Nearline started off being a place to ingest data to or park projects to… a bit faster than tape but capable of random access and therefore operations such as conforms. Nearline essentially keeps data safe with automated self-healing, ease of data management/scaling and the highest levels of security..
But now it is far more:
Nearline can be on-premises or off-premises – perhaps responsible for moving data between multiple geographically dispersed locations – allowing fast data intensive operations such as transcode or Nearline editing to occur. Nearline is now responsible for keeping the metadata safe as well as the data itself, enriching the metadata by examining the data dropped onto it and making that metadata available for a variety of 3rd party applications.
Object Matrix’s vision of Nearline is that it is far more than a file system. It is capable of being the “cloud storage” / multiple location storage in addition to being on-prem.
MatrixStore provides this: and we call that “Wide Area Nearline”.