Media production and broadcast studios are being squeezed by the performance demands of 4K, 8K and even higher-resolution video formats as well as the cost of housing their ever-growing content archives. What’s more, at a time where archived data must be quickly repurposed to satisfy new business requirements – the performance of yesterday’s archive is falling short of the pace of production needed for the age of streaming.
By combining the consistent performance of all-flash and the economics of archive storage systems, VAST Data’s Universal Storage allows media companies to break the long-standing tradeoff between capacity and performance that has complicated media workflows for decades. With VAST, studios can now consolidate their production and archive requirements into a single, easy-to-manage namespace that can scale to exabytes, provides quality of service for each aspect of the workflow – all while supporting hundreds of 4K video streams or high-scale rendering requirements. This new approach to scalable storage accelerates the ability to repurpose content and monetize archived assets through OTT networks, media compilations and the ever-popular director’s cuts.
Edit, render and stream data from all-flash infrastructure that easily supports the throughput and latency requirements of 4K, 8K and even higher resolution assets
VAST’s support for QLC flash, new similarity-based data reduction and 10-year longevity enable the archive economics of object storage
Eliminate the complexity of file system agents, Fibre Channel, and more
Consolidate into a single-scalable NAS platform that provides support for multiple applications and ensures dedicated service quality for specific high-priority applications
Breaking Decades-old Tradeoffs
Today’s media and broadcast studios deploy a complex mix of storage systems, each dedicated to a small set of applications in an organization’s workflow. In part, this is because traditional storage systems can not satisfy the different dimensions that these studios need to build toward:
The result is a veritable archipelago of storage islands and complex data migration policies that move and transform content across the data center. This pipeline, of course, is not uni-directional… once assets go to the archive they then have to be retrieved to active storage to start the process of content repurposing all over again.
VAST’s multi-protocol, exabyte-scale all-flash storage allows SMB, NFS, and S3 applications to access the same data in one tier, eliminating islands of storage and providing real-time access to all classes of content. This breakthrough storage platform enables media organizations to deploy a single system for everything from special effects rendering to feeding their internet streaming services, to archiving their most valuable media assets in a platform that delivers unmatched benefits:
Get predictable latency and high throughput to all stages of the pipeline.
Scale to thousands of editors, playout servers and render nodes all from a single, simple storage cluster — all with endless capacity.
A unified data model that provides access to the same data over protocols such as NFS, SMB and S3.
NFS volumes can be elastically scaled to petabytes while failover and volume sharing becoming easy.
Direct up to 10GB/s of performance to each pod with RDMA-over-NFS.
VAST has pioneered many innovations to democratize flash: QLC flash translation, low-overhead erasure codes and groundbreaking global data reduction.