Custom File Systems as Optimal Solutions for Huge Media Data Archives and Storages

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Executive Summary

During the last decade, volume of industrial video and audio recordings has been growing exponentially. IDC, a leading market research firm estimates that total amount of stored digital information is around 2.8 Exabytes (2.8 million Terabytes) with tenfold expected growth every five years! This huge and growing volume sets difficult tasks for the industry of Media Archive Management (MAM). An amount of data, both current and archived, stored by a single TV production company can soon reach thousand Terabytes (a Petabyte). This information needs to be securely stored, managed, and, most important, quickly and efficiently searched through and accessed. This paper will not discuss pros and cons of different storage media. Instead, it will explore problems and solutions of archive storage management.

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