The Pandemic Forces A Technology Change
Previous to March 2020, all work was done on premises. All production files were on local workstations, and copied daily to a central on-prem storage. Users were operating off a central NAS server unit that was replicated as a backup in our second location. Both studios function as if on the same private and secure LAN, and called to the central server for data storage, element transfer, and many other functions related to data management and archiving. The data was also archived offsite once no longer seen as “hot”, using cloud storage and physical drives. As all of the systems and workflows were centered on the physical studios, we needed to pivot to support remote workers when the pandemic hit.
The main challenge was to support multiple disparate geographic locations that required consistent and reliable access to the central data storage. Our mixers and assistants need to constantly and securely pass session folders of large size with many smaller internal files or large video files back and forth, and these transfers needed to be timely so as not to affect session workflow.