Non-Proprietary Storage Workflows for Media Asset Management

Today’s Media and Entertainment workflows can depend on multiple storage types and their associated protocols.  Assets might be delivered via an AWS S3 bucket, Dropbox share, Azure Blob container, proprietary file acceleration vendor, FTP, SFTP, or a host of other new technologies.  Once delivered an asset needs to navigate Hot, Nearline, and Archival storages while being edited, conformed, transcoded, shared, distributed and broadcasted.

While some software vendors have updates allowing access to some of the cloud based storage protocols, other applications remain stuck exclusively on only internal NFS or CIFS access.  When this happens many workflows are downgraded to the lowest common denominator (CIFS/NFS) preventing the use of more cost effective, durable or highly available scale-out storage systems.  Alternatively, a CIFS/NFS gateway might be considered to “convert” protocols.  However, almost all gateways proprietize data and compromise the cost savings of scale-out storage.

The Enterprise File Fabric speaks multiple protocols/APIs, indexes data in-place and can eliminate workflow headaches without proprietizing the data.

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Using Ansible with On-premises S3 Object Storage

At Storage Made Easy we work/partner with many Object Storage vendors.

When a project required data automation and the use of an on-premises object storage buckets, I turned to Ansible and our storage partners.  However, I found that the aws_s3 module for Ansible wasn’t as friendly and well documented when working with S3 object storage that isn’t either AWS or Ceph.

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How to discover PII Data on any local or remote Storage

A number of compliance standards hinge on identifying and protecting Personal Information.  This Personal Information can take many forms including Personal Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and Sensitive Personal Information (SPI).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the newest compliance standard sweeping the industry.  However existing compliance standards such as HIPPA , GLBA and FERPA all require strict controls of personal data. Fines for violating compliance skyrocket with GDPR, so how should Enterprises find and classify existing PII data?

Introducing the PII Scanning and Detection engine for the Enterprise File Fabric…

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