A new paradigm for big media and post-production workflows in a high resolution world
Ever tried standing on your head to give you a new perspective on a problem? It sounds a bit silly but you never know, it might just do the trick. This unorthodox method seems like what a few media & entertainment storage architects have begun doing to help solve their problem of exploding storage due to higher resolution, stereo imagery, and frame rates (4K, 5K, 8K, 3D, 48 fps, 60fps). Architects are turning their workflow on its head starting with the last step, first..
Archiving has historically been the last step in the workflow process. Often, because of the technology used, it has been the place where data goes to die a slow but numb death. We as humans have a tendency to like linear processes that mimic other natural processes we are familiar with. So data, nearing its end of life, moving linearly forward, eventually ending in the slower paced “Sunny Acres” of storage, otherwise known as tape, makes a lot of sense to us.
But some smart, out of the box, thinkers have changed that perspective by putting archive in the beginning, middle and end of their workflows. This paradigm shift of “archive first” relieves tier-one storage, increases collaboration, and reduces storage complexity and cost, all while shortening time-to-market. The key to this approach is that your archive has to be an “active archive”, that is, it has to be both low cost and high performance to keep your workflow moving. It also requires some very cool software that can move data effortlessly and quick in and out of your archive keeping up with the demands of your users.
Best of luck implementing this new take on data archiving! And try not to stay on our head too long getting the proper perspective.
Also featured on the Active Archive Alliance Blog.