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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Sports Broadcasting: Arsenal F.C. and the Enterprise File Fabric for Media Solution – Case Study

The Enterprise File Fabric for Media is a specialised version of the File Fabric distinctively aimed at companies who deal with large media assets. It enables companies to securely collaborate with large files, wherever they are stored, in a non proprietary fashion, in addition to being able to move files at high speed.

Arsenal F.C., a globally renowned Premier League Football Club, faced several key challenges relating to their digital media assets portfolio:  

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Migrating Command Line Media Workflows and Scripted FTP to M-Stream accelerated File Transfer

Scripted FTPA lot of prospects and customers who take a look at the File Fabric for Media are either using Scripted FTP or they have existing IP in their command line media workflows (scripted FTP generally refers to FTP that has custom scripts written to enable automation.).

The great things about the M-Stream file transfer acceleration feature of the Enterprise File Fabric is that not only can it be used transparently through the browser and the desktop, as it has a very rich HTTPS API then it can easily be integrated into existing command line workflows.

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Accelerating Media Assets Transfer for OpenStack Swift and S3 compatible Object Storage

During the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, James Norman, Engineering Manager at SME, presented a live demo on:

How to transfer assets between storage tiers quickly and efficiently?

How to archive data onto Object as part of our existing workflows?

How to distribute content stored on Object Storage securely? 

The official videos from the event have not been posted yet but you can catch a video from James presenting this below:

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