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From Bystander to Pro: Video Storage & the Nonstop News Cycle

The amount of video footage that needs to be archived indefinitely and accessed almost instantaneously is growing exponentially.

Video archives concept.
Video archives concept.

Just 40 years ago, the first 24-hour cable news network, CNN, was launched. In that same decade, the rise of the Internet took center stage. Our world will never be the same. In fact, it seems like ancient history to even speak of the daily and weekly cycles for printed news periodicals.

This Weekend’s News Cycle

The amount of news over this past weekend was astounding even by 21st-Century standards. We went from months of non-stop news about the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping our world and the first manned space flight to launch from the USA in almost a decade to video footage and reports of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd that spanned 200+ cities and towns in the United States of America, its territories, and other locations from Asia to Wales.

Changes Over the Past 40 Years in How Stories Are Recorded

Unlike the civil rights movements of the 1960s, we now have footage not just from news outlets, but from surveillance video and the body cameras of law enforcement officers and mobile phone video footage from everyday citizens. When you combine the output from all of these sources, it becomes easier to find the truth. It also means that the amount of video footage that needs to be archived indefinitely and accessed almost instantaneously is growing exponentially.

What Storage is Needed for Storing Large Amounts of Video?

It’s no secret that Object Storage is more cost-effective than NAS and SAN solutions when it comes to storing large amounts of unstructured data, such as video footage. And, if you’ve been following Caringo, you know that as the pioneers in object-based storage solutions, we have helped many organizations eliminate storage silos. This allows you to take advantage of features in Caringo Swarm such as our advanced metadata search that enables you to find your files when you need them—whether it is 4 days, 4 weeks, 4 years, or even 4 decades from now.

What Storage Provides Instantaneous Access to Video?

While it is faster to retrieve video from traditional primary storage such as SAN and NAS solutions, that model quickly fails once you amass PB+ amounts of video. Past that PB threshold, you need to consider moving your video assets to cloud-based storage, whether it is a public cloud, your own private cloud, or a hybrid cloud solution such as that offered by Caringo and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage. And, this is where features such as partial file restore and video clipping make a substantial difference for your video workflow and rate of access to your video footage.

Learn More About How Caringo Can Help with Your Video Assets

Storage is our business, and Swarm was built from the ground up for case studies such as storing massive amounts of video assets. If you need to store assets for your 24-hour news cycle or have large amounts of unstructured data that needs to be consolidated into a searchable archive, we have the resources to help. Contact us today for a customized demo, or visit our webinar home page to explore topics.

Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

About The Author

Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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