How a Lack of File System Intelligence Slows Down Workflows in M&E


The post-production process in media and entertainment organizations consistently demands superior computing performance. Thanks to group collaboration, large file sizes and sequential file access, traditional IT hardware and software solutions struggle to meet these demands. An earlier blog post talked about the importance of streaming performance, but there are other potential limitations to overcome when building a proper M&E infrastructure.

Traditional IT solutions lack the file system intelligence to support such an intensive workflow. Every computer loses performance over time as defragmentation routines fail to sustain long-term file maintenance. In contrast, built-in system intelligence can manage defragmentation and work to obtain the best possible layout of file data. A perfect file layout entails writing one large chunk of data, as opposed to countless fragments, to a location that the system can retrieve in the least amount of time.

Unfortunately, standard file systems don’t achieve a perfect file layout. The file fragments get randomly distributed across the disks and are unavoidably interwoven with files from other workstations written to the same storage system. The complication caused by random fragmentation slows down retrieval and rewriting, and can easily bog down productivity.

To avoid slowdowns and maximize post-production performance, a solution with necessary system intelligence should be employed. We recommend a Bright Technologies media workflow solution in combination with our Imation Nexsan E-Series high-performance, high-density and high-reliability storage solution. This bundle is purpose-built for post-production and broadcast use cases, and has delivered real-world value. To read learn more about Bright Technologies paired with Nexsan E-Series, explore the solution details here.