Focus on Dell EMC Isilon Storage Systems

24 Apr

Focus on Dell EMC Isilon Storage Systems


In this video by Boxer Commercial Director Jayson Chase, Jayson quite literally illustrates how various aspects of media and production asset management work with Dell EMC Isilon storage systems, looking at the basic ecosystem of production storage and the central storage volumes best-suited to various sizes of media.

Generally there are two types of video – live or file-based – Jayson covering live video starts by discussing how live SDI or IPV video is typically imported via satellite or camera through a third-party appliance such as those available from Telestream, Harmonic, or Grass Valley before being written to a storage volume. In fact, Jayson suggests that, depending on the size of the media, multiple third-party appliances can simultaneously write media to storage if required.

File-based media such as FTP, USB (camera cards) or other file types also enter via one or more third-party appliance, again including those from Telestream, Harmonic, and Grass Valley before being written to a storage volume.

Once either form of video has been stored, creatives, including multiple video editing, animation, colour grading, and FX artists can read media stored on the central volume and write it back to storage.

Sitting underneath all of this are automated services that are designed to offload burdensome heavy lifting for creative teams by automating tedious tasks like transcoding, encoding, or media processing, one example being a Telestream Vantage appliance or a render farm.

Of course, the whole point of importing media is to eventually make use of it by exporting, in the case of live video, finished media again via a third-party appliance, to emerge as SDI or IPV to feed a linear video stream or television broadcast. Finished file-based is very similar, again exiting through a third-party appliance in the form of FTP, or other formats that can be passed through to VoD or OTT services, or perhaps even to another storage system located on premise, or to an AWS, Google or Microsoft cloud-based service.

Should the high-performance Isilon storage become full, the content can be migrated to supplemental Dell EMC Isilon A2000 storage, maintain the same pathways and file names. A third tier, or Long Term Retention can also be provided by storage companies like Quantum for low cost long term storage.

The video is well-worth a look for a straightforward demystification of the how the process works and, more importantly, how it works best. For more information, contact Boxer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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