How to send archives to another location for storage
Q: Can we set up Xeoma in a way to have it write the archive to one location, and copy it off to another location for archival? So that we can get a high performance storage location as the primary destination, and a high capacity location as the archive.
A: Yes, there are several ways to copy archives in Xeoma to another location:
Failover: if one of main servers is down, a designated backup server will come in place of it automatically. When the malfunctioning main server is back up, work will be continued on it (available for Xeoma Standard and Xeoma Pro editions).
FTP upload: allows saving the backup archive on the server with an FTP utility.
Web Server: Saving footage to another computer.
HTTP upload to other Xeoma – allows transferring not just video to another server, but also sound and all meta data.
Each of these options has benefits in particular conditions.
Now, the choice also depends on whether or not you need to view such recordings from Xeoma’s embedded video viewer.
Only one of Xeoma modules enables view of recordings through Xeoma app or web interface: it is the “Preview and Archive” module. You need to have it in the location where you’d need to view recordings in – be it your main location or archival location. Here are a couple of examples:
a) if you’re going to view recordings from your storage location where you will be sending recordings for example with the HTTP upload to other Xeoma, you’d need to have “Preview and Archive” module on that ‘storage’ location, and connect to that location with Xeoma app for view. The main location then doesn’t have to use “Preview and Archive” – it can use for example the “Save to File” module if that fits more.
b) if you’re going to view recordings from your main server and then use HTTP upload to other Xeoma to store recordings somewhere else without view
there, you’ll need to have the “Preview and Archive module” on your main location and connect with the app to this main location for view. The ‘storage’ location then doesn’t have to use “Preview and Archive” – it can use for example the “Save to File” module for saving recordings if that fits more.
NEW: You might be interested in one more option:
“Xeoma’s parallel saving of a smaller acrhive”:
It might be perfect for ythis task with one minor drawback – the “smaller” archive can be stored at the same location as the primary recordings for now.
So you can either
a) save all recordings (main and storage) to a network disk that both the main location and the ‘storage’ location have access to. This way, main recordings are available from the main location of the network, and ‘storage’ recordings are available from the ‘storage’ location of the same network – because they both see this disk.
b) save all recordings (main and storage) to a regular drive of the main location, and use the operating system tools to regularly move the “smaller” archives to a ‘storage’ location (for example, schedule that in cron if you’re using Linux).
Contact us if you have questions in regards to your system.