Asset Repositories

This special industry segment represents organizations involved in the development and production of asset repositories – a storage system for digital files that typically consist of a collection of data arranged for easy search and retrieval by a user or group of users. Asset repositories are best defined based on the size (number of files) and scope (breadth of file storage locations) of a deployment. Catalog solutions and file management programs (MS Explorer) are the most widely utilized types of asset repositories that run on desktop machines and integrate with networks. Many of these applications (such as SharePoint) have grown to service corporate networks. Once the scope of an asset repository system expands to different platforms distributed over local and wide area networks (including the Internet), the complexity and cost of the systems grow exponentially. Server based asset repositories can scale for MS Access, FileMaker Pro, and SQL based databases to large enterprise deployments of Oracle and IBM DB2. The number and types of applications that must rely on either the centralized or distributed architecture of the file management system typically define the size and scope of an asset repository.

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