Marquis Broadcast’s Avid-certified Project Parking tool is the industry gold-standard for Avid storage management analytics and project portability, providing project analytics, visualisation, management and archiving. The latest version supports the new OP1A workflows as found in the new Avid Media Composer, supporting both parking and storage analysis. Project Parking and Workspace Tools now also integrate with Avid NEXIS | Cloudspaces, which is accessed via the Avid connection client. Avid NEXIS | Cloudspaces operates as though it’s another workspace on the local NEXIS system, making it simple for disaster recovery, workflow sync and backup to the cloud.
Project Parking’s new dashboard feature enables usage tracking for Marquis Workspace Tools and Project Parking systems and is especially useful for multi-site and multi-user companies, helping to monitor data usage. It has an improved look and feel for IBC2019, with a new analysis section providing clear information about storage usage across all customer sites. It enables customers to accurately monitor the use of their data across all their sites, along with when it was processed, to ensure the systems are being used correctly.
“If you’re not running Project Parking regularly, you may be wasting around 20% of your Avid NEXIS system, which has huge cost implications,” explains Paul Glasgow, Managing Director, Marquis Broadcast. “Project Parking’s new dashboard feature provides site-wide visibility to monitor usage of such tools, allowing companies to ensure that the whole facility is running effectively, with clever analytics to prevent duplicate and orphaned media propagating into the Workspace Sync or Backup. This saves significant amounts of storage whilst also accelerating time-critical sync backup and recovery processes.”
The latest version of Project Parking also adds S3 AWS server-side encryption support, delivering seamless management for Avid ISIS or NEXIS storage. In addition, it provides support for retrieval from Amazon Glacier cloud storage, helping to reduce the costs of hybrid cloud post production. In addition, Marquis has added workgroup functionality to Project Parking and Archive Parking, which manages access rights and permissions globally within the system. This is ideal for service providers or for large companies that have multiple productions using the same Avid storage. It means that there can be several separate instances of file storage within the same global system, with different access privileges set to ensure confidentiality; especially useful when there may be different production companies sharing the same storage.
Nearline Parking for Avid NEXIS | E5 NL Storage Systems
Avid has recently launched Avid NEXIS | E5 NL, a petabyte-scale nearline post production storage system. To simplify Avid | E5 NL management, Marquis has introduced a companion software product called Nearline Parking into the existing Parking family of products. It enables online projects in NEXIS/ISIS to be securely, seamlessly and quickly copied to and from nearline Avid Nexis | E5 NL.
Using unique data analytics, Nearline Parking overcomes many of the fundamental operational errors found with conventional file movement applications. Firstly, Nearline Parking ensures that any projects copied to Avid | E5 NL are always complete. Secondly, it can also sweep or delete project media that is not uniquely referenced by an active project. Nearline Parking is also fully upgradeable to the analytics-based Project Parking storage management system.