ARE YOU MEGA CHEESED OFF WITH STORAGE?
YOU SAY YOU ARE READY TO SPLIT UP WITH YOUR LTO INFRASTRUCTURE?
"It's not LTOs fault. The world has changed, I need more from a tech partner and when producers want access to everything instantly my LTO platform just can't cope"
SO AFTER 10 YEARS YOU JUST WANT TO DUMP LTO AND MOVE ON?
"Maybe. Most likely I will try some object storage technology out and maintain my LTO system at the same time. Feels a bit like cheating but the business needs results that LTO cannot provide"
WHY DON'T YOU JUST MOVE IT ALL TO THE CLOUD?
"Ha! Because the money tree burned down in 2009. The cloud is amazing but the costs are too un-predictable for our CFO and retrieval times too slow for the creatives!"
SO YOU REALLY RELY ON ONE PERSON FOR ALL YOUR STORAGE WORKFLOWS? IS THAT WISE?
"Wise? No. Cost effective? Yes. Apart from when we can't find Rachel, the only one who knows how to get the storage servers back on line, because Rachel is on holiday and no-one else knows how to script RSYNC! Then it is very very un-wise"
SURELY AFTER SPENDING ALL THAT MONEY YOUR STORAGE VENDOR HELPS YOU?
"Help me? Ha, they are too bloody busy getting me to fit my workflows to their tech when they should be shaping their tech to my workflows! I opened a. ticket last month and was told their 'media expert' will get to it when he has dealt with some major issues with a broadcaster on the other side of the earth!"
BUT HOW CAN MANAGING VIDEO BE SO EXPENSIVE?
"Well, people and lost opportunities cost me plenty! Producers and the other creative darlings want their content like right now and because most of our archive is on LTO they have to wait for media managers and runners to find it and restore it. When it does not come back in time they move on to other projects. It feels like I am paying people to dig holes and fill them back in again!"
CAN YOU TELL ME A TIME WHEN YOU COULDN'T MONETISE CONTENT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHERE IT WAS?
"Well, my client wanted the shots from the last campaign and I said it's still on the G drive! No, our media manager says, its in the boot of my car for safe keeping. Truth is no-one knows where those clips are ...... FFS..."
SO WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T COLLABORATE WITH YOUR GLOBAL TEAMS?
"Well, we have an FTP server and it's always full and no-one knows what is on there anyway. If we use the cloud I have no idea what it's going to cost me so we post hard drives to LA and wait..."
WORK BEING STOPPED WHEN YOU HAVE A LOCAL OUTAGE MUST BE PRETTY STRESSFUL?
"Stressful? STRESSFUL?? I told Trefor and Sheila not to take their lunch and drinks into the server room regardless of how 'nice and cool' it is in there"