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All right. Well, an important step in developing an effective digital asset management workflow or strategy is considering how you want to save and store your files. And here what I want to do is talk about two traditional approaches, and I want to talk a bit about the pros and the cons of each. In the next movie, I'll give you a few recommendations, but here I really want to try to understand the concepts of these two different approaches. All right. Well, on my far right, you can see I have a number of different drives. Well, many people choose this approach.
They work with a lot of different types of hard drives. This approach typically is referred to as JBOD. That stands for Just a Bunch Of Drives. And this is a great approach because, well, it's really inexpensive and flexible. Once you fill up a drive we'll just buy another and then another and another. The downside of course is that if you think about this over the long haul, you end up having a lot of hard drives, and you may not be really sure how old a hard drive is or how well it's functioning because you have so many different variables.
Yet on the positive side, it's flexible and it's typically pretty inexpensive. Another approach is to use a RAID device. Here I have two different RAID devices. One which was made by G-Tech another one by Drobo. All right. Well, what is a RAID drive? Well, RAID stands for Random Array of Inexpensive Drives. I know those are kind of funny acronyms, but a RAID essentially is used for either two reasons: one is speed or two is security. And here I'm talking about it more from the secure perspective.
Let's say with this Drobo. I'll go ahead and open up the front cover and what you'll see is that here I have a number of different bays which are full of hard drives. And what happens with the RAID like in these scenarios here is that when I copy an image to this drive it actually parses it out. It spreads it out across these hard drives, so that if I'd lose one hard drive, I won't lose that image. On the other hand, if I'm working in this scenario, if this hard drive dies, whatever is on that hard drive goes with it.
So a RAID has built-in redundancy. So why then wouldn't everyone go for working with a RAID system? Well, typically, it costs a bit more. So again, there are pros and cons to both approaches. One is flexible, perhaps a bit more economic, the other one is more secure. So which one will work best for your workflow? Well, that's really up to you, but what you need to do is think strategically about how you want to store and save your images.
In other words, commit to one of these approaches and really start to think about it methodically. If I am going to go for this JBOD approach, well, how do I want to name and store and save all of these different hard drives? Perhaps you want to commit to a manufacturer so that all of your hard drives have some consistency, or maybe what you need to do is come up with a system where once you fill up a few hard drives, you buy a new one that's bigger and you take all of the data from those four hard drives and copy it to one.
In other words, you have to come up with a way to manage all of these different devices, or perhaps you're going to work with a RAID box. With a situation like that, you also need to think about, well, wow, this does have built-in redundancy. It is backing up my files for me in a more secure way. We also need to back this information up. In other words, just because you have your seatbelt on doesn't mean that you can drive recklessly. So again, as you think about these two approaches you want to consider which will work best for you.
And in the next movie, what I want to do is share with you a few recommendations, which I think will help you sort out some of these decisions, so that you can have a more effective digital asset management strategy.
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