This is Pt. 3 of Janet LaFleur’s 3 part blog series.

You can find Pt. 1 here and Pt. 2 here.

Collaboration & Archive Head to the Cloud

The pressure is real.

It’s hard enough to remain efficient in an industry where higher resolutions, new camera formats and a growing range of delivery options are emerging faster than ever before. Add in the complexity of sharing content across distributed teams and archiving content securely, and many traditional workflows fail to stay efficient, at a time when efficiency matters most. Tight project timelines aren’t getting any longer just because your workflow can’t keep up.

It’s time for the cloud. The cloud can release this pressure by expanding the workflow beyond the four walls of your facility. Cloud-based workflows can enable dispersed teams to collaborate in real-time for quicker turn-around, can help facilities scale up or down to meet the changing demand levels, and can simplify off-site archiving. And with the cloud, you can purchase only the capacity you need, only as you need it.

The cloud can remove the complexity of making and transmitting duplicate copies between remote teams, but will it integrate into your workflow or disrupt it? Production team members generally access content through workflow tools like asset management and edit suites, not a file browser. Without integration, that means extra steps for your users. At the same time, workflow functions like transcoding, rendering, publishing, billing are often managed through workflow automation. If these workflow tools aren’t integrated with the cloud storage service you’ll likely need to rework your workflow, and possibly retrain your users.

The cloud can add off-site security and flexibility through pay-as-you-go archiving. When a project is complete or online storage is needed for a new project, content can be moved to the cloud. Because cloud-based content is stored off-site, cloud workflows make it easy to secure content from disaster without the hassles of writing to tape and trucking it away, or setting up complicated and expensive mirror sites. But once again, if the cloud service isn’t fully integrated to keep your assets available for monetization or reuse, you risk disrupting your workflow.

With StorNext 5 cloud integration comes naturally. For cloud-based collaboration, the entire StorNext technology partner ecosystem is available for cloud users, so you can move your StorNext workflow to the cloud without disruption. For added scalability, flexibility and security, we recommend that StorNext cloud workflows be built with Quantum Lattus object storage, which offers greater self-healing and self-protection capabilities than traditional RAID and can scale to the petabyte level.

For cloud-based archive, turn to Q-Cloud Archive. Unlike other cloud services that require complex setup, third party gateways, and unfamiliar software, Q-cloud archive works seamlessly with your existing StorNext 5 workflow, bringing the public cloud to your workflow in minutes. With Q-Cloud Archive you’re ready for new projects while keeping your assets archived long-term for re-monetization or simply as an offset asset pool.

With StorNext cloud-based workflows, you can move to the cloud where it makes sense for you, whether it’s for collaboration or archive, and know that it will integrate seamlessly and efficiently. So that you can define your workflow, not the cloud provider.

Learn More About Lattus Object Storage

See why The Ark, one of London’s leading post production facilities, chose a Quantum Lattus solution to handle a multi-petabyte archive of digital assets for work within tightening production deadlines and growing amounts of content to manage.

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