Digital Asset Management (DAM) Buyers Guide

What is Digital Asset Management? Digital asset management (DAM) is a process for organizing, storing and retrieving rich media and managing digital rights and permissions. Rich media assets include photos, music, videos, animations, podcasts and other multimedia content. A DAM will allow you to take control of how assets are catalogued, managed, and accessed within a single repository. DAM as … Read More

How to shop for your DAM Software

Your digital assets are extremely important if not essential to your company.  When you consider letting someone else manage there are things that you need to consider before making this important decision. Are my assets safe? Redundancy everywhere!  More than having 2 copies of each asset, but each integral piece of hardware needs redundant components.  Does the datacenter have redundant … Read More

Behind Digital Asset Management: Database Fault-Tolerance

Last time we discussed security – how can you be sure that your digital assets aren’t available for unauthorized eyes to see. This week we’ll discuss how the technology ensures that, even during a hardware failure, you never lose access to the files in your digital asset management system.

Behind Digital Asset Management: Database Security

How are my digital assets protected from any outsiders? If my digital assets become public it would be a huge problem, why should I believe a system is safe? First, let’s talk about “firewalls”. Basically firewalls are boxes thru which network traffic passes, and they look at each packet and decide (based on rules) whether to pass a

Behind Digital Asset Management: n-Tier Database Architecture

So far in this series, we’ve discussed the basics of databases, how to achieve increased speed, and how to maximize efficiency with relational databases. In this week’s installment we will discuss the architecture of a well-designed digital asset management system. OK, so someplace out there my database lives with all of my digital assets. I sit here with my laptop.

Behind Digital Asset Management: Relational Databases

In the past we’ve discussed some of the basics of database technology, today we’ll talk about increasing the efficiency of a digital asset management system by using a relational database at its core. So what exactly is a “relational database”? Remember back when we introduced the concept of a database, and mentioned there

RAID Systems in Digital Asset Management

One term you may come across as you investigate digital asset management systems (or any other large computer system) is RAID. You wouldn’t be alone if you had no idea what that actually means. The literal meaning of the acronym is Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. I bet that didn’t help much, did it? At its core,

Digital Asset Management – Fault-Tolerance

If you work around computer systems with any regularity, you’ll hear the phrase “fault-tolerance” quite a bit. You realize it’s got to be a good thing, but what does it mean? Is it something you need for your systems? Fault-tolerance is the general term that describes how quickly an important application can recover from a hardware failure, software problems or … Read More