December 9th, 2008
Broadcasters increasingly are moving to lower-cost disc drives and shared storage while solid-state flash memory is slowly gaining ground.
by Ken Judah Freed
Broadcasters wanting the most cutting-edge solutions for digital video storage can consider solid state â€œflashâ€ memory, yet spinning disk drives and digital tape remain the most cost-effective solutions for the majority of operations today.
â€œWe keep a weekâ€™s worth of material online in a shared storage system,â€ said Victor Murphy, director of technology and operations at CBS affiliate WUSA-TV in Washington, DC, â€œbut weâ€™re still archiving on tape, and Iâ€™m not sure when weâ€™ll migrate the archive to online or nearline. With budgets being what they are, we have to be very careful about what we choose as solutions.â€
WUSA recently moved from Avidâ€™s Unity system to an Avid Interplay shared storage solution, which stores one week of programming, interstitials and spots, Murphy said. â€œItâ€™s very comforting to have such a resilient and redundant system in house, so Iâ€™m sleeping a lot better at night now.â€