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archival life span is far preferable and much more energy efficient. For archived content that you need to access regularly, an archive server is ideal. It is safe and can double as a complete back up system for your tier 1 editing platform. Recent developments in disk technology means that 6TB drives are now available for archive systems: their huge capacity means that a single RAID server, such as our Echo 36, can host as much as 192TB. Running one large appliance, rather than multiple low capacity units is very energy efficient in itself. Plus, improvements in system architecture mean that we have been able to make an overall reduction in power consumption of up-to 45%. Mo Farrah doesn’t race in flip flops It is possible to reduce power requirements even further. However, a balance needs to be struck: a nearline archive should be instantly accessible, ready to play back HD files and to serve multiple users concurrently. It should even double up as a failover editing platform in the event of failure elsewhere in the facility. Sacrificing speed is could be a big sacrifice. Cloud cuckoo land? Many of our customers are investigating cloud storage. A note of caution: the huge file sizes we routinely deal with in the video and film industry makes online editing over global networks an incredibly ambitious task. With 10Gb networks now available, it’s not impossible but the costs are stratospherically high. In the meantime, proxy editing is a viable option for remote, collaborative editing. More realistic in today’s market is the concept of remote user access to archive storage and as standard, GB Labs Space and Space Echo systems are cloud-ready. Space Echo (our tier 2 system) can be configured to give remote users access to archived files in any location and at any time. For acceptable performance, it is reliant on the central facility and each user enjoying very fast fibre broadband connectivity. Remote file replication is another viable option for connected facilities with multiple office locations. Space and Echo storage can be configured to be synchronized according to a schedule, allowing users to each site to have access to the organization’s full data set. That said, we advise that the initial synchronization take place over a fast local network or by using LTO-6 tape. TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 91 JULY 2014 | 51