Use case: Red Hat Storage for rich media


Build and run an elastic, scale-out storage environment for media content repositories

Storage needs for media and entertainment (M&E), telco, and large enterprise organizations are outpacing capacity and budgets. The industry has almost completely transitioned to digital workflows and high resolution content, resulting in high demand for digital storage. In addition, these companies need much more sophisticated storage technology to provide the cloud capabilities their stakeholders expect.

These requirements call for a different kind of storage solution. Red Hat® Storage is open and software-defined—ideal for businesses that depend on efficiently collecting, storing, managing, and delivering multimedia.

Massive scalability

Scale out to create petabytes of storage capacity

In the M&E industry, 4K ultra high definition (UHD) is rapidly becoming the de facto standard resolution. Accumulating close to 300TB for a single film, with 50-150 hours of raw footage, is common. The same is true for large image repositories. Plus, television broadcasting companies, information or communications technology (ICT) companies, and others are converting a great deal of film and analog video to digital for content archival. All of these demands for larger content place immense pressure on the underlying storage infrastructure.

With the ability to scale to 19 petabytes of usable capacity within a single cluster (or up to 1 petabyte with just 3 nodes), Red Hat Gluster Storage offers a scalable yet cost-effective way to store growing volumes of digital content.

Red Hat Ceph Storage was designed from the ground up for web-scale object storage and cloud infrastructures. Hardened by over a decade of enterprise use, it overcomes the shortcomings of traditional file systems for object storage workloads, especially in large deployments of a petabyte or more.

Cost containment

Cut costs by running the software on any x86 hardware

Storage and bandwidth requirements have increased with higher resolution, but spending for hardware and services to support these workflows isn't keeping pace. Furthermore, many content service companies compete to serve only a few major studios, which limits the prices these companies can charge. So digital storage solutions must focus on efficiency and containing costs.

Deploying media storage systems on open, industry-standard hardware—rather than proprietary, monolithic network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) systems—dramatically reduces capital costs while maintaining high performance and availability.

Cloud storage

Use cloud storage to your advantage

Media & Enterprise companies, telcos, and large organizations handling rich video and image content need a sound cloud strategy. Services like 3-D animation rendering and multiformat media encoding require seamless scale for content storage, and this makes them prime candidates for using cloud storage. But to allow the easy transition of workloads from on-premise to private cloud to public cloud deployments with minimal impact to end users, the infrastructure's storage layer needs to be extremely cloud friendly.

Traditional storage solutions create silos for on-premise, private cloud, and public cloud environments. Red Hat Gluster Storage, with its unified file technology, and Red Hat Ceph Storage, with its proven object store and OpenStack® integration, are both clear choices for cloud architectures, because they deliver flexibility and scalability as they eliminate dependence on traditional, proprietary storage and all its restrictions. Red Hat Gluster Storage is also POSIX-compatible so you can easily transition or migrate applications to the cloud.

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