Digital Asset Management--Lessons in Asset Architecture
At the shop, a single page for a flyer, brochure or catalog could easily take up an additional 60MB of digital material for CTP files. Multiply that by 96 pages and the additional storage requirement for a single job can get a little intimidating.
"Because of the enormous capacities involved, RAID quickly became too costly and access to off-line storage, we feel, is too cumbersome, so we had to stage another platform for maintaining our massive digital files," Ballantyne explains.
In order to beef up its data storage resources and provide for these burgeoning archival and retrieval needs, the company installed a DataVast storage server from DataVation, configured with 500GB storage capacity.
DataVast is a self-contained solution incorporating an online disk cache and tape array controlled by a dedicated operating system and its own hardware. DataVast attaches directly to an ethernet network and delivers from 100GB to 1,600GB of scalable, non-compressed storage capacity.
From the new storage server, the prepress enterprise added MediaBank from Bitstream. Born in the days of Archetype, MediaBank is a collection of databases that gathers and maintains extra information about files on a network, keeping track of the physical location of any job or element. MediaBank now includes an optional module known as FullSearch—an embedded, professional-level search engine available in both the Workgroup and Enterprise editions.
Most Quebecor Litho Plus customers prefer to use the Internet as a means of access to their data-bases, so the firm provides each digital asset management client with a customized procedure that provides assistance in keeping the database logical and organized so searches become simple tasks.
Quebecor Litho Plus personalizes the Web interface to match clients' corporate identity. The customized Web interface runs on top of MediaBank's Web interface. Users can browse, create lightboxes and baskets, download high- and low-res images, order files and upload files.