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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Higher TV and movie resolution standards are radically pushing up storage requirements for producing and saving digital media. For those users in the film, broadcast and music business, there could be a saying that applies to storage: "Anything that is bigger, better and faster is what I need." At least that's the view of Jason Navarro, IT lead at Image Engine Design Inc., a visual effects post-production studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Navarro, like others in the digital content business, is looking at the increasing terabytes (and even petabytes) of data generated in the creation, editing, archiving and distribution of digital content. Most of this data needs to be accessed quickly so organizations can meet deadlines imposed by movie premieres and television broadcasts, and as corporate HR and marketing departments increasingly develop multimedia training videos and product promotions. Digital content requires not only more capacity, but the ability of the storage system to grow as a user's needs expand. And that's just what Navarro required: a ... Access >>>

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