Best practices for sharing large amounts of data
Posted on 2016-12-08
I work for a city government and our police department uses video systems that often result in large video files that need to be sent to district attorney's offices, other lawyers, etc. They had previously been burning data DVD's but now with HD video they're running into files that are larger than DVD's 4.7 gb limit. The PD wanted to invest in a bunch of blu-ray burners and we advised against it since most lawyers and other offices most likely won't have blu-ray players to read the disks, not to mention that optical drives are more or less obsolete or soon will be. Other suggestions have been to use flash drives (purchased in bulk for cheap), setup a local FTP site and let them maintain logins for it, cloud sharing, etc.
So my question to throw out there to all you experts is this - What would you consider to be the best practice for sharing large data files? Some individual files may go as large as 20 gigs in size. I'm looking for pros/cons, cost estimates, etc.