The use of cloud services within media asset management workflows is becoming increasingly common in the Media & Entertainment industry. In fact, Devoncroft has predicted a 58% increase in adoption over the next two years (according to the Devoncroft, The Media and Entertainment Cloud Adoption Index, December 2017). Users of our Curator platform are no exception – as many as 75% of our recent MAM solutions deployments have included an element of cloud technology.
So to make this adoption as easy as possible, our development team has been working hard on new features. The latest of these is Curator’s new Process Engine Agent – or PEA as it’s become affectionately known. PEA extends Curator’s workflow capacity and brings several benefits to those operating video production workflows using hybrid cloud deployments. These include easier configuration across multiple sites, a smaller on-premise footprint and greater scalability.
What are hybrid cloud deployments?
To clarify what we mean when we use the term, hybrid cloud deployments refer to a popular model of MAM system deployment. It gives users the benefits of the cloud’s accessibility and global reach whilst recognizing that shifting all your media files and video production workflows to the cloud overnight isn’t realistic.
In hybrid cloud deployments, media asset management services and proxy storage is moved from on-premise servers to cloud instances. Ingest, archive and file movement services remain on-premise to avoid having to move large files to the cloud.
Curator Process Engine Agent
Within a MAM system, there needs to be an orchestrator of the workflow. This is a tool that manages several functions including ingesting content, exporting edited projects, archiving hi-res files and more. Typically this has been done in Curator by Process Engine. During content ingest there’s often a need for the Process Engine to ingest more than 10,000 assets a week, which can lead to job queuing as typical server infrastructure limits the number of concurrent Process Engine ingest workflows to 50.
We’ve introduced the PEA to extend the capabilities of Process Engine specifically within hybrid cloud deployments. It’s scalable, easy to deploy, has a small on-premise footprint and offers new options for redundancy and disaster recovery.
The PEA takes the core workflow capabilities of the Process Engine and lets you to run them in any location. Let’s take a look at how it benefits a MAM infrastructure with multiple remote locations.
You can see that the PEA has been scaled with two instances in New York and three in LA. Not only does this demonstrate scalability, but also resilience. If one of the LA PEAs was to go offline then jobs would be sent to the remaining two. On top of this, overheads are greatly reduced because the controlling, cloud-based process engine can execute small workflow activities through the PEAs. This removes the need to deploy complete workflows in New York and LA and makes it far easier to onboard new remote video editing locations to your Curator system.
Agents are managed by the Curator Device Director so that they can be grouped, jobs prioritised and all PEAs managed from a single user interface which shows both online/offline statuses and a view of currently running jobs.
Overall, Process Engine Agent makes it far easier to deploy Curator in a hybrid cloud architecture, add new locations to your existing Curator system and scale your workflow capacity considering peaks in demand and the need for redundancy.
James Luff, our senior technical operations engineer, said: “With the new Process Engine Agent we can design far better hybrid cloud architectures. Its integration with Device Director lets users benefit from better scalability, resilience and improved prioritization of workflows. The ultimate goal of this is to help you create and manage more content.”
How do I get Process Engine Agent?
Curator Process Engine Agent will available from September 2018 and can be deployed as part of any new or existing Curator deployments.
To see a demo of Process Engine Agent or to talk to one of our experts about how you can benefit from a hybrid cloud media asset management solution, contact us here.
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