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Object Matrix MatrixStore

MatrixStore is an object based, plug and play, storage appliance that allows users to keep their digital information online and protected with minimal administrative effort. Taking advantage of commodity storage hardware it provides a secure, scalable online repository for your digital assets.

MatrixStore software is not tied to proprietary hardware; it utilizes high quality, off-the-shelf disk-based storage hardware. MatrixStore server nodes are run on open hardware running Linux and therefore can support hardware platforms that are supported by the Linux operating system. MatrixStore does not change your data in anyway. Data protect in a MatrixStore cluster is bit for bit the same as it was on the client

Highlights

[checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”” size=”small” class=”” id=””] [li_item icon=””]Metadata Protection: Protects metadata and the essence allowing content to be found in an instant.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Process in Place (PiP): Uses the power of the cluster to automatically extract and enrich metadata.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Scalable: Scales in capacity and performance with minimal effort.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]High Availability: Highly resilient, redundant architecture.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Free Client Tools: DropSpot, MXFS and move2[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Enforces Business Rules: Policies enforce that the data cannot be deleted before its time. Not even with administrator access.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Open API: Java and C API for full integration into existing applications in the workflow.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Future Proof: Future proofing via software virtualisation. No dependency on a hardware platform.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Multiple Tenancy: Distinct storage vaults allowing different departments to share the same storage infrastructure.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Performance: Time to first byte in milliseconds. Performance scales as the cluster grows.[/li_item] [li_item icon=””]Authenticity: A digest calculated when the data is stored acts as a guarantee that the data is bitwise exactly the same when it is read back as when it was originally stored.[/li_item] [/checklist]

Ingest

Guaranteed Ingest

MatrixStore protects rushes at the highest levels. Every time data is stored in a MatrixStore vault the API generates a hash (digest, digital fingerprint) of the content on the client and also on the two MatrixStore nodes the content lands on. Three different places where the content is checked ensuring the content in MatrixStore is bit for bit authentic. Because MatrixStore keeps that digest as metadata it is able to automatically ensure the content on disk matches the digest kept with it. Forever.

Secure

MatrixStore was built to protect financial and medical data in accordance with global compliance regulations and as such provides the option to keep content in vaults that can have retention periods set upon them. No deletion or modification before the retention date. End of. This helps not only for the long term retention of content but also as a highly secure ingest vault for rushes/dailies coming into the post process. Set a one month retention policy on an ingest vault and that content will be secure from the accidents that do tend to happen.

Searchable Metadata

“If you cannot find it you do not have it”. DropSpot can both harvest metadata contained within the P2 (and other formats) media and provide custom forms allowing relevant and correct metadata to be input upon ingest. By protecting the metadata in MatrixStore the end user benefits from a searchable rushes (dailies) repository allowing producers or editors to find and retrieve clips in an instant.

Nearline

Tiered Storage

It is becoming clear that tiered storage is becoming a hard requirement for any organisation creating, manipulating or re-purposing digital content. It is no longer the done thing to cram everything that comes into the facility straight onto the production disk, be it AVID ISIS or Apple XSAN they both are not designed as secure repositories for the prolonged protection of hundreds of terabytes of content.
The ideal storage platform lets the Nearline take the strain, getting older content off the production disk in order to allow the end users the un-fettered super fast access to the clips they need to access.

Scalable and Secure

Move or park entire projects with a single click to a platform that requires very little management and adding capacity is a simple one touch process. When you want the content back simply search for it, check it is what you need and bring it back to the production disk. It is possible to view content whilst it resides in MatrixStore using the MatrixStore File System Interface (MXFS).
The SAN should be kept small, efficient to ensure your employees have unhindered access to their working assets. Once that data is no longer being worked on the assets can be moved or parked to a more reliable, management free storage solution providing nearline, multi-user access 24/7.

Searchable Metadata

Using DropSpot from Object Matrix you can add metadata on the fly as it is being archived to the nearline MatrixStore Vault. DropSpot also allows you to build custom metadata forms that can enforce disciplined metadata entry thus ensuring the process is more efficient and effective. It is also possible to add metadata to content already archived to MatrixStore should the context around that content change.
By enforcing strict metadata entry and ensuring content is kept fresh it becomes a breeze to find content in a MatrixStore Nearline cluster at any point in time in the future.

Archive

Digital Preservation

One of the many benefits of MatrixStore, being an object based storage solution, is that it can be utilised as a Digital Preservation System for long term archiving of digital media assets. This allows file based assets to be securely stored and archived almost to in perpetuity by being future proofed against evolving technological advancements.
When comparing different solutions one needs to ensure that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of any archive system does not result in a very expensive data migration requirement further down the line with a potential loss of assets. This can be very true of tape based systems.

Re-use

Increased productivity, assets re-use, regulation compliance, fine avoidance, results in an annual value of that data to the company of assets being available online and readily available. Potential new revenue streams can be gained by making the data available via the internet, on demand to customers, or any number of other usage scenarios which benefit from instant random access to files. These are some of the opportunity benefits that can be compared between disk and tape based storage, depending on the usage scenarios.
In terms of finding the content required, the adage of “If you cannnot find it you don not have it” comes into its own when content is protected long term in a disk based, searchable, MatrixStore Archive.