Legacy middleware is sinking… and was once considered the best available technology for storing media and entertainment content. As the media
and entertainment market has evolved, middleware has struggled to keep pace with the openness, fexibility and
cost-effectiveness that broadcasters, post-production houses and content creators require of their storage systems.
Middleware’s nickle-and-dime cost structure greatly impacts a user’s budget and includes many line items such as
uncapped support charges, system management, administration, as well as exorbitant nearline storage, tape and ejected
tape licensing. Servers must continually be updated, and require OS licenses, adding to costs and management. Coupled
with middleware’s proprietary nature, vendor lock-in and other complexities, it is no wonder why middleware is sinking.