A major producer of reality television needed to improve their process for collecting and storing thousands of hours of files generated by digital cameras. Historically, files were stored on hundreds of various types of disk drives; shelved in various locations. From time to time, valuable data was lost due to disk drive failures and the lack of protection copies.
- Ingest camera files to one network accessible storage system
- Camera files copied to disk and tape (files to remain on disk and tape during the production lifecycle)
- The system had to be easily operate by non-IT personnel
- Able to link to Avid ISIS shared storage system
- To reside on-premise or on-set
An LTFS tape NAS solution with an 80 TB disk cache integrated with a SAS connected 48 slot LTO-6 robotic tape library. A 10Gig network connection allows multiple work stations to ingest and copy files and to link content to the Avid ISIS. An uninterruptable power supply to provide the opportunity for a safe and clean recovery from a power lost.
OCM files are ingested to the NAS system. The NAS system copies the files to its disk cache and automatically creates another copy to LTO-6 tape. Editors and producers have access to the cached files on disk while protection copies are maintained on tape. A policy can be set for the duration of how much time a full file resides in the disk cache (for immediate access) before it is reduced to a stub connected to the file on tape (for slightly delayed access). At the end of production the files can be cleared from the system and the tape shelved to serve as the OCM file archive.