V ideo technology is evolving at lightning speed. Now that high definition is ubiquitous, there’s an ever-growing demand for the high picture quality and smooth motion associated with 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) video formats. An increasing number of production houses have made the switch to 4K workflows—and if your team isn’t already working in 4K, it’s only a matter of time before it’s part of your portfolio.
Tackling the Challenges of 4K Video Storage
When it comes to storage, 4K video poses a unique set of challenges. The high resolutions, frame rates, and color depths of 4K result in much larger files than those of corresponding HD videos. This means you’ll need significant storage capacity that can grow along with your business. You’ll also have to factor in performance, especially in collaborative work environments where many users require concurrent access to multiple video streams. And, it’s always important to keep costs under control, so you’re not paying for more than you really need.
Above all, your storage solution should be one you can rely on. For years, StorNext® has been a mainstay for high-resolution video production teams, providing the perfect balance of performance, scalability, and cost.
Putting StorNext to the Test
There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for 4K storage—what works for one organization might be insufficient for another. With the ability to fine-tune configurations to fulfill unique requirements, StorNext provides customized solutions for your individual storage needs.
To help our clients get the most out of their StorNext environments, we recently conducted exhaustive tests on over 500 combinations of disk formats, array configurations, client operating systems, and other common factors. Using 14 different Xcellis™ workflow storage configurations and a variety of 4K media formats, we studied how StorNext would perform in rigorous real-world scenarios. These comprehensive tests provided an exclusive window into how storage supports a 4K workflow.
As a result, we’ve established performance benchmarks to help clients make informed decisions based on their unique business requirements. For example, knowing exactly how many streams a particular configuration can support enables you to plan your work environment accordingly, ensuring there’ll be no unwelcome surprises when you’re in production.
Defining Optimized Storage Solutions
The data we compiled formed the basis for our four StorNext 4K reference architectures, which help us to identify the best implementation for each customer deployment. These range from entry-level configurations for small workgroups using HDDs, all the way up to all-flash solutions to support production and high stream counts. We also found that flash isn’t always the best performance for the money, depending on the format being used. Each reference architecture can be scaled up as needed to provide additional storage capacity and increased performance. The optimal storage configuration for your business will depend on not just your stream count, but also your data rates and space requirements.
In short, we’ve got the knowledge to provide you with storage that will maximize performance and minimize costs.
Knowledge Is Power
It’s time to ask yourself, “Has your current data storage system been 4K tested?” If it hasn’t, there’s no telling how it will perform, especially as your business grows. StorNext will grow with you—and every step of the way, you’ll know what to expect.
No matter how your team is using 4K video, StorNext can provide you with reliable, predictable storage. For more information on how we can help you tackle the challenges of 4K video storage, read our white paper, StorNext 4K Reference Architectures: Optimized Storage Solutions Based on Comprehensive Performance Testing.