If a project’s on hold, or finished but not ready to archive, the last thing you want is for it to take up space on your very fast, expensive SAN. Nearline storage is great for any job that you’re not going to be digging into every day, but aren’t quite ready to archive. Armed with the latest tools from SGI, Marquis, Avid, axle and more, we can build you a tiered storage system that helps you access the projects that you need quickly without losing track of the ones you don’t.
SGI’s Modular Infinite Storage pretty much does what it says on the tin, and is a great backbone for any high capacity storage setup (we reckon you could fit about a petabyte in 12U of rack space). This integrated server and storage system is “designed to provide extreme flexibility with industry-leading density” and its modular architecture means it’s perfect for anyone who thinks they will drastically expand their storage in the near future. Despite offering a great deal, we’ve also found that it’s easy to maintain and manage, so it’s a good bet if you have a limited onsite IT team.
Specifically designed for use with Avid platforms and built from the ground up with large scale media workflows in mind, Avid’s ISIS 2000 not only gives you a set of high-capacity disks to store your assets while keeping your overall footprint down, it also helps you manage your storage. It can be used to store proxies for rough cut editing, as a pre-staging area for assets you’re reusing on upcoming projects and even as a middle ground for when you’re restoring assets from an archive. ISIS 2000 provides a cost effective place to maintain your media before it is moved to either online storage for production or into archive.
Also good for Avid workflows is Marquis’s Project Parking. This allows you to move entire projects – complete with assets, bins, metadata and your existing file structure – into a single package on your nearline storage, meaning it’s easier to find related files if you need to reversion a project later on. There’s even a ‘personal’ version that allows an individual artist to take a project package off your central storage, work on it on their standalone machine and then repackage the new version as an equally complete file, all without having to put the project back on your ISIS. As well as keeping assets together in nearline, we’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking to move projects between sites, or who regularly makes major revisions to projects and wants a way to snapshot the original edit before beginning their changes.
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