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Silex Media Strengthens Its Strategic Relationship With Quantum
Companies Team to Supply a combined archive solution to the UK's largest public broadcaster using standardized IT infrastructure
Quantum StorNext® Storage Manager, in conjunction with DAVID Systems Hydrogen Archive Catalyst (HAC), has been chosen as the platform for the storage infrastructure solution for a large archiving project at the broadcaster. Originally created by Silex Media and now further developed by its technology partner DAVID Systems, HAC provides the necessary translation between the timecodes of multiple broadcast video and audio formats stored within a digital library and their corresponding byte off-sets of the media files stored on the physical disk and robotic tape storage. Additionally it manages the communication and transfer of files to and from the broadcast production software which make requests to the archive.
Helmut Scherer, Professional Services Director of Silex Media explained, "We are seeing a growing trend within our broadcast customer community to use more and more open standards based IT infrastructure where possible. This provides economies to them not just in infrastructure costs, but more so on the training and ongoing maintenance, as well as enabling multipurposing of infrastructure." He went on to add, "Quantum StorNext is not just open, but also best-of-breed. When we combine it with an innovative tool like DAVID Systems HAC, it enables a broadcaster to retain their specialised media workflow requirements whilst at the same time take advantage of standardised infrastructure and the benefits this brings."
This solution is particularly important to the broadcaster in enabling partial restore capability, when small clips are requested from much larger full-length media files stored in the digital library. For example, if a 10 second clip is needed from a 1 hour documentary, it is much more efficient on all IT infrastructure resources to retrieve the clip rather than the entire file, especially on the scale of a large broadcaster. The combined StorNext - HAC solution was chosen because of the proven close integration of both applications as well as the simple interfacing architecture that enabled it to fit with low overhead into the existing solution design. Over the next few years, the project is expected to grow to many Petabytes of archived media files stored on a mixture of both tiered disk and robotic data tape libraries.
Ewan Johnston, EMEA Software Solutions Director from Quantum commented that "The HAC from DAVID Systems allows StorNext to recognise the time code requests from broadcast specific software and provides partial file restore from the archive". He went on to add "... on a larger-scale across the whole organisation, this will certainly help alleviate unnecessary loads being placed upon both network and storage infrastructures."
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