Two Approaches: Hardware Versus Software
Of course, any solution for media management will be composed of both hardware and software; the two go hand in hand. However, two slightly different approaches are taken by the largest players in the media management market:
In software-based systems, the bulk of the workcapturing, converting, and cataloging assetsis performed by specialized software running on industry-standard server hardware. The advantage of this method is that you can leverage some of your existing servers and upgrade features of the management system without additional investment in hardware. Some specialized components, such as video capture, still require specialized hardware; however, these systems emphasize choice and can usually accommodate a variety of off-the-shelf components for capture.
Hardware-based systems consist of one-stop solutions that incorporate capturing hardware, encoding hardware, and software into one proprietary system. The advantage of these systems is ease of integration (and sometimes cost).