Easy access by link: Videos hosted in Object Storage can be easily integrated into an application or added to a web page. At the same time, users get access to the video by URL, that is, a regular link – this is convenient for online cinemas, schools, TV channels, and media.
Loading video in parts: Another plus of object storage is efficiently working with large files by downloading videos in detail. This function is called Multipart.
Thanks to this approach, there is no need to store large temporary files at the video processing site, and the network is not overloaded by downloading large files. As a result, many videos can be transcoded at the same time.
Convenient video transcoding: In the cloud, you can encode videos for different resolutions. At the same time, resources for the process are allocated automatically, taking into account the number of videos, and you pay only for the capacity used with an accuracy of a second. To significantly speed up transcoding, you can use cloud computing based on high-performance GPU processors. Can store rich sources and already processed files in object storage.
Substantial Savings On Video Content Storage
With cloud object storage, you only pay for the space you use and outbound traffic: that is, the number of videos uploaded to users. You can choose the storage mode with the cheapest bandwidth for videos and other content that you want to distribute to viewers.
Let’s compare the cost of traditional and object storage in the cloud using the example of several providers:
- Disk storage HDD for 1 TB costs ~ 4,000 rubles. At the same time, the utilization of reserved disks is about 60%; that is, you can place about 614 GB of data in a 1 TB storage. This means that you will need to buy more disks to store 1 TB – this will cost ~ 9,000 rubles. Outgoing traffic is not charged in this case. However, the storage price is costly.
- Hosting 1 TB of information costs ~ 1,750 rubles per month in cloud object storage for video content. The warehouse is 100% utilized; no additional capacity needs to be paid. Incoming traffic is free. If we consider outgoing traffic, you will pay ~ 9,750 rubles per month for storing 1 TB of data and 10 TB of outgoing file volume.
However, when calculating the cost of storing and distributing data in different types of storage, you need to consider the amount of data and outgoing traffic. Reliability and speed of video content distribution are also important.
As we said above, the system should not fail with many simultaneous requests, and the video should not freeze. With petabytes of outgoing traffic, hot object storage can be more expensive at the initial count than an HDD, in which only the amount of data is charged. However, things are different when you factor in the cost of disruption, downtime, slow downloads, and lost customers. Object storage in these moments bypasses traditional storage systems, which do not cope well with such loads.
Fast Delivery Of Content To Users And Playback Without Delays
One more thing: reliable and efficient storage is not enough for the fast loading of videos. The latency is also affected by the distance from the user to the server where the content is stored.
To solve this problem, they came up with a CDN – a content delivery network. The technology works like this: content is duplicated on intermediate nodes – servers located in different geographic zones. As a result, for residents of Vladivostok, the video will be uploaded from a site located in the Primorsky Territory – there will be no delays.