Evolphin Zoom supports two different asset storage models:
- Indexed Asset Model
- Direct Ingest or Managed Asset Model
Indexed Asset Model
This requires Zoom VideoFX license or VideoLX bundled with the core Zoom Server. It is used to index raw camera footage, large format videos, read-only files that need to be represented in Zoom Database via a proxy or a placeholder object. Primarily used by Video editing tools such as Premiere Pro or Media Composer to link to native hi-res video files as checking out large read-only footages is too slow and would consume too much local storage on the workstation.
This model supports indexing multiple third party mount points (TPM). This could be used to support multiple brands with their separate SAN/NAS volumes to store native hi-res footage/videos. Indexed assets are treated as read-only files by Zoom and and are not iterated/edited and versioned with Zoom.
Direct Ingest or Managed Asset Model
This is the default storage model for all assets that are either edited/iterated upon in a creative workflow or are small enough to not require a proxy workflow, for instance project files, stock images or photos. This model uses the Zoom de-duplication feature to efficiently manage the storage associated with the versioned assets such as an exported video, Photoshop or an Adobe InDesign file.
The direct ingested assets are stored in the Zoom unified database. The database itself is stored as a collection of files underneath a parent folder that is a configured when Zoom server is installed. The database folder can be mapped to a single physical disk device or a virtual spanned disk (virtual folder that spans multiple disks) or using storage management solution such as a distributed file system (DFS).
Evolphin does not do LUN management for database as customers prefer to do that outside Zoom and present the database with a single logical volume that potentially can span multiple physical disks. Windows & Linux OS offer tools for creating spanned volumes.
Even better solution is to keep the current projects being worked upon online in the Zoom unified database and archive rest of the project files to an archive. Zoom archive solution supports multiple Zoom brand/project based destination folders. This can enable a per-brand strategy of moving assets offline from the primary database location over to multiple LUNs if desired. This is the preferred approach most customers take with high volume of data.
Auto-Checkout (ACO) Volumes
Direct ingest model also supports ACO which can be used to create a network share that can be sync’d with changes to direct ingested assets automatically. Most customers use ACO to create a global library of assets that can be linked without checking out files. Customers often use a DFS to map Zoom project/brand to different storage volumes.