Without making a big song and dance of it, Avid immeasurably improved our lives yesterday. It may even mean that some of our engineers get to go home earlier and see their families more often.
Engineers who install and maintain large Interplay and MediaCentral estates know how detailed, painstaking and unforgiving the work of creating and upgrading Interplay and ICS servers can be, especially clustered ones! Until now that work had to be done on site, on a live installation.
But now Avid have announced they will support running Interplay’s production servers in Virtual Machines.
Details are a little thin with regard to which hardware platforms will be ‘blessed’ by Avid but we understand there will be a best practice guide similar to the how to buy ICS hardware docs we know and love
Avid will most likely specify and recommend some hardware that conforms to their own recommendations but if you can find similar specified hardware in your own procurement channels then you can go for that instead.
Woe betide you if you stray too far from the recommendations, though.
With support for software virtualization, you can reduce operational cost, as the hardware requirement to deploy and maintain Interplay | Production is minimized. In addition, upgrading software is easier than ever, enabling you to stage new releases of Interplay | Production software while the system is active, minimizing downtime, plus you can easily roll back to a previous release if needed.
Interplay | Production now works with both Avid and third-party servers, enabling you to reduce operational cost by capitalizing on the existing hardware servers and vendors you already have in your data center.
As it so happens we have been running our demo Interplay and MediaCentral servers as VMs for a while, in fact that is what we took to BVE as our demo rig, to reduce the amount of hardware we had to ship, so we are delighted this is now an officially supported method.
Now we can prepare an upgrade as VMs in our workshop, test them, copy them and then take them to the customer site. Once there we can test them, check all is good and even if it isn’t we can fall back to the previous VM very easily.
Its not often something announced at a trade show is a real game-changer, but this one certainly is.