I’m resting up for next week. Plenty of water, exercise, and 8 hours of sleep a night. If I don’t, my brain won’t be ready to process the wealth of important conversations that start Tuesday, April 5—it’s time for Bio-IT World 2016.
Today, researchers across scientific disciplines are benefiting from technology innovations in both software and hardware. Think: High performance computing and compute acceleration technologies like GPU. Unmanned drones and robots that enable scientists to go places humans cannot go—in space, on land, and at sea. Ultra high-definition 4K and 8K video formats. Advanced sensors that collect infrared, ultraviolet, microwave, and radar data. And analytics that make it easier to make sense out of all this data.
Bioinformaticians are in demand today. With advances in biotech, next-generation sequencing, and software analytics, there is tremendous opportunity for bioinformaticians who have combined expertise in biology, statistics, and computational analysis.
I don’t mind admitting that I don’t have deep expertise in genomics. But I do have a passion for learning—and in fact, I’d wager that any successful career in genomics demands a similar passion for keeping up with cutting-edge advancements in the field. Genomics industry events give Quantum an opportunity to connect with both the researchers moving the field forward and the people responsible for making sure the underlying technology is ready to support innovation. That’s why we’re excited Frontline Genomics has launched a relatively new series of events called the Festival of Genomics.
As the promise of genomics starts to pay off in the form of better care and innovative treatment, how will the underlying compute infrastructure that powers bioinformatics—the analysis and interpretation of genomics data—change?
Branded video content is all the rage– and for good reason. Already accounting for over half of consumer internet traffic, video will be over 80% of the internet as we know it by 2019. Study after study has confirmed that video is undoubtedly the most powerful medium to connect with customers, employees, and investors (a.k.a. everyone who’s anyone to a business). What’s more, as the Association of National Advertisers report on the rise of the in-house agency observed, companies are increasingly bringing creative work, including video production, in-house. Some of the most progressive brands, like Red Bull and Marriott, run full-blown corporate studios. This trend is expected to continue, as marketing leaders cite several factors for the shift; most notably, speed of project turnaround and a desire to own engagement and conversion data surrounding branded video content. So, in essence: content is king, video content is everything, and leading brands who get this are taking video content management inside.
The Content and Communications World show at NY’s Jacob Javitts convention center next week has grown since the early days when SATCON was held at the Hilton. The event now boasts of 7000 attendees and the number of exhibitors have tripled to 300 in the past 10 years.
The demands of media delivery have evolved drastically over recent years, with more and more organizations producing often large volumes of video content for a range of uses. As that media landscape evolves, so too must the enabling tools, such as the MAM systems. Naturally with increasing numbers of media files being created, effective storage solutions are becoming increasingly important. Quantum StorNext provides great flexibility and performance for media workflows. By integrating Cantemo Portal with StorNext, our users can automate migration of content based on policies to more cost-effective long-term storage within Quantum.
The challenge with data in life sciences today? Managing the sheer volume of it. The first genome took 15 years and 4 billion dollars to sequence. Today’s next-gen sequencers can sequence in days for less than $1,000. More genomes are being sequenced, which means more data is being analyzed—and it all has to be stored somewhere. In fact, Public Library of Science (PLOS) estimates that genomic data could soon surpass YouTube as the biggest generator of data. It’s clear that life sciences teams have their work cut out for them. However, the storage challenge goes beyond managing a flood of data. Teams of scientists often need to work on the same data at the same time, even if collaborators are in a lab half a world away. When these researchers access large genome data sets or high-res medical images, they need fast access. And research takes time—some research studies can last for decades. Data generated during the beginning of the study needs to remain accessible over the lifespan of the entire project. To scientists, it not just data. It’s their life’s work. It’s work that is building a better future.
Whether it’s adding search and edit capabilities for captions and subtitles, enhancing chat and messaging modules, or publishing directly to Facebook and Twitter, Quantum partner Dalet is continuously working to streamline the content creation process with their media asset management (MAM) solutions. Quantum StorNext is tightly integrated with Dalet MAM solutions to further streamline workflows by seamlessly and automatically moving assets between disk, tape, object storage and cloud resources. Today, we’re sharing what’s new with Dalet and what they’ll be showing at IBC.
Almost daily there is a story about the demand for body worn video devices to be used by law enforcement agencies across the globe. There is also a lot of discussion about the Federal funding available to US police departments for this new camera technology – in May this year the Justice Department announced $20 million in grants, towards the $75 million the Obama administration requested over three years. What this funding doesn’t cover - and the biggest challenge faced by agencies in implementation - is how to build out a storage infrastructure to manage and protect the vast amount of data these devices produce. This challenge is compounded by new devices that support higher resolutions and are used by increasing numbers of officers per department. There is a solution, which if implemented can help departments across the globe speed up the adoption of this technology and valuable tool. Quantum's Wayne Arvidson, Vice President of Surveillance Solutions, recently sat down with Tom Temin on his “Federal Drive” program for Federal News Radio to discuss how to solve the challenges of body worn devices.
Video editing has always placed higher demands on storage than any other file-based applications, and with today’s higher resolution formats, streaming video content demands even more performance from storage systems, with 4K raw requiring 1210 MB/sec per stream—7.3 times more throughput than raw HD. In the early days of non-linear editing, this level of performance could only be achieved with direct attached storage (DAS). As technology progressed, we were able to add shared collaboration even with many HD streams. Unfortunately, with the extreme demands of 4K and beyond, many workflows are resorting to DAS again, despite its drawbacks. With DAS, sharing large media files between editors and moving the content through the workflow means copying the files across the network or on reusable media such as individual USB and Thunderbolt-attached hard drives. That’s not only expensive because it duplicates the storage capacity required; it also diminishes user productivity and can break version control protocols. In this blog, we'll look the key differences between major storage technologies and well as general usage recommendations.
Media content consists of both essence (the content itself) and its associated metadata. Everybody acknowledges that the metadata is important to classifying and locating content, so media companies tend to put a lot of thought into collecting and managing metadata — what type of information will be collected, where it will be entered and how often, etc. The idea is to ensure consistent, thorough metadata collection so that users can find and remonetize specific pieces of content. Metadata-gathering is a critical part of the metadata management process, to be sure, but it’s only half the process. What people tend to ignore is the other piece of metadata management — ensuring that the metadata is secure and archived. Why do they ignore it? Because media companies tend to focus so much on securing the actual content that they put little if any thought into securing the associated metadata, which is often stored in another database separate from the content itself. Let's look at best practices for protecting your metadata is to ensure that, while you’re backing up your content, you’re also backing up and archiving your metadata database.