Have You Caught up with Oscar Yet?

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It’s been a few weeks since the 2017 Academy Awards. Knowing which titles and artists made the list of winners is as easy as a quick look through the WINNERS & NOMINEES list on the Oscar’s website, but that’s just a jumping-off (or jumping-in) point.  Film lovers want to see, at minimum, the winning titles and artists.  Many tried to get through all of the nominees before the February 26th extravaganza, but that’s an ominous task to complete in the short period between the Janary 24th nominations announcements and the February 26th awards.  So, there are lots of die-hard movie fans still trying get through the winning films—some likely even have watching the awards telecast itself still on their to-do lists.  There’s time…you just have to be flexible about where you watch it, and on what device.

Taking it in

Most of us want to see, not just hear, shows like the Oscars: it’s as much about ‘looking around the room’ as it is about hearing winners announced and acceptances spoken.  It’s even become as closely associated with new ad launches as the Super Bowl.  It’s about fashion: entertainment style, clothing style, hairstyle, ad style.  Oh, and a little bit of politics always sneaks in, too.  And there’s nothing like a gaffe to really draw the views.

Serving it up

With all of the different viewing venues available: theatres, DVD, cable and satellite TV, multiple streaming services…we all have access in one way or another.   All of this availability comes at a cost.  And storage is a component of that cost that has to be managed carefully.  Consider these facts:

  • An hour of SD video uses about 76GB
  • An hour of HD video uses approximately 560GB
  • An hour of UHD 4K bumps it up to about 9TB

The combined requirements for large scale, 24x7x365 availability across multiple devices and device types – with massive customer demand for smooth delivery and ‘intact’ content break old models.  Traditional SAN and NAS can’t deliver all of this without breaking the bank.  Take a look at the alternative of software-defined object storage (I’d recommend Scality’s, of course).  Scality’s SDS lets you use standard x86 server to effectively store and access billions of files or objects of any size and meet the most demanding content delivery and video stream requirements.  There’s a reason that we’re world leaders in the space.

Learn more about Video Distribution and Nearline Archive and how Scality RING Software-Defined Object Storage fits so well into media and entertainment environments.

And keep plugging away to work through that list of Oscar-winning content: you only have until March 4, 2018 before you have to move on to next years’ winners.

Photo by Peter Lewicki on Unsplash

 

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