Ask HighScalability: How do I organize millions of images?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:30PM
Brad Baker in image solution, images, organization, storage

Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to store millions of images? Currently images are stored in a MS SQL database which performance wise isn't ideal. We'd like to migrate the images over to a file system structure but I'd assume we don't just want to dump millions of images into a single directory. Besides having to contend with naming collisions, the windows filesystem might not perform optimally with that many files.

I'm assuming one approach may be to assign each user a unique CSLID, create a folder based on the CSLID and then place one users files in that particular folder. Even so, this could result in hundreds of thousands of folders. Whats the best organizational scheme/heirachy for doing this?

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