Storage and Archiving Drives Workflow

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Storage and Archiving Drives Workflow

Michael Kammes is the Director of Technology for KeyCode Media, as well as an expert in workflow. Tonight, we talk with Michael about the future of storage and how to factor archiving into your post-production workflow.


Larry Jordan: In his current role as director of technology at Key Code Media, Michael Kammes consults on the latest in technology and best practices in digital media communications. Hello Michael, welcome.

Michael Kammes: Hello Larry, good to hear your voice again.

Larry Jordan: So Michael, you know that we’re talking about archiving and storage. What do we need to do at the beginning of a project that will simplify archiving later?

Michael Kammes: Well not to follow Marc, that’s what you have to do because Marc just said everything I was going to say. That man knows a ton of stuff. But what we have to do at the beginning of a project to make it easier later is, first of all, make sure it’s archiving and not backup. I think a lot of folks confuse those terms, and archiving is you’re not going to get it anytime soon. It’s a failsafe. So A, make the determination between backup and archive, and second of all as Marc mentioned, a library system, an organizational methodology so you can actually find it and retrieve it later on.

Larry Jordan: What technology should we use if we’re creating a backup or creating an archive? And I know they’re different, so do we need different technology?

Michael Kammes: There’s a couple of different ones. I prefer the all in one methodology, what I like to call the one … choke scenario. If you get technology that writes to a tape, that’s great. But if that company also doesn’t make the library system, you’re now dealing with technologies that may not be working in parallel. So I’m a big fan of companies that say, “Look, we’re going to organize everything for you, index it, and then we’re also going to write to this hardware medium, like an all in one solution.” That’s what companies like StorageDNA, who have DNA Evolution. That’s a great solution. We look at companies like Imagine Products which has PreRoll Post which is a little bit at the lower end, but that allows you to write to LTO and they have a way to tag media so you can find it later.

Larry Jordan: Where do hard disks, SSDs and tape drives fit into this equation?

Michael Kammes: It’s funny because you just listed on what the viability is in terms of pricing. SSDs are usually the more expensive per terabyte. Then you have hard drives, and then you have tape. Tape as much as LTO is fantastic, I think it’s almost an intermediary at this point. As Marc pointed out, flash memory is going to become more ubiquitous. It’s going to gain in size, and cost is going to go down and that’s going to be the new standard. Once we get better to put to the Cloud, we no longer will need the LTO backup that we have local now, because things will be in the Cloud, a little faster connections, and we’ll use that as our failsafe. So tape will eventually go away. I think flash is probably the standard we’re going to be looking at years down the road.

Larry Jordan: I’m reading more about something called a hybrid storage technology. The combination of flash drives, high speed hard disks and high capacity hard disks. Does this ring a bell to you, and where does it fit into the equation?

Michael Kammes: It does, in fact if you’ve purchased any Mac recently in the past couple of years, they’re actually using hybrid technology which is putting flash memory or SSD components onto either another SSD or spinning disk. So you’re getting all the benefits of that flash memory or SSD caching that frequently use data, but putting the stuff that you don’t use all the time on the slower portions, in this case the spinning disk. So you’re getting the benefits of both technologies without the cost of paying for that expensive flash, or expensive SSD.

Larry Jordan: It sounds like we need to build planning for archiving into the very beginning of our project, to think about what assets we want to keep for the long term, and where we’re going to store them. True?

Michael Kammes: True. There has to be a methodology behind it, and I don’t just mean a folder structure. There has to be a methodology, so if everyone gets hit by a bus, someone else can find that media and know what to do with it.

Larry Jordan: For people that want more information about your thinking, where can they go on the web?

Michael Kammes: A couple of different places. My tech web series at, or my namesake,

Larry Jordan: That’s all one word,, and Michael Kammes himself is a director of technology over at Key Code Media. Michael thanks for joining us today.

Michael Kammes: Always a pleasure Larry, thank you.

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