Moreover, unless a file is an exact copy of a prior video, these files do not de-dupe. But their volume and capacity will consume compute resources as the deduplication process attempts to do its (fruitless) job. Meanwhile, other non-video files are waiting to be protected.
This challenge is exacerbated by video's long useful life. This data is often high value, causing it to be saved for years. As a first step, simply identifying this data and segregating it from your normal backups will have a strong positive impact on backup schedules and costs.
Moving it to specialty storage will have additional benefits. Video-optimized storage is architected with smart metadata that only store copies of new versions as files, groupings of files, or directories are added. This model avoids the need for a traditional file walk process and optimizes the capacity of protected storage. Backups of all your data will operate more smoothly.
* Increased customer satisfaction. Having segregated video from primary storage, your applications and users will all get better data access, availability and performance. Work will complete more rapidly. Avoiding backup window overruns also means avoiding production maintenance outages or performance issues. Finally, because you won't need to respond to the challenges that this data can cause, you'll have more time to plan for the future — and to consider and deploy other options for improving quality of service. All your customers (and you!) will be happier.
* Managing data growth. Video data is growing exponentially and it needs 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 results. Specialized storage for video is architected to work in combination with these applications ("workflow-managed") so data is moved to the right storage automatically.
As an example, content associated with completed 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. This capability allows you to make much more efficient use of your primary storage. If you are running near capacity on primary, 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.
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