Five Requirements for Media Storage in a Web-Scale World

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Five Requirements for Media Storage in a Web-Scale World

by Darryl K. Taft

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Achieve Web Scale

Enterprises must achieve Web scale that doesn't compromise quality. Many traditional storage systems were simply not designed to handle the increasing format variety and object size brought on by advances in media technology. The increases in format density from standard definition and high-definition, to 4k and 8k resolution have resulted in data storage growth beyond the petabyte level for many M&E organizations. Image hosting/publishing services, video streaming sites and other content distribution organizations that rely on the integrity of their digital data need to find progressive storage solutions that can easily grow beyond Web scale.

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Ease of Deployment

Companies require ease of deployment and management that allows organizations to focus on what's important. M&E organizations are in the business of content creation, broadcasting and moreā€”not in the business of storage. By seeking out data storage systems that don't require armies of administrators to manage them, these organizations and their IT departments can take the focus off of storage and onto what matters: initiatives that improve their customer's experience.

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Enterprises need security that allows for cross-site access to digital content but doesn't leave data vulnerable to security threats or unauthorized access. While security should be a top priority for all industries and organizations, M&E companies that need data to be accessible from multiple locations and even across the globe must find secure storage systems that will also protect their critical digital assets from any form of compromise.

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Cost Efficiency

Companies also need cost efficiency that really lowers the total cost of ownership. Options such as pay-as-you-use public cloud capacity can be cost-efficient at small scale, but once M&E companies achieve Web scale, these solutions become increasingly cost-prohibitive. M&E organizations must seek out new solutions, such as distributed erasure-coding-based object storage, that eliminates the need for costly data replication, reducing capital and operating expenses.

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Always-On Flexibility

In addition, enterprises require always-on flexibility that allows for inherent changes, upgrades and growth, enabling M&E companies to effectively compete in a media-hungry, connected world. M&E companies must seek out storage solutions that allow them to avoid system downtime or exposure while upgrading, expanding or moving locations.

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Seven Key Requirements to Replace Your NAS With Cloud Storage

The economics, scale and manageability of cloud storage simply cannot be matched even by the largest enterprise data centers. Hyperscale cloud storage providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward. AWS provides eleven 9's of durability, meaning if you store 10,000 objects with Amazon S3, you can on average expect to incur a loss of a single object once every 10,000,000 years. Further, Amazon S3 is designed to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities by storing objects on multiple devices across multiple facilities. Unfortunately, until this point, cloud storage is really only useful for the data that you don't use instead of the data you actually use. In other words, cheap and deep instead of the performance of local storage. For cloud storage to go beyond "cheap...
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