Visual Data Media Services makes major infrastructure investment



| 28 August 2015

In a clear statement of intent, digital media supply-chain specialist Visual Data Media Services (VDMS) has invested 600,000 in a major infrastructure upgrade at its facilities in Los Angles and London.

Visual Data's decision to upgrade its facilities was driven by a renewed focus on safety in the wake of recent studio cybersecurity breaches, and the escalating volumes of digital content requiring storage as the global industry shifts from tape to file. In the last 12 months alone, demand for content processing from subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) systems such as Netflix, for which VDMS is a preferred vendor, has quadrupled, and the company is seeing this trend replicated across the company's client base.

The upgrade will see the installation of two Spectra T950 Enterprise Tape Libraries, one on each side of the Atlantic, which will see use attempting to boost the integrity, security, reliability and speed of the company's storage offer. The multi-petabyte libraries have been designed for LTO-6 tapes but are LTO-7-ready and are able to provide mirrored storage in LA and London, offering two-centre set-up, storage and disaster-recovery options.

As regards security, the company assures that the arrival of the Spectra Logic libraries is further proof of its commitment to security and disaster recovery. In July 2015, the company became one of a select group of digital storage facilities to be accredited by the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA), which works to enhance content supply-chain security via risk-management assessments and audits. In order to attain CDSA certification, Visual Data invested 100,000 in next-generation, high-availability firewalls and switches from Juniper and enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks.

Tedial's Enterprise Evolution MAM solution will control the mirrored storage system between VDMS's Los Angeles and London facilities. This set-up will enable clients to store content in one location, a mixture of both locations, or both locations and the cloud, depending on their storage requirements.

VDMS also believes that it will have other advantages such as super-fast access to content, reduced staff involvement in the storage process, simplified management and reporting procedures, lower storage-related expenses and intelligent, cost-effective scaling.

"The Spectra Logic libraries are designed for the mega-data-centre world, which is increasingly the world inhabited by our clients," commented VDMS London managing director Symon Roue. "This investment not only represents a step change in our digital storage capacity, but also in our security and disaster resilience. The security element, which is now at the top of the entertainment industry's agenda, is enhanced by the mirrored storage environment in Los Angeles and London. We see this infrastructure upgrade as an investment not only in our future, but in our industry's future peace of mind."