age silo) rather that eliminating storage silos. 4. Integrated search is also critical, with cus- tomizable metadata stored with the object. Be wary of solutions that require a meta- data database. Ask any application developer with a large database about administration and protection of a database and they will undoubtedly have some horror story to share. There is a reason DBAs are hard to find. As the pioneer in the field of object storage, the Caringo team has been doing this for over 12 years, and the M&E field is a topic that I blog on regularly. 68 • Broadcast Beat Magazine • www.broadcastbeat.com Adrian “AJ” Herrera has over 20 years of experience bringing innovative storage, cloud and media software and services to market. With an MBA from San Diego State University and a BS in Information Systems from Chapman University, AJ serves as Caringo’s VP of Marketing.