The prospect of migrating from a legacy asset management system is a real challenge for many media owners. For instance, you may have been using that asset manager, with all its quirks, twists, and turns for many years, building up a database of metadata that is proprietary, organising projects by schemas that are long since out of date, and even storing that archive of assets onto various hardware solutions from tapes, LTO, disk systems or even disconnected media.
You know that it’s time to start centralising your repositories. It’s a time bomb and only getting messier. There’s money in those assets. But, it’s a frightening prospect to migrate away from the system you’ve been using: your “mess” is only growing and meanwhile newer leaner competitors aren’t hampered by technology choices made when few technologies were available. Is it better to quietly retire rather than facing that challenge? You wouldn’t be the first to do that!
Keep in the look over the coming weeks to see our article ‘10 Challenges Migrating from Legacy Digital Asset Management Systems’ in TVB Europes magazine.
In short, it can be daunting! But fortunately, you are not alone. Other companies are in the same boat and a solution to your problem is available.
On the technology side, Object Matrix can help. We have ready built (turnkey) and ready to configure solutions for migration from FrontPorch, Masstech, and FCS. Tools that efficiently and rapidly migrate legacy archive and asset management systems into the future, be that on a private cloud (like Object Matrix’s MatrixStore), to public cloud, or to any combination of the aforementioned. The tools directly take on the challenge of:
- Understanding the intricacies of the old asset management databases to extract the asset metadata and project information from them.
- Understanding and being able to migrate from various legacy storage hardware solutions, including offline media and LTO.
- Providing a robust and scalable platform, but also allowing migrations to be carried out of multiple months.
- Partial migration – where you wish to keep using your legacy system in collaboration with your new solution.
- Auditing the migration.
The new media archive can be stored on to multiple targets including on to private cloud (like Object Matrix’s MatrixStore), public cloud, or even back on to the hardware that you are migrating from. Migrations can also occur in the “context” of the data tape ensuring unmatched performance (ie reading a tape at max speed rather than trying to archive with random access).
So if you have a migration project and wish to modernise your storage infrastructure, please don’t hesitate to ask us about our migration solutions.
About Object Matrix
Object Matrix is an award winning UK based software company that pioneered Digital Content Governance (DCG), object storage and the modernisation of digital video workflows. Our media focused private and hybrid cloud solutions are tightly integrated into file based and IP workflows and bring economic and operational benefit to all of our customers. Our flagship product, MatrixStore, is used by the world’s largest organisations that create and distribute video content, including NBC, TV Globo, MSG-N, the BBC & BT.