Remote Editorial

Facilis offers solutions for leveraging cloud and VPN for remote editorial. Optimized VPN and accelerated remote desktop access can enable customers to mount Facilis virtual volumes directly on remote workstations or utilize powerful on-prem workstations with fast connections to in-facility shared storage. Examples of available technology qualified for use with Facilis include:

  • Cisco Meraki Optimized VPN
  • Teradici Accelerated Remote Display
  • StorageDNA Fabric File System Synchronization
  • Resilio File System Synchronization
  • File Catalyst Accelerated Directory Synchronization

In addition to these technologies, Facilis offers exclusive toolsets in our FastTracker, Object Cloud and Facilis Edge products that enable collaboration in hybrid on-prem and remote editorial workgroups. These consist of three separate functional categories:

  1. Cloud Storage (Object Cloud)
  2. S3 Interface to Private Cloud Storage
  3. Web Upload/Download Interface (FastTracker Web)


Object Cloud

Utilizing a virtual cloud cache volume on Facilis servers, project data can be synchronized automatically to the cloud, and made available through a variety of interface options on the remote editorial desktops.

Workflow: This is either a push/pull system, requiring download to local storage on the remote desktop and upload of finished files, or a direct edit solution for very low bitrate files. This is the most cost-effective way to deploy Facilis integrated cloud storage for remote editorial.


Facilis S3 Private Cloud

S3 is a common interface for cloud storage developed by Amazon. This product uses no cloud storage, instead the administrator creates a S3 volume and copies data to it. Project data immediately appears on remote desktops through a S3 interface application, with no cloud upload required. Video and audio files may be used directly from the mounted S3 volume on the remote desktops, or downloaded to local storage in preparation for the day's work.

Workflow: Using the mounted S3 bucket, which can be a replica of a in-facility volume, projects may link directly to the files. The bitrate of the files and speed of the home and facility internet connection will determine the ability to play the files in real time. Projects and linked files can be moved to local storage on the remote desktop for better speeds. Data can be secured on a folder-basis, by user or by project, unlike public cloud storage that is only authenticated by the cloud account.


Facilis FastTracker Web

When all media in the facility is indexed into the FastTracker database, that media becomes available for users on-prem (or remote display), through VPN, and through a web browser if configured. The Web option for FastTracker enables review/browse or indexed sources, on-demand proxy generation for accessing sources through lower bitrate connections or in situations where upload/download times must be reduced (VPN or Object Cloud/Edge Sync). Proxies can be generated at the time of index or on demand directly to cloud cache for upload to Object Cloud or Edge Sync storage. When accessing through VPN, the proxy volume can be mounted instead of the source volume, and projects relinked to the proxy locations. The FastTracker Web can also download sources and proxy files to the remote desktop storage, and upload files into an on-prem server location for index and proxy to cloud cache.

Workflow: FastTracker Web fills in the gaps of VPN and cloud-based workflows, by delivering low bitrate proxy, access to all facility media through download and upload of assets that will be immediately indexed and made available to other FastTracker users. Using FastTracker in combination with VPN and/or Object Cloud/S3 Private Cloud enables several workflow opportunities for remote editorial.

Eligible Facilis servers must be running Windows 10 operating system with Facilis version 7.2 or higher, and have a valid support contract.

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**Facilis is partnering with Xen Data and Wasabi for the Object Cloud storage solution.  Wasabi has a minimum storage retention policy that means if stored objects are deleted before they have been stored with Wasabi for a certain number of days, a Timed Deleted Storage charge equal to the storage charge for the remaining days will apply.  For the pay-as-you-go pricing model, 30 days is minimum retention. This means that if you delete any media that you have uploaded within 30 days, that is still counted as storage you have used.  If you exceed the allotted amount (10TB in this case), you will be charged at the normal rate.  Our recommendation is to not delete anything within 30 days as a safeguard.