Studio 51 is a Mumbai and Beijing-based visual effects production studio, dedicated to the film, entertainment, and advertising industries. Studio 51 offers professional services including VFX, concept design, pre-production, shoot supervision, and post-production. Studio Head, Mr. Varun Hadkar, graduated from Manchester Business School and The University of Kent, UK , and has 19 years of experience in film and TV VFX. He has worked in the production of many famous film and TV blockbusters. In this interview, Varun shares some of his unforgettable production experiences and future plans for Studio 51 with us. Varun’s love for the film industry started in the early 2000s. He believes that each project that he has worked on has had its own unforgettable moments and challenges during the initial stage, shooting, and also post-shooting. His current role as a supervisor requires team management as well as understanding the requirements of clients and directors. His team, based in China and India, often uploads and Sync’s large amounts of data. Hence a stable, fast, and long-distance transfer service is vital for his work. Check out the Full Interview with Varun Hadkar! Raysync: Hi Varun! Thank you for accepting our interview! Would you briefly introduce yourself? Varun: I studied commerce and finance during my undergrad years. I also had a keen interest in filmmaking and started in the film/ television industry back then, by doing small jobs in productions like MTV. After doing a few gigs, I landed a job in Rhythm and Hues, which was one of the most highly-reputed companies, over a decade ago. After gaining a great deal of valuable experience at RnH, I left India and went to the UK to pursue further studies and work. Its was here that I completed my Masters from the University of Kent and a few years later, my MBA, from the University of Manchester. I had the opportunity to learn from and work together with some fantastic people in world-class studios. From there, I travelled to Asia— worked with Double Negative, in Singapore then BASE, in China for a few years. I’ve worked on many aspects of film — including producing, partially directing, and supervising. With my combined experience in these areas, I was able to establish Studio 51. We started as a VFX company but have diversified into Film production, AI, virtual production, and film making too. Raysync: Could you share unforgettable production experiences with us? Varun: Back when I was working with DNEG on a movie called Bridge of Spies produced by Spielberg, there were about 60-70 shots of VFX which were managed by a small team. In production, we generally do these temp comps to show the director what the shot looks like. Everybody did a version for their own shot, every shot is different. My shot went to the Director, Producer, and Spielberg's comment came in, “this looks great, final”! This was a big highlight for me. First off, this never happens on a shot of that scale. And for me, I got a direct comment from him. This was a great moment. He is a personality a lot of fans, filmmakers, artists look up to. Raysync: As a visual effects supervisor for Avengers, Salvage Marines, and Wandering Earth, what's the most challenging part, and how did you make it? Varun: Every project is different. With Avengers I was with Base, working under ILM. The great thing was that ILM gave us creative freedom. However, that also made the task that much challenging— getting the creative process approved by the director, in our case director Usually, the process of approval goes through a number of steps until we reach the director's approval. With some luck and with the help of our talented artists, the work that we produced at Base was high quality and was approved by ILM. The director's approval too came fairly quickly. For Wandering Earth, I think one of my biggest challenges was the language barrier. The entire crew spoke Chinese. Being on the set, trying to get the ideas across in front of the director, ensuring the crew understood each aspect, basically taking massive chunks of work, breaking it down to parts and funnelling it to key people, so that we were all on the same page— that was one of the most challenging things for me. This was a large-scale sci-fi film, so it definitely came with its usual challenges. Creatively, most aspects progressed steadily since the director already had a great vision and we also already had a fabulous concept artist. We had an experienced, talented art director, so that made things smooth. The film did really well, turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters in China. Salvage Marines, finished production in early April 2022. It hasn’t been released yet. Our teams in China and India have worked tirelessly on this. It's quite challenging to get the two teams in one pipeline, one workflow, and one structure. We are always keen to produce high-quality work, so we try our best to harness the strength of each artist and that, sometimes means bringing them together on a project, in spite of their physical location. Here it becomes extremely important to manage teams and workflow in an efficient and orderly manner. The pandemic period has especially been challenging for our industry too. While office premises were locked-down as per government mandates, projects rolled on as scheduled. In order to meet deadlines without outsourcing work, resources needed careful re-allocation and teams required restructuring. Raysync: Thanks for sharing. May we know your use case in data transfer? Varun: At times we face a problem of disk space in the company . In 2020, covid issues led us to try out cloud servers. We decided to move ahead with your services for a few reasons. One of them being agility — the speedy response and the pro-activeness displayed, while solving issues was a plus point for us. We felt that we were able to save significant amount of time. The other key aspect that drove our choice was the ability to control user accounts and permissions. Raysync is TPN certified, and you have a vast number of functionalities which is always great. We have a lot of data being transferred between our teams in India and China - for this, we needed a stable service that works seamlessly in both locations. When we tried Raysync, it just worked. The software is light and has all the features we need. We needed quick, efficient solutions and you guys checked all the boxes!
In today's world of a global pandemic, it must have felt anxious for those people who are working in the film and TV production industries. Not only they are unable to go abroad for filming, but they are also restricted everywhere domestically. The spread of the COVID-19 has indefinitely disrupted ongoing plans that were pre-planned meticulously and are forced to find another way out. As for the post-production industry, the majority has even surrendered when it comes to transfer massive amounts of raw footage from one point to another. Fortunately, we could count on the long-standing habits derived from the animation industry and leave this annoying matter to Raysync High-Speed File Transfer Software! A few months back, we were lucky to be offered an opportunity to try out Raysync and the more we used it, the more addicted we became, so much that we forgot to share it out. There are hundreds of products of the same nature such as Caton Cydex, File Catalyst, TransferXL, MASV, AWS, etc. but what makes Raysync stand out? There is a theory that the worst a product is, the more it would try to pretend to be invincible. Likewise, the more powerful a product is, the more understated it is. There are certainly other good products in the market such as Cydex, which is also my favourite personally, but Raysync is one of its kind that is so simple as breathing or drinking water. We mentioned deriving habits from the animation industry in the beginning. In fact, Raysync’s key team is the development team behind the well-known render farm “Fox Renderfarm”. With years of experience in the animation and special effects industry, the team has a deep understanding of the requirements for remote work, file synchronization, multi-access and permission control. It is not a surprise that the team would introduce a product of their own. The whole operating including its interface, processes and functions are quite satisfying. At first glance, the main interface of Raysync actually looks “scarce”, too simple that makes it easy to doubt its capabilities, but this is also one of the problems that most similar products are criticized for: The more setting parameters it showed, the more dedicated support it needed, and thus further away from general users, even further from the targeted group in the film and TV production industry. Raysync's user interface was designed with an "easy-to-use" philosophy in mind that Assistants, Business Personnel, Producers, Directors, Designers, Editors, Compositors, Animators, and even Bosses would figure out how to operate the software at first glance. I have even given it to my friends who work as teachers, screenwriters and designers to try, they could easily figure out how the software works and operate it by intuition. I think Raysync's easy-to-use interface is a highlight for the common users which is very convenient. Now let's look at how many platforms could Raysync support: It's a definite for Windows, Linux is supported as it is essential to large-scale production companies, and macOS is also supported without a doubt considering its popularity in the Audio/Visual field. It should be normal with all the above platforms being supported, but Raysync also supports iOS and that's kind of surprising. I have come across many large file transfer management platforms before, but many of them could only be used on a desktop environment. When it comes to mobile devices, they have always paid less attention to perfecting it with the excuse of security and inconvenience in management. Trust me, imagine bringing an iPad out to discuss a proposal while needing to dig out a scene, a mock-up or something similar, most people would only archive a finished product but rarely note down all the items during production. But as long you have backups periodically, Raysync does come in handy to help you find anything you want within its mobile app that provides viewing and browsing without editing rights, thus eliminating the risk of accidental modification and deletion. Even if you accidentally lost your device, the risk is also minimized. According to Raysync, its Android version is currently under development and I believe it should be on its way to the public soon. Following the introduction of the UI and supported platforms, now let’s talk about Raysync’s transmission method. This is also the main reason why I’ve been mentioning simplicity and security in the previous paragraph, I think people who are familiar with internet transmission should have already guessed by now that Raysync adopts UDP as its transmission protocol. The UDP port can be simply enabled through your office, studio’s network firewall or the router’s settings. Compared to TCP, UDP’s stability, security and risk of interception are all-round superior. In addition to adopting UDP, Raysync also added a public key authentication that only certain accounts or trusted devices are authorised to receive data. It is a terrific design for common users like us who have poor awareness of cybersecurity. Perhaps at this point, some people may still have doubts about how secure Raysync is, so this is a great opportunity to mention how many services Raysync actually offers. From the most fundamental ones to large file transfer, Raysync also provides acceleration for SSH, FTP and Proxy as well as massive transnational data transfer services to many industries such as Advertising, Media, Financial, Government and so on. These corporate giants especially the finance and government agencies demanded the highest grade of security requirements which Raysync delivers, so we have nothing to worry for. For instance, if you enter a wrong password too many times, the user account will be locked out and a protection mechanism to prevent brute-force attacks will be in place, so please feel at ease. In practice, when we are out for a site recce during pre-filming, we could create a shared folder and take photos with different composition, angles or details that could represent the scene, then take notes and upload them after discussion. This is especially useful when one can't have a face-to-face discussion with the photographers and post-production directors or when people are working across different locations and time zones, you can directly access the information compiled by your partners from the site recce and ensure that everyone has the same information. While discussing cinematography during the preliminary shooting, it is good to get into the habit of archiving massive data, establishing metadata and upload them. So when the filming permit gets approved, everyone arriving at the scene will at least be synchronized in regards to the concept and preparation, saving massive amounts of time compared to the previous shootings. Even during the post-production where editing and after effects needs to be in place, there is also a series of logic and parameters that can be followed for less unnecessary effort. Of course, to be fair, Raysync does come with its shortcomings, such as the need to open a specific port at the router. Although it’s very simple to operate, I think many small studios would probably have surrendered on this. Followed by the operating cost, which should be higher than having a home-based mid-level NAS. Although its speed and security are superior to NAS, you have to know that the folks in Taiwan have been particularly obsessed with the cost-performance ratio to an astounding degree. There is no way to reverse that in a short time. Perhaps SMBs or companies with a longer and more stable history would consider this type of product that needs maintenance. At this point, you might have felt like you've gotten some info from reading my review but felt nothing concrete at the same time. In fact, I had the same emotions from using Raysync in the beginning. I was neither using it specifically for dedicated tasks nor does it offer anything special to me, but it somehow integrated into my work seamlessly without my perception. When I realize it, my site recce, proposal planning, on-site shooting, post-production process, review and submission of films, etc. have already had Raysync's traces on it, supporting these tasks silently behind the scenes. Wait what? You were saying you don’t have a spare computer to act as a file server? Or why not just purchase a NAS? Or maybe you have no idea or doesn’t have the permission to open a specific firewall port on the router? These are some of the minor issues that Raysync’s support team dealt with on a daily basis. They could help you to deploy on a virtual hosting server, just like how websites are now popularly hosted, with the option of selecting as much storage and transmission bandwidth you desire while eliminating the need for hardware maintenance. So the amount of resources determines the power of your network, if it could help you to accomplish your projects, then this small cost could easily be justified!
2022-06-02File transfer solution
Introduction A point-to-point connection in telecommunications relates to a communication between two terminals or nodes. Point-to-point is shortened to P2P sometimes. In sharing platforms or in other data-sharing protocols between people, this use of P2P is separate from the use of P2P which means peer-to-peer. For instance, a telephone call when one phone is connected to another, and only the others could hear what one caller says. In contrast, this is a topology for point-to-multipoint or broadcast communication, where several nodes can receive information from a node. Additional instances of point-to-point links include leased lines, microwave relays, and two-way radio. For example, radio and television broadcasts are points-to-multiple. Have you used P2P? P2P transfer is now widely used to share files by many enterprises in their work after LAN, FTP, and HTTP are outdated. P2P transfer, known as point-to-point transfer, is an instant file transfer mode, which aimed to enable all clients to provide resources, including bandwidth, storage space, and computing capacity. P2P transfer technology has wide application scenarios, such as audio, video, and data sharing in various formats. How does P2P technology transfer files instantly? Why P2P transfer is accepted widely by many enterprises? In this article, let’s start with these two questions and explore the answers to point-to-point transfer. Everything about P2P Transfer in One Picture With the growing number of IP cores combined on one chip, the system-on-chip architecture is able to deploy complicated applications. The enormous need for communication and the ample computing capability on the chip put a considerable burden on the architecture in communication. Scalable communication architectures are therefore needed to implement future systems efficiently. Two types of communication systems, namely point-to-point and bus-based designs have traditionally been explored. At the expense of the specific channels between all communicating IP pairs, P2P communication designs can provide the most communication performance. However, in terms of high complexity, expense, and design effort these designs are poorly scalable. By contrast, bus systems can connect a few dozen IP cores economically and eliminate the complexity of the system and the specific cables required by P2P systems. The traditional HTTP transfer is to copy data to the client via server, thus the transfer speed is restricted by the bandwidth. Especially in today's network environment, the large amount of clients connects to one server, the bandwidth of servers will be shared, and the bandwidth of clients is difficult to be fully utilized, resulting in low efficiency of overall data transfer. In general data transfer, client A and client B is essential to build a connection to the server, and then data will be transfer through the channel built by the server and data recipient. P2P transfer technology builds the direct channel between client A and client B, shorten the original upload-download "1+1" time to 1; Secondly, "client A-server-client b" is turned to "client A-client b", which does not transit through the server and does not consume the expensive storage space of the server. Figure 1. P2P Transfer in One Picture Cons & Pros of P2P Transfer P2P technology is popular in many industries such as film and media, Internet TV, telemedicine, it not only provides freedom and facility to data transfer but also integrates all potential Internet resources. In technical expert’s opinion, P2P transfer is a kind of instant technology for quick data moving and sharing, it is beneficial to creating opportunities for enterprises in today’s market environment driven by data. However, with 5G emerging and the continuous development of information technology, P2P transfer is undoubtedly a double-blade sword, so it’s difficult for enterprises to step forward. Pros: Low cost: save the cost on the server. Efficiency improved: remove the intermediate procedures and establish simple connections. High stability: eliminate the server-centered single-point service in the past, form the decentralized P2P transfer organization, which solved the fault problem caused by the central single point. Cons: Network bandwidth resources are consumed in large quantities: The concurrent connection of P2P transfer makes the resources consumed in large quantities, it is easy to cause network congestion and reduce the performance of other applications. Inconvenient management: The P2P transfer is decentralized, the amount of users is huge thus it’s hard to take care of all users. Security risks of data leakage: The widely use of P2P transfer leads to someone use the loopholes in the system to invade user privacy and destroy data. Some criminals even add viruses in the P2P transfer process, which poses a threat to users' computer security. The P2P transfer technology is not strong enough to satisfy enterprises’ various needs, therefore, there must be a breakthrough. According to whether the clients are in the same network environment, the difficulty degree of P2P transfer technology is different. What modern technologies can be used to optimize and how to optimize? Let's continue to explore the principle of P2P technology and try to find a breakthrough. P2P technology upgrading Based on NAT+Raysync The transmission protocol of Raysync has abandoned the use of transmission messages as both byte counts and TCP protocol. With its revolutionary UDP transmission method, Raysync overcomes faults in existing TCP-based file transfer protocols . The transmission speed of FTP/HTTP is hundreds of times higher and is not reduced by the size of the file, transmit distance, or network difficulties. Raysync can offer secure internal and external sharing of data, enabling you to securely upload, download and edit files on a user-friendly interface. Send huge files via mobile devices and web browsers in every location and anywhere. Characteristics Raysync transmission protocol may make full use of a broad network of bandwidths for the fastest transfer of data. It can enable users in the huge data distribution application scenario to finish the big data transfer in the least time. The multi-channel parallel transmission feature of the link is supported by RaySync Transmission Protocol. When a client interfaces between point B and point A, a multiplicity of unrelated data streams can quickly be transferred in Parallel via the multi-parallel channel property. The transfer of these data streams does not require the handshake connection process, which considerably enhances the transmission in real-time. Raysync transmission protocol is UDP-based and may transit over various NAT devices smoothly. Here we divided into two situations for analysis: On the same network Assume that the internal network interface is 1000M, the LAN bandwidth is 10M, and the bandwidth utilization rate is 50%. Client A and Client B are in the same network environment, as shown in the following figure. If the traditional file transfer method is adopted, the A user needs to upload the file to the server first, and then B can download it from the server, there only 10M network bandwidth will be utilized in the whole transfer process. While through point-to-point transfer, A and B can directly establish a connection, file transfer makes full use of the network bandwidth of 1000M, and the transfer efficiency can be improved by 100X. Figure 2. P2P technology on the same network Raysync combined the P2P technology with Raysync ultra-high-speed transfer protocol, the network bandwidth is fully utilized up to 96%. The file transfer process is accelerated, the TB-level big data and massive data transfer have never been easier. Figure 3. P2P technology upgrading Based on NAT+Raysync On the different network Client A and client B are in two different network environments, and they need to try to connect with the target end to judge whether they can penetrate the network to establish communication. The P2P transfer between two clients will be different according to different clients. Several common P2P transfer methods through middleware include Relaying, Connection reversal, UDP hole punching. Through the following characteristic comparison table, we can simply grasp the characteristics and application scenarios of these methods. Table 1. Characteristics and compassion table According to the methods listed above, Raysync P2P transfer will try to connect with the recipient end in priority. If it is failed to connect, it will be connected by reverse connection or UDP punching. If it is still failed to connect, then the server transfers will be adopted. Raysync will automatically select the best transfer mode in the whole process, reduce the network burden and make full use of network resources. Besides, the P2P transfer based on UDP needs to consider the type of NAT, because the penetration ways of different NAT combinations are not consistent, some can penetrate, while some cannot. Figure 4. P2P technology on the different networks Digging deep into NAT penetration technology, Raysync combines more than 10 NAT penetration technologies with Raysyncb ultra-high-speed transfer protocol and simultaneously applies on P2P transfer. In practical application, the penetration effect of these 10 NAT combinations can meet the current P2P transfer needs. Even in the face of a few impenetrable situations, Raysync may still be able to improve the transfer efficiency and find the optimal solution for P2P transfer. A More Universal P2P Transfer through Innovation on Speed and Management Transfer acceleration ensures efficiency improving In the point-to-point transfer, the patented Raysync ultra-high-speed transfer protocol is adopted. This protocol can eliminate the bottleneck at the bottom layer, it is immune to limitation of the traditional network and hardware, fully utilize the network bandwidth, and realize ultra-low latency, high speed, and end-to-end output service, the transfer rate is improved by nearly one hundred times, thus easily achieves the safe, controllable and stable transfer of TB-level large files and massive small files. Figure 5. P2P technology on the different networks about penetration and acceleration Comparison of the point-to-point transfer efficiency Test environment: Shenzhen-Beijing, network latency 35ms~45ms, packet loss rate 1% Server: Alibaba cloud Shenzhen, CentOS 8.3, 2 vCPU 4 GiB, bandwidth 100M, SSD disk ClientA: Alibaba cloud Shenzhen, CentOS 8.3, 2 vCPU 4 GiB, bandwidth 100M, SSD disk ClientB: Alibaba cloud Beijing, CentOS 8.3, 2 vCPU 4 GiB, bandwidth 100M, SSD disk File transfer is automatic For team collaboration, Raysync supports automatically receive point-to-point files from your partners. Compared to the traditional P2P transfer method, Raysync saves your time spend on manually file reception. The auto file reception can be realized with one click to enable the “Allow to receive transfer files from partners” button. A data asset is strictly monitored The admin user can monitor every single task in the admin console. Enter Raysync admin console – Point-to-Point transfer, you could view the point-to-point transfer account, IP, task name, receiver ID, country, states, city, total file transmission quantity, and transmission speed. In the meantime, it supports viewing the details of the point-to-point transfer task being transmitted and stopping the operation, and supports one-click viewing and downloading for historical transfer tasks. All files and individuals traceable, each P2P task can be controlled by the admin. The comprehensive upgrade made by Raysync on P2P transfer overcomes the drawbacks of file and user management, enables point-to-point transfer to better meet the enterprise needs, and helps enterprises manage data more efficiently. Bank-level data security Based on the needs of customers in industries such as film and media, IT Internet, Raysync adopts AES-256+TLS encryption technology between client and server to guarantee end-to-end data security. Aiming at the port problem, Raysync only needs to expose one port, which can meet all users' access needs and greatly reduce the risk of firewall port exposure; Hash verification protection is carried out at the transfer message level, file block, and the whole file to ensure the integrity of the transfer content. The optimization made by Raysync on point-to-point transfer, which has outstanding performance in performance, reliability, and security. The upgraded management design meets the needs of modern enterprises. As a one-stop solution provider for large file transfer, Raysync can be used as a tool for enterprises to realize fast file cooperation, and can also be used as an enterprise data management platform to provide data transfer services for industries such as film and media, finance, IT Internet, etc.
In real life and work, various applications such as Internet social networking, audio, and video are constantly producing files every day. These files may be as large as 1TB, or as large as a large number of small files. At present, the bottleneck of transmitting massive small files is IO performance. The reason is that the filehandles need to be opened/closed frequently in the transfer of massive small files, but there is very little to read and write after the files are opened. As follow, we use FTP, a traditional file transfer tool, and Raysync, a professional file transfer software, to conduct a comparative test. Test environment: Beijing Alibaba Cloud-new york Alibaba Cloud Test files: 100,000 small files Configuration: 4 core 8G memory Bandwidth: 200MB/S Packet loss: 5% Latency: 200ms The test data is as follow: The data shows that FTP takes 168 hours to transmit 100,000 small files across the country. After using professional file transfer tools, the speed is reduced to 1 minute and 50 seconds, and the transfer time is improved by 5,522 times. Raysync - the advanced file transfer solutions - 100 times faster The transfer speed is hundreds of times faster than FTP and HTTP, which maximizes the bandwidth and improves the file transfer efficiency. - Excellent files transfer technology The new disk I/O optimization technology provides high-speed reading and writing guarantee for massive small files, which is 5522 times faster than FTP. - Oversized files flow at high speed Fast transfer of GB\TB\PB-level large files and Raysync self-developed accelerated transfer technology makes the transfer timeliness increase by 272 times. - Enterprise-class stability and reliability Intelligent compression, breakpoint resume, automatic error retransmission, and other mechanisms ensure stable and reliable transfer in an ultra-remote and weak network environment. - Bank-standard security protection Based on SSL encryption transfer protocol and financial AES-256 encryption transfer technology, data security is guaranteed. Raysync, as the leading brand of enterprise-level large file transfer, has been focusing on providing one-stop big file send solutions for enterprises since its establishment. Specializing in solving large file share problems such as enterprise-level large file transfer, massive small file transfer, transnational file transfer, intelligent two-way synchronization, P2P accelerated transfer, database disaster recovery backup, multi-client concurrent transfer, object storage solution, one-to-many, and many-to-many heterogeneous data transfer.
Raysync is honored and proud to have participated in the Data Mover Challenge and have won the award, Best Virtualisation Support. About DMC2021 DMC2021, Data Mover Challenge 2021, is an international competition organized by the National Supercomputing Centre . SCA is an annual national conference organized by HPC centers in Australia, Singapore and Japan, and includes a series of prestigious supercomputing events whose main goal is to promote the vitality and relevance of the Asian HPC ecosystem. The competition focuses on optimizing point-to-point data transfers between sites. This requires participants from around the world to compete by deploying the best software tools on Data Transfer Nodes set up in existing international networks across the globe. DMC2021 Jury The DMC2021 jury consisted of experts and professionals in the field of networking and data transport, including: Andrew Howard, Cloud Systems Manager, National Computational Infrastructure , Australia Cees de Laat, Professor, Informatics Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Eric Pouyoul, Network Engineer, Energy Science Network , USAFrancis Lee Bu Sung, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University , SingaporeLawrence Wong, Emeritus Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore , SingaporeTim Chown, Network Development Manager, Jisc, UK DMC2021 Winning Team Team MUSASHINO --- Most Innovative and Best IPv6 Performance Arcitecta --- Most Complete Solution and Best Software Architecture Fast Is Good – Raysync --- Best Virtualisation Support Globus --- Best Integrated Software Experience Ciena-iCair-UETN --- Best Long-Distance Performance AND Overall Winner Through fierce competition, Raysync Team, Fast is Good, was awarded Best Virtualisation Support. As Mr. Andrew Howard, Deputy Director of Cloud Services at National Computing Infrastructure Australia and Chief Judge of the DMC21 judging panel said, "The DMC judging committee was presented with an interesting range of participants who each had a unique approach to the challenge. The winning solutions covered the spectrum of network technology and the quality of the entries were highly regarded by the judging panel, with each presenting its own merits in various use cases." Each outstanding team has more strengths, and this is not only a competition, but also an opportunity for team to team communication and technology to technology to improve each other. What does Raysync do at DMC2021? In this competition, each top team was required to demonstrate the following capabilities: Ability to adapt to the system. Coordinate various data transfer protocols. Demonstrate data management entities. Provide security and identity management. Demonstrate real-time predictive analytics and system monitoring. Runs on a global R&E network infrastructure to produce real-world data transfer results. Team Fast is Good has been working together to break through the tough spots with a solution-focused on effectively delivering large data sets through firewalls and impaired networks. Our solutions including High Performance Computing cluster, AI storage and enterprise IT solutions, serving research institutes, manufacturing, engineering R&D, oil & gas and creative companies. We provide both cloud and on-premise solutions end-to-end system integration services. This solution cannot be achieved without our key partner, Robust HPC, a team from Malaysia that specializes in providing high performance solution. Based on the team's years of deep technology and experience in data transfer, the system is capable of initiating large, reliable bulk data transfers at 62.8 Gbps under 100 Gbps bandwidth. This award for the Best Virtualisation Support is the best affirmation of Raysync's continuous efforts and transmission solutions. In the future, Raysync will also continue to optimize and come up with better data transmission solutions. Committing to pushing the data transmission technology forward continuously. About Raysync Raysync, focusing on big file transmission acceleration and network optimization, uses UDP transfer technology, which is 100 times faster and more stable than traditional large file transfers. With AES-256 and SSL encryption to ensure data is secure and leak-free, Raysync seamlessly integrates with the SDK for ease of use and has established long-term relationships with Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and others, making it a widely recognized and trusted file transfer solution. Raysync will continue to improve our technology and try our best to promote the development of big data transmission!
Data movement is exactly what it sounds like: moving data from one place to another. We rely on various channels to communicate online, so we leave too much data behind, including data, files, etc. These become our important assets, so data to be moved is very important. In this article, we will analyze the definition of moving data, risks and challenges, and introduce some common data movement solutions. What's data movement? Data movement, is the ability to move data from one location to another within an organization using techniques, such as Extract, Transform, Load, Extract, Load, Transform , Data Replication, and Change Data Capture , Its purpose is mainly for data migration and data warehousing. The principle and importance of moving data In generally, the are two ways: replication and synchronization. Replication Provides a reliable and cost-effective way to create an accurate and up-to-date copy of your data from one or more sources that can be made available to anyone who needs access to it, no matter when or where they work. You can maintain control of the replicated database with flexible configurations for archiving and retention rules, data movement and breathing, and storage. Your data remains available for use in the original application or with analytics tools installed. Synchronization Keep replicated data up to date so users and applications have the best information available when working with it. You can update the replicated database in a batch or live configuration. For many relational databases, you can use the Change Data Capture feature to instantly synchronize new data. What are the risks and challenges of data movement? Because data is so valuable, it’s important to carefully plan and execute its migration. Issues during data movement can corrupt data, causing errors and inefficiency when it finally reaches its destination. Data Security Security is another common concern when dealing with data, especially for organizations that handle sensitive personal information like addresses, medical history, and the like. Make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure a secure data transfer. For an online movement, that could mean data encryption. Data Loss Risk During the data migration process, data loss can occur. When the data is migrated to the new system or target system, some of the data may not migrate over from the source system. Extended Downtime Risk The risk of extended downtime comes when the data migration process takes longer than expected. During the migration process, the source system is not active, so this poses potential risks for organizations and stakeholders. Capacity Issues Some businesses also run into trouble if they try to fit in data migration on top of their regular day-to-day work. Data migration can seem straightforward, but it’s still a very important undertaking that needs to be taken seriously. Methods of data movement Xplenty Xplenty is a cloud-based data integration platform. It is a complete toolkit for building data pipelines. It provides solutions for marketing, sales, customer support, and developers. These solutions are available for the retail, hospitality, and advertising industries. Xplenty is an elastic and scalable platform. Raysync Raysync is a software-based file transfer solution for accelerating the transfer process and improving the work efficiency of enterprises. Raysync provides fast file transfer solutions that are perfect alternatives to FTP. By adopting the patented UDP protocol, Raysync delivers your data faster and won't over-burden your network. Our solutions enable you to send files of any size or format at full line speed, hundreds of times faster than FTP while ensuring secure and reliable delivery. Rsync Rsync is a data migration tool for transferring data across computer systems efficiently. It migrates data based on the timestamp and file size. Configero Data Loader Configero’s Data Loader for Salesforce is a web-based data loader application. It speeds up the activities of inserting, updating, and deleting Salesforce data. It has much-improved error handling as errors are displayed in the grid, thereby allowing direct editing of errors. Azure DocumentDB Azure Document DB Data Migration Tool is owned by Microsoft. It is an excellent tool to be used for data movement from various data sources into Azure Document DB. HDS Universal Replicator Hitachi Universal Replicator software provides enterprise-level storage system replication while delivering business continuity at the same time. It is capable of working with heterogeneous operating systems. Best Choice---Fast, Secure, and Reliable Data Movement Tool With its high-speed transfer protocol, Raysync provides all-around support for enterprises in large file interactions and cross-platform cooperation, achieving standardization within and between enterprises. While Raysync has been continuously improving its file transfer acceleration technology, it also embraces the objectives of solving enterprise file transfer management into its scope of service to a full extent, building a smart file transfer system: Data Synchronization Supports two-way file synchronization that maintains the consistency of data across multiple devices, ensuring no redundant fragmented files are produced and multi-point data sync is efficient. Point-to-point Transfer Adopts user ID to achieve point-to-point transfer, eliminating intermediate transfer for rapid file-sharing. Standard Bank-Level Encryption Technology With the AES-256+SSL+Random salt high-density encryption algorithm, even the developers are unable to recover the root password through the stored ciphertext, making sure the data security is worry-free. Audit Trails Uses transfer logs and operations logs to supervise user behavior, easily trace all operations and file content, effectively control improper usage behavior and help enterprises to achieve better file management. User-defined Management User-defined management perfectly plots out the organizational structure, supporting group management by defining regions, departments, and role-based permissions that set authority to standardize enterprise users' operation. Intelligence Nodes Management With intelligence nodes management equipped, it supports unified management of all node machines in both the internal and external network environment to monitor and collect all operation logs and data synchronously. Hybrid Cloud Storage Raysync supports more than 10 mainstream storage methods including hybrid storage effectively to assist enterprises to store, backup, migrate and synchronize their files in an orderly manner. Conclusion As a one-stop solution provider, Raysync has independently developed its core transfer technology with its professional technical teams to offer high-performance, secure, and reliable large file transfer and file management services for major enterprises.
How to Speed up Data Movement in Film Production? Interview with Mario de Oliveira, Chief IT Manager of O2 Pós
O2 Pós has 30 years in the audiovisual market, delivering projects using high scalability and quality, utilizing the latest resources in post-production. They delivered for some of the largest companies in the industry, such as Netflix, Warner, Amazon, Rede Globo, Fox, Turner, and HBO. O2 Pós counts on its massive infrastructure to handle the entire process of post-production, from lab to delivery. With more than 30 editing stations connected between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, O2 Pós works as an editing house, where it is possible to rent the station on demand, in both cities, and access the projects in a shared way. The director can be in Rio while the editor works in São Paulo. The Lab of O2 Pós The Work Environment of O2 Pós Check out the Full Interview with Mario De Oliveira: Raysync: Hi Mario! Thank you for accepting our interview! Would you briefly introduce yourself? Mario: My name is Mario, I’m a chief IT manager of O2 Pós in Brazil. And we have finding over internet some software to improve our FTP client to send you some data for our client, and we tested Raysync and it was very good. Raysync: Could you share with us your use case in data transfer? Mario: We have a small client that we need to send the data, the videos to them and we were using another large file transfer solution. We have a playback video that’s okay but the speed of the transmission is not so good. And Raysync it's very fast and best than the other large file transfer solutions. In a little over four months of Raysync usage, O2 has already transferred about 26 advertisement and entertainment projects. The transfer time had a considerable improvement. Uploading files that used to take 2h to 3h, now take between 20 to 40 minutes with Raysync, greatly improving our workflow with major players such as Netflix, Amazon, and HBO. Raysync: May us know currently how big is the transfer volume in your post-production project? Mario: About five terabytes. Raysync: The collaboration between and across the teams is important in post-production, could you please elaborate on how your team achieves high-efficient collaboration? Mario: Basically communication. On a weekly basis, we send for O2 Play, our film distribution division, Masters, Trailers, Artwork and Extras. The content we send is usually heavier and the migration to Raysync was essential in terms of file transfer speed. Another entertainment project that was one of the first featuring Raysync was the Gramado Film Festival, and the experience with receiving and uploading movies files was great in terms of organization, user creation, and speed as well. Some works of O2 Pós Some Has to Die Invisible City Raysync: Is it possible to know which projects are use Raysync for data transfer? Mario: Projects that used Raysync includes Sustagen, Renner, Kinder and Huggies. We love Raysync, it’s so good, and it's so fast. RENNER © O2 Pós Agency: Paim comunicação Direction: Fred Luz Production Company: O2 Filmes Post: O2 Pós Sustagen Kids © O2 Pós Raysync: How do you like Raysync services? Mario: Raysync did well in time optimization, besides, it also makes it easier to upload raw materials and dailies that we need to share with the editors of entertainment projects. In advertisement, our other work front, we noticed that receiving materials became faster and safer with Raysync. We use this service when we shoot outside of São Paulo, where our office is located.
According to the data collected by Box Office Mojo, film industry are facing enormous crisis in front of COVID-19, not just because of the nearly empty cinemas, but also the way the whole industry works. When the crisis hit, they have to learn to attend events virtually and cooperate remotely, resulting in many new problems in team collaboration and data exchange, etc. On BaM live which was held by IABM on 22nd September, 2021, Raysync was excited to have Ben Cheung, VP of Raysync, led a discussion on how to speed up the global transfer for film productions, uncovering the impact COVID-19 has on the film industry and the importance of fast and cost-effective file transfer and its future development. In this live event, following topics are discussed: Current situation of film production What can be done to solve those problems Case studies The future of file transfer Q&A: How do you see the future of file transfer services? At the beginning of the event, Ben analyzed the current situation of film production with some infographics showing the drastic drop-down of film box office and its revenues. Besides, massive changes were made in film production environment in order to keep the staff safe. Millions went home to work and used digital technologies to continue to execute their daily tasks. That's why a fast and cost-effective data transfer solution has become more and more important in long-distance team collaboration. What can be done to solve those problems? The data volumes that need to be shared and transferred in our daily work has soared, but the traditional TCP-based transfer solution can’t help to achieve high-efficient delivery. The best alternative UDP-based file transfer solution - Raysync Among the alternative solutions to FTP, most of them are either expensive or complicated to use. Based upon Raysync UDP high-speed transfer protocol, Raysync breaks through the bottleneck of large file transfer which satisfy enterprises’ file tranfer needs by building an intelligent transfer platform that processes and moves massive data at an unprecedented speed. Raysync’s intelligent data compression technology can also effectively reduce the network loads, providing breakpoint resume and data verification to ensure stable and reliable data transfer. The intelligent management system is able to meet the business requirements of enterprises such as data sync and backup. Best of all, Raysync provides an SMB version that starts from $599/year! Actually, it does help a myriad of enterprises in accelerating data transfer, Ben also shared two successful cases in film post-production and render farm, respectively. Case 1 – Film Post-production Challenges: Most film and television productions are edited and created by people scattered among different firms and overseas institutions, in which a large amount of audio, video, images, and other content has to be uploaded and downloaded. This mass amount of data flow has led to low efficiency of file interactions, and the delay of the production cycle may seriously affect the production efficiency. Solutions: Raysync provides the specific audio-visual content transfer solution for the film post-production industry to accelerate the transfer of a massive amount of content through Raysync’s ultra-high-speed transfer protocol. Intelligently optimize the network bandwidth and effectively reduce the network latency and packet loss caused by transnational and ultra-long distance transfer. Eventually, the final result is beyond clients' expectations. Case 2 – Render Farm Challenges: In Render farm, the daily transfer volume is around 30TB every day, the maximum number of files for dingle transfer is around 2 million. In this sense, there needs a fast and secure transfer solution integrated to Render farm. Solutions: For Render farm, Cluster storage is an important solution to large-scale data storage systems. There are hundreds of transfer nodes established to take care 200K users around the world, with the help of Raysync, the Internet bandwidth goes for 50Gbps, and the peak bandwidth utilization is up to 90%. Raysync also supports all needs for integration, like SDL, GUI, CMD, and etc. In the end, Ben shared his insight on the future of file transfer, he thinks the future of file transfer would related to the following factors, deduplication, compression, 400Gbps super-bandwidth, and machine learning. For more details and opinions, please check here to see the full story.
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