Handling Digital Assets--Managing Content, Minus Limits
* Accessing files and jobs at a later date.
The real value of the database is when you need to find prior jobs or files. Since all jobs and job files have been tagged, you can simply enter search routines, such as customer or job number or job type. The results of these searches should then display visual thumbnails of the job layouts.
* Managing connections, permissions and security.
You may have many different people accessing your database, and you will need some flexibility in how you manage these interactions.
First, you should be able to limit an employee or client to a single job or a single set of jobs. Second, you should be able to easily create temporary permissions for a job without threatening the security of the rest of the database. Finally, you should be able to set permissions based on the functional way in which you wish a given individual to participate.
Patrick White is principal of White & Associates, a firm that integrates database asset management installations. White is also the founder of Boston-based Digital Art Exchange (DAX), a provider of open digital connectivity solutions.
STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE
Let's quickly look at storage tools. As a fast refresher, the industry relies on Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technology, which can be configured in a number of ways, as well as removable hard drives, the likes of Iomega Jaz drives, magneto-optical (MO) disks available in 3.5˝ and 5.25˝ versions, CD-ROM disks, CD/CD-R, Jukeboxes and the ever faithful back-up tapes for high capacity and durability.
Of all the technologies available for storing data, RAID seems to be the selection under the most scrutiny. It also seems to be undergoing the biggest boost in sophistication at the moment.
Case in point:
Storage Computer, a worldwide provider of software-driven storage solutions, recently announced its OmniRAID Cluster Array for Windows NT. It is designed for commercial printers and prepress firms looking to migrate core business applications from mainframe UNIX servers on to NT without incurring any additional storage management overhead or performance degradation.