GB Labs has launched Unify Hub, a platform designed for media production combining on premise and cloud content, with special emphasis on remote working, focusing on maintaining data integrity and security.
It manages storage either on site or in the cloud from any vendor in principle and not just GB Labs, incorporating tools designed to maximize productivity from production and post production artists.
The platform has been based around five pillars which the firm indicates have been shaped to some degree by the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. These are:
- Unify Hub Cloud Mounts, which align local user permissions with cloud accounts to facilitate single sign-in and simplify secure access from the premise.
- Acceleration of user functions, as well as reducing costs and saving internet bandwidth.
- S3 Endpoint, connecting on-premise workspaces to cloud services or remote users.
- Remote Working, aiming to make the experience the same regardless of location.
- Virtual Workspaces, enabling users to select what is needed and make available securely everywhere as quickly as possible.
“For most of this year, collaborative production has been impacted,” said Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO at GB Labs. “Content is back to being stored in multiple locations, with all the problems of delays in moving material from place to place, the risk of creating multiple ‘master’ versions, and of course poor security. So first and foremost, Unify Hub provides a unified approach to content and metadata. Wherever your material is physically stored, the content you need appears as a single, secure and coherent source. That makes it ideal for high-efficiency collaborative and remote working.”
A key point is that relevant cloud accounts can be accessed through single sign-on, with pre-authenticated cloud endpoints appearing as SMB storage shares. For system administrators, Unify Hub File Manager then provides a single pane of glass overview and control, while for users their log-in brings all the material they need to their workstation so that the content can then be stored, irrespective of their location.
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