Storage & Archive

Max Post / Original Production’s show
Deadliest Catch has over 30,000+ hours of footage each season – and Key Code Media engineered a way to store, search, and retrieve every minute of it.

Key Code Media storage solutions – many tools to fit your production.

With dozens of storage choices, it becomes easy to get lost in all the various technical details when selecting video production storage. Specific choices like SAN or NAS, volume locking or file locking, and RAID types will likely shape the way your video production operates. Determining protocols, such as Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre, and iSCSI 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…and to understand storage terminology, and how it will affect a video production. We want to not only provide you with the technology 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 high throughput spinning disk, Tier II, and LTO tape libraries, cloud solutions, and deep archive.  

    Solutions Include:

    • Dailies Storage & Archive
    • SAN/NAS Storage & Archive
    • Second-Tier Storage
    • Object Oriented Storage
    • Big Data Storage
    • LTO LTFS Archive
    • Optical Disc Archive
    • Cloud Storage & Archive Workflow

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      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.”

      Jeff Sengpiehl

      Sr. Solution Architect, Key Code Media

      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.

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