April 30, 2013

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Creating secure video resources increasingly important

There are a variety of issues that can interrupt the delivery of video communication tools to clients and employees. Among these are dangers from natural and manmade disasters. Businesses need to be mindful when creating and distributing their messages how their enterprise video solutions are being managed, since improper storage or weak delivery methods could allow these systems to become corrupted. What’s worse, if companies have no secondary or backup storage for these essential tools, they may not be able to recover them later.

Disaster recovery planning is a critical part of every business’s operations. It helps ensure compliance with federal records management, creates a comprehensive system that protects against all manner of outages or thefts and allows for analytics and business intelligence endeavors thanks to facilitating better backup data quality. Such assets are also vital for the ongoing maintenance of video communication tools, and as part of the corporate infrastructure, these messages are an inherent part of all disaster recovery file storage. However, the way that these assets are cared for and curated is somewhat different due to their size.

Preparing video assets for the worst
As Computer Weekly wrote, safeguarding enterprise video solutions often requires more expansive storage options than companies currently own. The ever-expanding nature of corporate infrastructure is something that most firms plan on these days to accommodate big data initiatives, yet the presence of video files themselves can create an environment that’s unfit for storing the vast amount of information a company has in its possession. The sheer size of these documents makes them unwieldy in legacy storage solutions, so upgrading to bigger and better architecture is mandatory for effective protection and management.

As the source reported, one major post-production company has implemented an expansive solution to fix its storage issues regarding the number of clients it currently services. The Mill recently added a large new storage array to its current holdings, moving to a 100 TB LTO 6 setup with a dedicated Fiber Channel connection that will allow it to receive and transmit to its customers more effectively. The company services commercial entities such as Coca-Cola and the BBC show Doctor Who, as well as a wide variety of other entities in need of video post-production services. In order for these clients to feel confident in The Mill, and for that entity to be able to safeguard such valuable assets, upgrading to new disaster recovery and data management solutions was the best possible option.

The company spent a significant amount of money to improve its current infrastructure and add more support to its enterprise video solutions. According to Computer Weekly, The Mills now employs about 300 personnel just to manage, monitor and curate its video communication and other file elements. It also changed over from a file-only architecture to a superior block-style NFS for expedited data movement and reduced latency. As any company using video tools can attest, speeding up and streamlining the video transfer process can help companies make more use of their deployments, and in this case, it also increases governance and disaster recovery protection.

Taking video protection seriously
The biggest benefit here, according to The Mill’s IT manager Stephen Smallwood, is that the file system continues to operate without fault. In many situations, upgrading disaster recovery options may not create an increased benefit in everyday operations, save that these daily-use systems can be restored at a moment’s notice if need be. The previous infrastructure set-up was cumbersome and difficult to update, making it more of a detriment to smooth workflow both for The Mill’s post-production business as well as the clients it serves. In order to provide better enterprise video solutions on both ends of the spectrum, upgrading disaster recovery solutions was an integral part of improving overall service.

Companies of all kinds should understand the importance of protecting their file assets, and video communication tools are no different. These messages are just as much of an investment as any other data product a firm might own. In the event of an outage due to natural or manmade events, these documents are also just as susceptible to loss or theft, creating a scenario where storage improvements and continuity planning need to be amped up across the board.

As ABC News pointed out, there have been a wide variety of natural disasters in the past few years that have caused widespread damage to businesses and infrastructure around the world. In cases where companies weren’t prepared for hurricanes, blizzards, floods and tsunamis with adequate disaster recovery solutions, many firms were forced to close. Others suffered heavy financial losses or were otherwise unable to resume operations as fluidly as they might have otherwise had they employed sufficient data center protections.