Former Sony Pictures
and Ascent Media technologist to assist in launch of software-defined workflow systems
for managing high-resolution and high-frame rate data files.

LOS ANGELES—Daystrom Technology Group, a California-based
specialist in high-performance workflows and durable storage, has hired Steven
B. Cohen as Solutions Architect to lead their new 4K workflow automation and
storage initiative. Cohen brings broad expertise in digital technologies for
film and television production through posts with Sony Pictures Studios, Ascent
Media Group, Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition and Cohen Communications,
As Solutions Architect, Cohen will enable broadcasters, post-production
facilities and next-gen media distributors to orchestrate multiple 4K pipelines
optimizing the performance of current and future investments.  He will provide content creators the ability
to manage storage and networking resources into cost-effective workflows based
on an open-standards, software-defined architecture.

“Steven has been working at the forefront of digital
technology for decades, making him the ideal person to lead our effort in the
new frontier of 4K,” said Paul Evans, Principal Architect and Founder, Daystrom
Technology Group. “He enjoys broad respect across the entertainment industry
and will be a valuable resource to our studio clients in implementing elegant,
cost-effective data-management solutions.”
“4K workflows, and the volume of data that they create,
present some of the biggest challenges faced by content creators today,” stated
Cohen. “Daystrom has developed software-defined tools that automate 4K
workflows (Workflow-On-Demand/Infrastructure-as-a-Service), while incorporating
our new scale-out storage hardware that is secure and self-healing with
adaptive-performance, geo-tiering and capacity-predictability.  With this combined solution, Daystrom
provides hardware and software that enables efficient and data-durable 4K
Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in developing
technologies for content creators, including solutions for sound and picture
editorial, on-set dailies review, digital cinema distribution and media
storage. He most recently served as Senior Account Executive at Aberdeen LLC, a
server and storage integrator. His background also includes employment as
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Maya Digital Studios,
India’s oldest animation studio; Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technologist
of Raging River Corporation, a specialist in digital content delivery; Vice
President of Feature Services for Ascent Media Group; Vice President, Sales and
Development for Sony Pictures Studios; and Founder of Cohen Communications,
Inc.  Cohen has provided technology
solutions to many leading filmmakers, including James L. Brooks, Michael Bay,
Tony Scott, David Fincher, Gore Verbinski and Bret Ratner. He is a member of
AMPAS, ATAS and the ASC Technology Committee.
Since joining the Daystrom team, Cohen is tasked with the
implementation of a new network and storage infrastructure for the 4K
Vendor/Partner area of Sony Electronics’ Digital Motion Picture Center. The new
infrastructure will use 4K software-defined control to alter its configuration
dynamically in response to scheduling and system needs. The system will be
capable of ingesting, protecting, processing and delivering content across a
range of resolutions, platforms and geographic locations.
About Daystrom Technology Group
in 1994 on the San Francisco Peninsula, Daystrom serves clients with
exponential growth of unstructured data, particularly in the media, sciences,
and energy sectors.  As a strategic advisor and expert integrator of
scalable systems for digital assets and big data, Daystrom specializes in
end-to-end system designs focused on modular, scale-out tiered storage, data
durability, and adaptive performance. Daystrom designs also enable
geo-predictability and secure, self-healing capabilities in support of high
frame rates and other developing high-throughput needs. 
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