One of the first questions that should be asked when designing a video system is “how important is the video?” One customer may only need their video stored for a short period of time, while others need a mission-critical solution with high-availability and system failover protection.

A tradeoff of cost and needed functionality is at the center of decisions when buying server systems for video applications. Identifying specifically what the customer needs from the system, and how important it is to meet those needs, points to the right choice in video server equipment. Various technologies have advantages and some downsides, and it is the customer’s need for those advantages (and tolerance for the downsides) that determines which server equipment is right for the job.

Tom Larson, Chief Technology Officer, BCDVideo

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