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BlackPearl RioBroker is a tightly integrated software that brings efficiency and agility to a transforming market. It front-ends Spectra’s BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, an object-based platform that moves media assets seamlessly and economically into disk, tape and cloud.

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BlackPearl RioBroker

CATEGORY: Post Production - Storage

Spectra Logic

spectralogic.com

 

BlackPearl® RioBroker is a tightly integrated software that brings efficiency and agility to a transforming market. It front-ends Spectra’s BlackPearl® Converged Storage System, an object-based platform that moves media assets seamlessly and economically into disk, tape and cloud. Acting as a data mover to speed file transfers, BlackPearl RioBroker streamlines workflows and facilitates scaling out BlackPearl to accommodate growing amounts of digital assets – innovating media storage through greater performance, parallelism, scalability and ease of implementation.

The advancement of BlackPearl via RioBroker offers a simplified RESTful API that reduces the effort to support, integrate and certify a comprehensive range of applications. By providing Partial File Recall and FTP capabilities, BlackPearl RioBroker enables easier client development for partners, accelerating the integration process. It also de-couples BlackPearl API code changes from the applications, eliminating the need for customers to recertify as enhancements are released.
BlackPearl RioBroker also enables clustered* and scale-out access to BlackPearl, offering higher, consistent performance across applications and environments. It offloads data transfer jobs from the application and load-balances between nodes so that further performance and capacity can be achieved by simply adding servers and BlackPearl nodes, respectively. Moreover, BlackPearl RioBroker maintains its own job queue and status information, presenting a single namespace for search and restore across all storage types within multiple BlackPearl systems in multiple locations. The solution is well suited to environments that require resiliency and consistent uptime, as failover is seamless and allows for redundancy without extra overhead in its multi-node cluster configuration.
Finally, BlackPearl RioBroker’s migration tool kit provides the tools to non-intrusively migrate assets, including metadata, from legacy middleware and asset management systems. The solution eases and automates migration from older, often proprietary systems – supporting the conversion of assets into open standard formats and reconstituting them on other storage mediums (tape, disk or cloud) with a simple change of storage policies. During this process, BlackPearl RioBroker automatically re-directs restore requests to the legacy software to grant users immediate access to content that has not yet been migrated. These capabilities offer non-disruptive, automated or semi-automated background migration of assets to a hybrid, open and modern storage platform that guarantees perpetual access and is adaptable to market changes – all while the overall system remains operational and in production.

Content is the lifeblood of media and entertainment organizations, and it is of the utmost importance for those assets to be protected and preserved. BlackPearl RioBroker should win this award because it significantly improves media management workflows and the way users leverage their storage architecture, innovating the content management and storage space at large. Its modern approach to media lifecycle management includes a multi-tiered, policy-based, object storage platform that can easily adapt to changing workflows and seamlessly support new storage mediums upon their entry into the market. BlackPearl RioBroker, in combination with BlackPearl, transforms how users store, access and share media assets, enabling greater workflow efficiencies and customization, increased cost savings, and superior content protection to multiple storage targets.