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Carla Gamble
Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:13:13 pm

We are a small Multimedia department consisting of 2 editors, an Animator and Photographer. We are looking for a shared storage solution. IT recommends spending large amount of Money on and on site server, but Management wants to use the cloud.

Our issue is with workflow. We have exceeded our current allocated server space, and store RAW video files on about 3 external drives.

My issue is uploading our video files into the cloud does not seem very secure, and retrieving from Archives slowdown our workflow even more.

Any recommendations or workflow suggestons?


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Bob Zelin
Re: Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:02:03 pm

Hi -
why not use the cloud ? Simple - it's not fast enough to read your data. You can't edit from a cloud site (unless you are a beta tester for Adobe Anywhere). Secure or not secure, the technology is not there yet, unless you have an enormous data pipe to a cloud site. And even if you do, you won't be able to have the bandwidth for 6 - 8 editors all at the same time.

A video server will run you between $10,000 and $60,000 depending on which company you choose, and what specifications you require. Your IT department can't do this for you - there are countless companies on the SAN networks forum that can assist you with exactly what you want. They are all here on Creative Cow.

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
maxavid@cfl.rr.com


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Eric Newbauer
Re: Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 11, 2013 at 3:17:46 pm

Hi Carla,

Has your management team explained why they want to use the cloud? They may have some great reasons and it'd be interesting for us (as on-site video storage manufacturers) to understand what they *really* want by asking for a cloud-based solution. Maybe they just want cloud storage for the still image files? Maybe just for offsite backup? Something else?

Unfortunately, the almighty "Cloud" is just not a viable online storage alternative for mainstream use by professional video editors... YET. The main problems with it today are bandwidth (not enough), latency (too much), time (yours, spent waiting), and most likely a much higher cost.

Even if your company has a perfect connection to offsite storage that is symmetrically large enough to accommodate reading/writing the data rate of your least demanding video codec, you'd still need to multiply that pipe by your number of editors who would be working concurrently, unless your management team is OK with just one person editing at a time!

There are some cloud-based solutions like Amazon Glacier that might fit some of your company's media storage needs (e.g. backup/archive), but as far as storage for video editing your company is going to need a purpose-built on-site shared storage solution or else you're going to be in for a very bumpy ride.

If you really want to drive the message home, ask your IT department to set all the Ethernet switches back to 100 megabits/second. See how long it takes for everyone else to complain about the network being slow, then explain that a cloud solution will be, at best, twice as bad.

Eric Newbauer
Studio Network Solutions (SNS)
http://www.studionetworksolutions.com


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Carla Gamble
Re: Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 11, 2013 at 4:14:08 pm

Thanks for the great bit of information. Since we are a small company I think it may be a lack of understanding about our workflow/process. In regards to Cloud research.

Do you have any suggestions of a good on site shared server solution? Would be quite helpful, so many companies taught their benefits, but real world trial and error seem to be best suggestions.


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Bob Zelin
Re: Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:46:43 pm

I am the developer of Final Share, which is resold by Maxx Digital.
This is a very easy to use, Mac based server, which regular Mac's can connect to with regular boring Ethernet cables. This is what over 200 companies are using right now for shared storage within their company.

With that said, there are tons of shared storage systems that are excellent on the market. They are discussed on the SAN Networks forum on Creative Cow. You can find lots of companies that sell exactly what you are looking for on this forum. All the brands that you will see talked about are all excellent. What you should be aware of, is that these products are $10,000 and up. There are no $2000 shared storage solutions.

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
maxavid@cfl.rr.com


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Bob Zelin
Re: Cloud vs. On site Server
on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:47:42 pm

Eric's company - Studio Network Solutions is another excellent, easy to use shared storage system that you will want to research.

bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
maxavid@cfl.rr.com


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