Rio Broker is a stand alone software data mover that can intelligently connect NAS, FTP, Object/S3, and Spectra BlackPearl to a variety of local and cloud storage targets.
Rio was originally designed to provide an automated data mover interface for the Spectra BlackPearl product family, but over the years has expanded to include a rich job tracking engine, metadata tagging, browser based archive and restore, partial file recovery and other features to make asset centered workflows easier and faster.
Historically, clients (Media Access Managers, Video editors, file managers) would be responsible for moving data in and out of storage locations or archives. As storage became faster, and clients focused more engineering on value added features (search, metadata, proxies etc), satisfaction with speed and reliability of storage targets became an issue. The solution was to allow clients to focus on their own value add and shift the “data mover” function out of the client. It is much more efficient for a client to ask an external system to “go move this 20TB of files into my archive” rather than burdening the client with that function. This was true for Spectra BlackPearl solutions but was also developed in parallel by well known “middleware” software packages like Front Porch Digital's Diva software or SGL's Flashnet software. Many companies have used these for years and middleware has been a huge value add to the Media and Entertainment industry. In the last 5 years, however, there has been a huge shift to open standard storage, cloud storage, and object storage systems creating demand for more modern technology in this space.
The combination of Rio and BlackPearl provide storage using open standards - no vendor lock in, modern object storage interfaces, open databases with metadata tagging, broad job monitoring, and built in redundancy.