The Three Pillars Of Workflow Performance

Do you ever find yourself choosing between performance and workflow, wondering if you are sacrificing too much in one area or another? 

Stop compromising.

At SNS, we specialize in workflow performance—prioritizing speed and performance metrics in the context of your creative workflow. 

To achieve the right balance, SNS focuses on three pillars—speed, capacity, and built-in workflow tools—to help professional media teams create amazing content, faster, from anywhere. 

1: Speed

When it comes to speed, you should be confident that your server will keep up with your team’s specific workload. As one customer put it: “There can literally be 100 machines hammering our EVO systems simultaneously, and these demands are met effortlessly.” 

Comparing stream counts is a great way to put performance into your workflow’s perspective. Rather than assuming a system can handle 4K and 8K editing for multiple team members, ask how many streams of your specific codecs the server can process concurrently. This will help you determine if the system can reliably handle your team’s workload day in and day out. 

Connectivity also matters here. Using a high-performance server with a low-throughput connection is like trying to blow up a hot air balloon through a straw. To avoid a bottleneck, ensure your server is configured with the right connectivity for your expected use—whether that’s 10GbE, 25GbE, or 100GbE—and configure workstations with high quality and well-tuned adapters to take full advantage of the connectivity available.

SNS has worked with ATTO for decades, and EVO customers have great success with ATTO products. In addition to top tier adapters, the ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring, and Analytics application is an exciting development for workflow performance.

2: Capacity

Size and speed sometimes go hand in hand. We test stream counts and other performance metrics on servers that are near full capacity to ensure performance expectations are met even after extensive use.

It’s also important to consider storage capacity in the context of your workflow. Production teams are acquiring new media every day, so understanding both your current storage demands and what you predict you’ll need in the future can help you choose a solution that offers scalability without compromising performance.

EVO is massively scalable, with SSD and HDD configurations ranging from a few terabytes to several petabytes of high-performance media storage.

3: Workflow Tools

A server that focuses solely on performance is like getting a Lamborghini without a steering wheel. It’ll go fast, but it won’t get you where you want to go. On the other hand, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of useless features and upgrades that end up costing much more than they’re worth. The best workflow tools are ones that your team will actually use, and that move your workflow forward in meaningful ways.

For example, EVO comes with an award-winning collection of software tools called the EVO Suite, which includes media asset management (MAM), transcoding, automations, a robust API, and remote workflow support for unlimited users. There are no per-user software licensing fees, no charges per API call, no cost per automation—the workflow is part of the server, and the server is part of the workflow. 

Cross-compatibility and interoperability are critical for optimizing workflow performance. The tools in the EVO Suite are widely compatible across the production technology landscape: EVO’s MAM (ShareBrowser) is fully integrated as an extension inside Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve; its automations engine (Slingshot) is compatible with popular cloud storage services like Amazon S3 and Dropbox; and EVO works with macOS, Windows, and Linux workstations. 

This is what turns a NAS into a complete workflow solution. It’s not a choice between performance and workflow; it’s about seamlessly intertwining both to elevate your content creation experience. 

These three pillars of workflow performance form a strong foundation that will help your team unlock the full potential of their creativity. With the right speed, capacity, and workflow tools, your team can create amazing content, faster, from anywhere.

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