Whether a training session, earnings meeting, or product demo, video is too important an information source to be relegated to silos. Here’s how to turn it into searchable, reusable content–without busting your storage budget.
For roughly 15% of respondents to our 2012InformationWeek State of Storage Survey, rich media (broadly defined as video, audio, and images, of which video is by far the largest file type) is gobbling Tier 2 and Tier 3 storage space at a good clip. And video and imaging data isn’t just big, it’s persistent: About a third of respondents save rich media content for two to eight years, 20% keep these files indefinitely, and 30% don’t have a policy–which usually translates to “forever.”
Video, while undeniably popular, has some nasty attributes: The files aren’t easily searchable, and the content tends to originate from a hodgepodge of special-purpose applications that are often procured and operated under our radar. Ballooning video stores could mean a return to the data silos we’ve spent a lot of time and energy busting up, something no one wants. The only way to avoid that is to manage video as a data asset; after all, it’s potentially a treasure trove of idle knowledge.
Surveillance systems are probably the largest source of video data. Our 2012 InformationWeek Physical/Logical SecuritySurvey shows that cameras are second only to fire and burglar alarms among physical security systems respondents have in place. The importance of this data is clear: 61% have reviewed video security footage or provided it to law enforcement.
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