5 Ways to Avoid Video Challenges with Specialty Storage

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Improved Data Management

Video data, as noted earlier, is growing exponentially, and it often needs to be kept for a long time. However, when this data is combined with traditional data, optimizing its placement (for performance and access) is a challenge. Moving the data to specialty storage solves this issue by providing intelligent storage tiering, driven by either workflow or data usage.

Video is often integrated with a business workflow – a combination of multiple applications that deliver business result. Specialized storage for video is architected to work in combination with these applications (workflow-optimized) so that data is moved to the right storage automatically.

This capability allows you to make much more efficient use of your primary storage. If you're running near capacity on primary storage, the system automatically migrates data to next-tier disk, object storage, or tape, allowing you to maintain access until your primary disk upgrade is completed.

As an example of this tiered-storage approach, content associated with completed video projects can be automatically archived on direction by an application process. The specialty storage controller is also aware of content usage, so it can automatically move data to lower-cost storage while maintaining transparent online access. These combined capabilities give the user the right quality of service while the data is stored at the lowest cost. This can even occur at initial data write – e.g., video surveillance data can be transparently moved from camera to digital tape, and only restored to disk if needed for analysis.

Video is everywhere. Mobile, analytics and the Internet of Things are driving exponential growth of video datasets. Business Insider reported that 35 billion video ads were viewed last December, representing year-over-year growth of over 100 percent.

Because video has the highest click-through rate of all digital ad formats, marketing departments are rushing to generate video sales calls to more than a billion smart devices. Video is also increasingly used for public safety, as concerns about security drive major growth in surveillance. In short, virtually every industry is seeing growth in video data to some degree.

This creates a big problem for data managers because video data storage challenges management in four ways:

  1. Performance requirements of video are not served well by traditional storage architectures
  2. Rapid video growth can overwhelm storage environments while resource utilization is masked by virtualization
  3. Use of traditional backup tools make data protection for video expensive and challenging
  4. The long-term value of video data means that this is not a temporary problem

According to Janae Lee, SVP of strategy at Quantum, high-value video data demands special treatment. Move this data to specialty storage that is architected to meet the unique demands of video, and you'll soon achieve five noticeable benefits.


Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

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