How Cloud Computing Helps Video Processing and Delivery

Cloud computing has become ubiquitous. This is true whether you’re watching videos hosted on the cloud or accessing software that resides there. It is an invaluable tool, if you leverage it properly. Let’s learn more about how cloud computing helps with video processing and delivery.

It Allows You to Provide More Bandwidth

Internet bandwidth can be compared to a highway. If you have a ten-lane road, you can open and close lanes, but you cannot increase capacity. If demand for that route is too great, everything comes to a standstill. This would cause denial of service for new customers trying to log in. Before it reaches that point, they experience interruptions and delays in the video stream. This is one way cloud computing can help with processing delivery. If the videos are hosted on the cloud, you can pay for the cloud service to copy the content to additional virtual servers and then open more ports. This is like cloning your ten-lane road to create twenty lanes. And if traffic slows down, you can delete the second highway and keep the original road open. This helps you save money, since you have to pay for the amount of memory and bandwidth you use. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, since there are trade-offs that must be made.              

It Enables Distributed Teams to Work on a Project

When your data is stored to the cloud, you can work on the files from anywhere. You could add sound effects or edit down the video, whether you’re in the office or at home. More importantly, you can give access to team members anywhere in the world. You could hire a video editor in another state or another country. You could outsource IT support to a contractor, or things like backups and IT security could be handled by the cloud service. Just don’t make the mistake of assuming that they’re backing up your data or handling account problems. Know what is included in your contract.

It Is Essential to Risk Management

When the data is stored on a single computer, it can only be accessed by the owner. While this is great for information security, it means that you could lose everything if that laptop is stolen, damaged or corrupted by malware. If the data is stored to the cloud, it isn’t at risk of individual computers are lost or hacked. An equally important advantage of cloud computing is that backing up the data you save to the cloud is easy as well as cost-effective. Backup your databases or the movie file you’re working on. As long as you back things up periodically and make certain the backups are not corrupted, you are protected from most threats. For example, someone hacking into the cloud service itself might delete the working data but not be able to touch the backups. If you have the data on your device and back it up regularly and save the old backup, you essentially have two backups. If the most recent backup failed or was corrupted, you still have a second one to work from if the working files are lost.

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