Thursday, 9th April 2020

Edge filer promises high performance for media and advertising

CTERA has introduced a media filer to its CTERA Edge product line that delivers high performance, cloud scale, and modern collaboration to enable creative content teams to produce and share digital assets from any device and any location.

The CTERA Edge Media Edition is designed to meet the specific requirements of media and advertising content creators, packaging 128TB usable local capacity, SSD/NLSAS tiering, 8K video rendering, and native support for macOS and Adobe creative products and services. Unlike traditional NAS systems, the CTERA filer is part of a global file system that spans multiple sites, desktops, and clouds, enabling truly distributed file services with elastic scaling and no single point of failure.

“CTERA allows us to modernize how we store and manage creative content across our globally distributed locations,” said Menakshi Sehwani, Regional CIO, EMEA, at Wunderman Thompson. “By removing the limitations of our previous storage systems, the new CTERA media filer enables JWT to take full advantage of cloud scale and global collaboration while delivering the edge performance we need to execute on world-class projects for our clients.”

The CTERA media filer provides transparent migration from existing NAS devices with preservation of share structure and file permissions. Intelligent cloud tiering optimizes local capacity for current projects and pinned files, while cloud security risks are mitigated through source-based encryption, firewall fencing, virus scanning and Active Directory integration.

CTERA Edge Media Edition highlights:

  • SMB/NFS file services with full Windows ACLs
  • Cloud-based global file system across distributed sites and endpoints
  • Global deduplication for optimal cloud storage and WAN efficiency
  • On-demand streaming of large files from the cloud
  • 128TB local usable cloud cache
  • Hybrid SSD/SAS with Active-Active controllers
  • macOS Spotlight integration
  • Adobe suite compatibility
  • Antivirus and DLP scanning
  • Cloud archiving and DR

“Content creation and distribution in the media and advertising industry have always placed major demands on storage systems,” said Steven Hill, Senior Analyst of Applied Infrastructure and Storage Technologies at 451 Research. “CTERA’s new Edge Media Edition offers a hybrid storage environment for creative professionals that combines cloud and multi-platform support for dense, collaborative workflows and the performance to support high-def video production.”

In a recent survey of media storage decision makers conducted by IDC, performance was the industry’s top concern with public cloud services (43 percent of respondents). With the introduction of the CTERA media filer, media firms no longer need to sacrifice cloud capacity for the predictable performance of a local NAS.

“Media firms have lagged behind on cloud transformation due to the challenging nature of modern media workflows,” said Oded Nagel, Chief Strategy Officer, CTERA. “The new media filer provides the perfect cloud bridge for data-intensive environments, combining high local performance tuned for media-rich workflows with efficient cloud scaling.”

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