InfoComm Info: Don’t Be in the Dark About “The Cloud”
No matter where you go lately, whether it’s InfoComm 2012, Best Buy or the local supermarket, you’re not likely to get far without hearing about The Cloud. Whether you call it a trend, a buzz word or the latest shiny toy, there is no denying it is a hot topic that applies as much to the Pro-AV industry as it does any other. There is no doubt that Cloud storage has been a great innovation in the field of computing, however, as with anything, there are certainly some things to keep in mind.
While the blanket concern regarding Cloud technology has revolved primarily around security and privacy issues, let’s not overlook the elements that can keep you from getting a job done, especially AV pros. There is one main point of contention: dependency. When relying on Cloud storage, you are committing to a loss of control. While your files may be secure, you are not able to decide how or where (server locations) they are stored.
Furthermore, when using Cloud technology, you obviously need an Internet connection to access your files. So, the question then becomes, what do you do when you need to access your files and the Internet connection is down? Even if it’s just a slow connection, it’s no secret that time is money and it’s rare that any professional would have either to spare.
Tape is a tried and true method of content storage that addresses all of the concerns listed above. With a compressed transfer rate of up to 280MB/sec and maximum storage capacity of up to 3TB, Maxell’s LTO Ultrium 5 data cartridge provides nearly double the capacity to hold today’s large, graphic-intensive files. Access to files is quick and easy, as a Linear Tape File System has dual partitions, one of which holds the index for quick file location while the second holds the content, and with a drag-and-drop feature, users can manage files directly on tape.
Bottom Line: When you have a job to do, the most important thing is to get it done. It doesn’t matter how, but the more control you have, the easier and more successful it will be.
If you haven’t attended Infocomm before, or if you just need a refresher on what it offers, here’s a bit of information from the official Infocomm 2012 Tradeshow website.
Enjoy, and if you’re attending, please feel free to stop by our booth (C4736) and tell us your thoughts on the show.