StorCycle: Modern Storage Management for Media & Entertainment

Bring Visibility and Insight to All Unmanaged Assets

Digital content is the lifeblood of media and entertainment organizations, and must be preserved for the long run. Although there are a number of tools to help organize and manage content, how do organizations deal with the sprawling data volumes that are NOT managed by an asset management application? Oftentimes “unmanaged” assets reside outside of the domain of traditional asset management applications. StorCycle identifies file attributes of unmanaged assets and moves less frequently accessed content to lower cost storage tiers, providing seamless, familiar access and recovery as needed. With StorCycle, organizations are able to implement an integrated perpetual storage tier for a solution that enables workflow automation in production environments.

StorCycle for M & E: Identify, Migrate, Protect and Access Your Content

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With StorCycle, M&E organizations can:

  • Reduce storage costs by up to 70%
  • Minimize technical staff needed to manage storage
  • Reduce primary storage capacity by migrating inactive data
  • Maintain a consistent and familiar access to all migrated assets
StorCycle is designed to scan and identify inactive files that should be migrated. File attributes are identified and used to help users decide what content can be safely migrated. StorCycle can easily copy or migrate any data to a less expensive storage based on user-defined parameters or scan results. Metadata tags can be added to enable searchability at a later date.
StorCycle is the ultimate and most cost-effective way to protect and perpetually store all of a company’s valuable assets utilizing encryption, integrity checks, checksums, and optional air gap protection. StorCycle provides seamless and transparent access to migrated assets. User-friendly searching and retrieval of files is fast and easy using HTML (or symbolic links.*)

StorCycle Functionality

Unmanaged AssetsAccess Control and PermissionsOpen APIs*Cloud OutNon-Proprietary Open StandardsSMTP / Email NotificationsScalable Platform – Clustering*
Unmanaged Assets reside outside of the domain of traditional asset management applications. In broadcast, examples of such assets are raw or original content, graphics, still images, etc. In post production, it can be any asset from raw content to finished projects, and anything in between. The storage capacity used by these unmanaged assets often grows at an astonishing rate, and it is all stored on costly primary storage. StorCycle provides a solution to this problem.
Roles such as ‘Administrator’, ‘Storage Manager’ or ‘Authenticated User’ have a varying range of authorizations to configure all aspects of StorCycle from mapping storage locations and setting up users, creating jobs for scans and migrations, to basic search and file recovery. StorCycle is an Active Directory compliant solution and all original file access credentials for authenticated users remain enforced (intact) for migrated and/or copied files.
StorCycle offers an open set of RESTful APIs that applications can use to programmatically initiate scans, create jobs to copy, migrate, or restore. This brings not only visibility and insight to all unmanaged storage, but also automation to create greater efficiencies in storage and asset management and the relevant workflows.
Use of the cloud is becoming more and more part of the storage and workflow landscape. StorCycle supports movement of files to popular cloud platforms, be it for DR purposes or cloud-based workflows, such as transcoding and artificial intelligence (AI) tagging.
StorCycle retains the original file formats, names and directory structures on storage targets. Therefore, end users (with valid credentials) can access files directly on storage targets, without the need of StorCycle. Files moved by StorCycle to tape storage are written in open LTFS format, ensuring accessibility of assets in the future. StorCycle ensures your content will never be held hostage by a proprietary software solution.
StorCycle retains the original file formats, names and directory structures on storage targets. Therefore, end users (with valid credentials) can access files directly on storage targets, without the need of StorCycle. Files moved by StorCycle to tape storage are written in open LTFS format, ensuring accessibility of assets in the future. StorCycle ensures your content will never be held hostage by a proprietary software solution.
Storage management challenges are not unique to any one industry or company size. Spectra designed StorCycle to meet the needs of small organizations to the largest of enterprises. StorCycle servers can be deployed as a single server, or as a clustered platform, to meet the requirements of any organization.
*Available in a future release

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