Last week the Active Archive Alliance announced the availability of a report titled “Active Archive and the State of the Industry”. The report is primarily an educational piece, explaining the data growth challenge IT organizations are facing today, and then defining archive characteristics, showing how active archives are implemented and illustrating the resulting benefits.
I recently had the pleasure of participating in the launch of Quantum’s new cloud-related services and products – Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. I participated by joining some panel discussions with Quantum’s Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, and Bassam Tabbara, Executive Director, Cloud Services. One of the over-riding themes in our panel discussion was the idea of putting data where it makes the most sense from a cost and performance perspective. If this sounds a lot like the good --well, not really – old days of hierarchical storage management (HSM), that’s because the basic concept is the same. One of the differences today is that we now have the cloud as another tier in the storage hierarchy.
As ubiquitous as the cloud is today, it has taken time to get there. Even in enterprise IT, you wouldn’t characterize the adoption of cloud services as universal and all-encompassing. Functions that seem obvious and mundane like cloud-based IT storage backup and cloud-based virtualized software development went through periods of careful ROI analysis. So it is with cloud for media and entertainment. If you feel like you’re behind the curve in leveraging cloud in your M&E operations, you’re not alone and it comes down to two factors: ecosystem and workflow.
Businesses of all size are increasingly starting deployments of cloud-based data, driven by the promises of greater agility, lower management cost and capital savings. It just makes sense. When both compute and data move together – in lockstep – to the cloud, the issues to be considered are very similar to deploying or migrating an onsite application. But when the major compute operations are staying onsite and only the data is moving offsite (such as for backup, disaster recovery or compliance archive), the deployment can be more complex. In this scenario, operational executives must consider five key issues to ensure a successful experience – including meeting customer service level agreements (SLAs) and staying within budget. Based on the use case you are planning, you must consider these 5 issues.
If you have an aging Apple Xsan environment or need a robust asset management environment that Cantemo Portal can deliver, you can’t miss this opportunity to chat informally with folks from all three companies over a beer. Come to the Goose Island Brewery in Chicago or the Cambridge Brewing Company in Boston to hear more about how 1303 Systems, Cantemo and Quantum can help improve collaborative media workflows and extend the value of your content.
The enterprise has been at the center of IT innovation for many decades. With an emphasis on reliability, business continuity, security and ROI, the enterprise has challenged software and hardware vendors to continuously innovate to meet such high demands. Today, we are announcing three more cloud offerings: Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. We believe that the industry is witnessing a transformational shift in enterprise IT, and we are excited to enable customers to easily and seamlessly add cloud storage to their existing storage and collaboration workflows.