Whenever we visit new prospects we see the same problems time and time again. Whether they be banks, broadcasters, post-production facilities or telecoms companies, they face similar technical challenges when ingesting, curating, protecting and sharing video assets.
Speaking with the CTO and the CFO about their challenges is fantastic for getting the strategic view on the business, but it is only when you pay a visit to the MCR or server room, with the engineers, do you get a grasp how much work goes on behind the scenes to get production done.
These days the broadcast or post production engineer has to be a Jack and Jill of all trades, an ingest expert, a networking ninja, and, sometimes an actual firefighter. Due to an explosion in content creation, and rapid technology change, the engineer’s life is far from 9-5. However, some of the tasks that take so much time out of the engineer’s day are entirely avoidable.
One such task is managing islands of storage that have accumulated in the server room over a period of time. A typical tour of a data/server room goes like this: