It is impossible to ignore the storage trajectory for the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry, as well as Surveillance industries, with new use cases emerging more frequently than ever before. Applications, such as virtual reality, 4K video (going to 8K and beyond), and advances in animation technology, are forcing M&E production workflows to handle massive amounts of data. And, in the surveillance industry, pattern detection, more cameras, higher frame rates, and increasing retention times are straining today’s infrastructure.

Is Your Infrastructure Future Ready?

This constantly evolving environment is overwhelming traditional servers and storage, and standard “whitebox” configurations can quickly become bottlenecks. To overcome today’s challenge and ensure your infrastructure is “future ready” for these inevitable advancements, organizations must pay close attention to how their infrastructure, including the data center and edge, is designed to meet the ever-evolving performance, scalability, and density demands.

From Silicon to Systems: How Western Digital is Helping Future Ready Your Infrastructure

Western Digital is already a storage leader in both M&E and surveillance – with well over $1B per year in business in these industries. From our WD Purple® branded devices – explicitly designed for video files – to our G-Technology™ high-performance solutions for intensive video editing, and through our storage servers and platforms, we have possibly the broadest portfolio in the industry.

We recently introduced two new additions to our Data Center Systems portfolio – ideally suited for M&E and surveillance applications. The Ultrastar® Serv24-4N four-node NVMe™ all-flash and the Ultrastar® Serv24+6 hybrid storage servers. These servers bring new levels of performance, scalability, and density for cost-sensitive surveillance and M&E environments.

The Ultrastar Serv24-4N NVMe storage server combines the speed of NVMe SSDs with a quad-server architecture to deliver a “cluster-in-a-box.” Featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® CPUs and chipset, core count and power can be selected to optimize data workload and datacenter efficiency requirements. NVMe technology, along with non-blocking PCIe lanes, allow the full potential of flash storage to be realized. It is a perfect match for those M&E workoads requiring massive compute power with adjacent high-performance flash storage.

The Ultrastar Serv24+6 Hybrid Storage Server is a powerful high-density hybrid (flash and disk) storage server featuring up to 420TB of raw storage, a flash acceleration tier with NVMe SSDs, and up to 28-core dual Intel Xeon Scalable Processor CPUs. It is an ideal fit for data-intensive applications in surveillance or software-defined storage environments.

These servers can help you turbocharge your M&E or surveillance applications. Whether you need to support high performance video production applications or require massive HDD capacity, with a flash tier, in a compact package, Western Digital is bringing new levels of performance, scalability, and density for cost-sensitive video and surveillance environments.

Learn More!

We inivte you to join us for our webinar titled “How to Overcome Storage Performance and Capacity Challenges in Video Production and Management” on Wednesday, October 9, at 10:00am Pacific Time, where we’ll dive into why standard “whitebox” configurations can quickly be overwhelmed, How flexible and scalable storage servers can improve production and management of the most demanding applications, and share more on the two Western Digital products mentioned above.

Also, if you are headed to NAB in New York on October 16-17, stop by our booth (#N928) to learn more about how our newest portfolio offerings were designed to address some of today’s greatest video workload challenges.

Dave is Director of Storage Platform Marketing with 20+ years of experience in the enterprise storage, computing, and software business.