One of the biggest obstacles to productivity organizations face today is in file storage. Particularly, the proper way to store digital media files. Archiving data has seemingly always presented a storage issue. The advent of big data at rest and big data in motion means you need to understand how it is used and what challenges it presents. Most importantly, you need to make sure that your organization has high performance storage architecture to accommodate large streaming files.
How Media Files Are Used
Digital media files are used in a number of different settings. There is tremendous diversity in the use of these files. Platforms on which rich media files are created and used also differ quite dramatically from one organization to the next. What is consistent is that whether it is being used for music and gaming or for business intelligence, it is the end user experience that is most important.
This is true not only in speed of access but also of performance. To improve productivity, all users need zero-impact access to data quickly. They also need reassurance that the media file has maintained its integrity as it has been copied, transmitted, accessed, stored, and restored. Providing all of this while maximizing budget and staff resources has historically required a big data infrastructure, but this has changed. New methods of cost-effective file archiving have been introduced to the market. Data storage is easier, more streamlined.
The Challenge of Media Files
Video and audio files are costly to store. Their large data volumes present special big data storage challenges. They also tend to require additional performance and data integrity storage parameters. Not only do users need intuitive search capabilities that deliver immediate access, but once they have the information they need to be able to use it as it was intended.
The answer lies in a data storage management solution that emphasizes security, caching, and heavy compression. These two technologies allow data to be held in a way that both minimizes cost and maximizes the end user experience. Another challenge lies in the fact that different departments within an organization may create or use these media files in completely disparate formats and protocols. That creates a need for a storage system that can archive, accommodate and deliver to a multitude of platforms, locations and technologies quickly and seamlessly. Scale and performance are both key.
Options for Media File Storage
Simplified, intuitive data storage solutions that provide your organization with real choices and valuable tools are the best options in this case. Data archiving software that boosts the efficiency of your existing storage to cloud backup systems is ideal. As are quick and efficient stub technology to data archive appliances that can accommodate organizations of all sizes.
ShareArchiver’s media file storage and archiving solutions allow your organization to consolidate data into a tiered system that de-duplicates, compresses, and holds big data at rest. It is a low-cost, high integrity solution that provides your end users with high availability, seamless data access and high level performance to optimize productivity.
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