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Modernizing Archive for M&E Workflows with Swarm Object Storage

How can you modernize storage infrastructure for digital content with so many changes in M&E over the last 10 years? Object Storage is key!


Digital content and how it is consumed has dramatically changed over the last 10 years, forcing organizations to modernize their storage infrastructure. With increased file sizes (SD to 4K more than quadrupled the footprint), AI and BI engines, and on-demand access, many organizations are being forced to keep using what is basically a stop-gap solution. The balance between keeping costs low while delivering cutting-edge services to their users is an ongoing challenge.

Evaluating the Role of an Archive Storage Tier

In speaking with customers, I’ve found that many are evaluating or re-evaluating the role of an archive tier to help meet the growing demands of the business. With the cost of primary storage averaging about $1,000/per TB of NVME/Flash storage, it is easy to see why customers want to leverage a more economical tier whenever possible.

In the past, NearLine Network Attached Storage (NL NAS) has been an option, offering lower cost than Flash, but it has limited scale and requires significant administration. While less expensive than primary storage, it can still be very costly.

Tape has always been considered the standard for archive, but there is limited access, painful migrations, and constant care and feeding. The chart below compares price-to-performance ratios of common storage platforms.

Storage Cost per TB vs Performance Graph

4 Key Areas for Evaluating an Archive Infrastructure

  1. Accessibility
  2. Availability
  3. Performance
  4. Affordability

Accessibility, availability, performance and affordability are the four key areas professionals are evaluating today for archive infrastructure, and Caringo Swarm Object Storage software has a long history of delivering in all of these areas for Media & Entertainment (M&E), High-Performance Computing (HPC), and Federal Government organizations.

Let’s dive into how Swarm delivers on each of these key areas.


  • Integrates to existing workflows with support for file, cloud and web protocols in a single namespace
  • Includes a web-based, end-user content portal, allowing secure access to archive with built-in search, partial file restore, and share
  • Uses multi-tenancy to build a hierarchy based on actual organizational structure (i.e., by project, department, person, etc.)


  • Stores content in a highly available cluster with no single point of failure; standard configuration provides seventeen 9’s of uptime or more
  • Heals and maintains itself, and can be managed in just a few minutes a day
  • Takes only 90 seconds to add capacity
  • Secures data with WORM, Integrity Seals, Versioning, Encryption, Legal Hold and Identity Management System integration


  • Benchmarks over 30 GB/Sec read throughput on S3 protocols
  • Eliminates bottlenecks and clusters actually get faster as they scale
  • Takes zero IOPs to read the first byte of an object


  • Comes as a perpetual license per TB that can be deployed on industry-standard x86 servers
  • Uses a pay-as-you-grow licensing model with $/TB lower than AWS or other public clouds and no egress fees
  • Accommodates use of mix-and-match hardware with different profiles (CPU, RAM, HDD sizes), different ages or manufacturers

Learn More About Swarm

If you want to learn more about Swarm Object Storage, I recommend checking out these three webinars:

  1. Enabling On-Demand Access to Archived Video Workflows
  2. 5 Tiers of Storage for New Video Production Workflows
  3. What Your Storage Vendor Isn’t Telling You About S3

My team and I are available to help you modernize your storage archive. Contact us with questions or to set up a custom demo.

Ben Canter
Ben Canter

About The Author

Ben Canter joined Caringo in 2015, and is now Caringo’s VP of Sales. Boston born and bred, Ben has spent 20+ years in IT, 13 on the VAR side, 4 years with manufacturing, 8 years focused on Data Center technology, and 5 years in Software-Defined Storage. Ben is certified in multiple technologies including HP, IBM, Dell, VMware, Cisco, and DataCore Software and thrives on helping customers solve problems.

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