copies?
Is my storage future proofed?
Can I easily expand my storage?
How do I administer the storage?
Does your storage require a full-time administrator, or can it be managed by in-house resources?
Is the storage tuned for my applications?
Some applications retrieve media from one storage solution over another. Some storage solutions provide NLE project sharing as well.
“Storage is one of the most misunderstood technologies out there, and I find the more education a client has, the better informed decisions they make.”
What is Tiered Storage?
Tiered storage is the assignment of different categories of data to various types of storage pools. Tiers are determined by performance and cost of the media, and data is ranked by how often it is accessed. Broadly speaking:
Tier 0: Internal storage inside your computer (flash storage, SSD, or RAID) or directly connected to your computer (Direct Attached Storage: DAS).
Tier 1: A SAN, and sometimes a NAS. Faster drives, with a compromise on storage space.
Tier 2: A NAS, sometimes a SAN. Slower speeds, but greater capacity.
Tier 3: LTO tape or cloud-based solutions. Restore speed is sacrificed for capacity, and a physical barrier is added for loss prevention.
Tier 4 & 5: Larger deployments may further add additional tiers for redundancy and security
What’s the difference between a SAN and a NAS?
Both a SAN and a NAS are capable of delivering data to multiple workstations. But there are some fundamental differences.
A SAN gives block level access to the user. This is not only the fastest way to access media, but also the most consistent method (aka “sustained throughput”). SAN systems often have specialized software that sits on each client to connect to the SAN. SANs are usually slightly more expensive than a NAS, due to the high performance. Speed is more important than capacity.
A NAS grants file level access to each user. This makes usage very simple, however, you must use the built-in protocols of each OS (SMB, CIF, NFS, etc.) These generic protocols may not always retain permissions and file attributes. NAS solutions are generally less expensive than SANs. Capacity is more important than speed.
Why is LTO tape so important?
LTO tape creates a physical copy of your media, removed from volatile spinning disk. LTO tape can be handled and put on a shelf without worry of it “not spinning up again”. It’s more tolerant of temperature and humidity variances. It also can be easily transported offsite. Best of all, the price per TB is much lower than flash memory or spinning disk. LTO is also now as fast as many spinning disks. If you’re looking for mass capacity, then LTO is a great choice.
What’s about Cloud Storage?
Cloud Storage provides tiers of fast active or slow archive storage. There are also storage filesystems that can be overlayed which mirror how facility storage works and responds- but in the cloud. There are all sorts of considerations that must be taken into account when choosing cloud storage for you next video production project.
Do you need file syncronization between the cloud, the facility, and editors at home? Do you need data transfer to be fast (and expensive), or slow (and less expensive)? Do you need to compliment cloud storage with virtual workstations, encoding, transcoding, media management, and a file system? There is a lot to consider. We’re here to help your organization create a winning long-term strategy.
Our rapid-response engineer team is ready to help.