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Chapter 6. Data

Introduction

The need to control dealing with data, files, and directories is one of the reasons IT organizations need sysadmins. What sysadmin hasn’t had the need to process all of the files in a directory tree and parse and replace text? And if you haven’t written a script yet that renames all of the files in a directory tree, you probably will at some point in the future. These abilities are the essence of what it means to be a sysadmin, or at least to be a really good sysadmin. For the rest of this chapter, we’re going to focus on data, files, and directories.

Sysadmins need to constantly wrangle data from one location to the next. The movement of data on a daily basis is more prevelant in some sysadmin jobs than others. In the animation industry, constantly “wrangling” data from one location to the next is required because digital film production requires terabytes upon terabytes of storage. Also, there are different disk I/O requirements based on the quality and resolution of the image being viewed at any given time. If data needs to be “wrangled” to an HD preview room so that it can be inspected during a digital daily, then the “fresh” uncompressed, or slightly compressed, HD image files will need to be moved. Files need to be moved because there are generally two types of storage in animation. There is cheap, large, slow, safe, storage, and there is fast, expensive storage that is oftentimes a JBOD, or “just a bunch of disks,” striped together RAID 0 for speed. ...

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