The keynote address Monday at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver — where the world’s data center admins and engineers discuss the evolution of the data center — was ostensibly about “Connecting the Clouds to Create Huge Value.”
The idea is this: If various cloud service providers (CSPs) and on-premise data centers shared identity and access management, then end users could conduct business using huge data assets and never have to know they’re working with a half-dozen or so CSPs.
Monday’s demo seemed to make that point reasonably well. It involved a simulated movie production unit whose interests included sharing terabytes of video data securely, across clouds stationed on multiple continents, without their edits becoming the sneak preview feature on a torrent site hosted on some offshore oil rig.
“The way that TV and film [are] made is changing dramatically,” said Jonathan Bryce, the OpenStack Foundation’s executive director, in opening up this week’s Summit. He presented a graph showing the rapid growth of the film production industries in Africa and Asia, and explained that for each 44 minutes of finished content produced for television, enough footage may exist for 216,000 minutes if played sequentially end-to-end.
Borrowing Bryce’s math, that’s about 2,461 TB of video files, per program. (Add commercials and you’re probably quadrupling that figure.)