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Marvin Holdman
Collective Storage
on Sep 16, 2009 at 2:16:38 pm

Just a poll to see what products everyone is using for collective storage.

What kind of SAN are you using?

What kind of network connection? (fiber, 10 gig, iscsi).

How are you using it? (block level access? push/pull?)

Are you using a MAM system? (media asset management). If so, what kind?

Are you using offline storage? Tape? DVD's? Other?

Like most others, we are several months down the road with a MAM (CatDV) using a SAN (3TB) and Offline storage (Sony Petasite). Overall, we are pleased with our ability to manage and archive our footage, but are looking to upgrade our network and SAN. As we are currently entering yet another phase of research for the "best" solutions out there, we are hoping find out how others are approaching this task.

We are a rather small, privately owned broadcast facility that serves 5 markets throughout the southeastern USA and generate around 300 gig a month of media. This has become much more challenging with the advent of tapeless technology (XDCAM) in terms of IT savy required to keep up with all of this stuff. Just wondered how others were coping (from a strict hardware/software approach). It seems resources for such things are scarce in the world of traditional TV production. Relying solely on vendors has proven problematic, as most of our long time TV product vendors haven't much of a clue when it comes to setting up such things.

Hoped this might be a timely discussion, as we're all coming up to 4th quarter and next years budgets are being discussed.

Marvin Holdman
Production Manager
Tourist Network
8317 Front Beach Rd, Suite 23
Panama City Beach, Fl
phone 850-234-2773 ext. 128
cell 850-585-9667
skype username - vidmarv

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