We at Vimeo offer tools and technology to host, distribute, and monetize videos. And with so many videos being created every day, our storage requirements are always on the increase. Did you ever wonder how we tackle this problem? Like you (probably), we look to the cloud; that’s where we store our video source files. Additionally, we include the location of the source file in a database with the metadata of every video on Vimeo.

Which means that serving a video is a two-step process. The first step is to query the metadata database so that we know where to look for the video file. …

Sachi Nagada

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