EcoDigital to Showcase Updates to DIVA Software Suite at IBC2019

At IBC2019 (Hall 8, Stand B13), software company EcoDigital will exhibit a newly updated version of its DIVA software suite, the world’s leading and most trusted object management system for media. The two major enhancements to DIVA solutions include dynamic support for AWS cloud storage, which makes the software suite cloud-agnostic, and a new partial file restore (PFR) from cloud storage capability. EcoDigital also has created dedicated service and support offerings for the DIVA solutions suite.

“By heavily committing to new R&D, we’re ensuring that the DIVA solutions suite is right where our customers need it to be,” said EcoDigital Chief Technology Officer Geoff Tognetti. “At IBC2019, we will highlight two critical updates that ensure utility across major cloud services and extend valuable partial file restore capabilities to cloud devices. With these and other enhancements, DIVA solutions keep up with — and ahead of — industry trends, particularly in terms of enabling users to leverage their preferred cloud storage more simply and effectively.”

 

“With these recent enhancements now and major developments to the base DIVA products in the future, we will allow our clients to remain agnostic so they can select the cloud environments and on-premises archival storage devices that best meet their needs. DIVA is truly the center of the client ecosystem. When technology changes, proprietary storage products become obsolete, or a change in vendor becomes necessary, DIVA allows you to gain your independence with no interruption to established workflows.”

AWS Cloud Storage Support

In addition to supporting Microsoft and Google cloud offerings, the DIVA solutions suite now also supports the AWS cloud. Because DIVA solutions can now “talk” to any cloud provider anywhere, users are free to work with any system or cloud. Free from any proprietary standards, protocols, or storage types, DIVA will track an object within any cloud service. This flexibility helps to streamline workflows that bridge on-premises and cloud deployments.

PFR On-Cloud and On-Premises Object Storage

PFR has been an integral part of DIVA solutions for a long time, and now users can apply this functionality to many types of cloud and on-premises object storage. As users restore content, PFR allows them to select just a small segment of a video clip rather than the whole file. PFR can translate to significant savings in bandwidth and retrieval costs. By restoring only the video they need, DIVA users can minimize the costs of taking data out of the cloud.

Along with Amazon S3 Glacier cloud storage support and PFR for cloud and on-premises object storage, EcoDigital has introduced expanded support for Linux operating systems, as well as numerous ease-of-use updates for upgrades and new installations. Significant updates to the DIVA solutions suite, V8, will be completed and announced prior to NAB2020. New product lines and applications that are under development will also be announced.

EcoDigital was formed in June 2019 by its executive team to acquire the DIVA software suite and continue ongoing development, sales, and support of DIVA solutions. Since its founding, the company has launched an R&D division in the United States and created a new solutions group dedicated to integrated global support and development. EcoDigital also is expanding its reach into the video surveillance, government, and education markets.

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Tiger Technology showcases collaborative storage and workflows at IBC 2019

Tiger Technology, a leader in cloud storage and data management for the broadcast and post-production markets, will use this year’s IBC to demonstrate its products leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). These systems are designed to help customers migrate legacy archive content from older tape systems onto cloud or hybrid cloud systems, with the goal of lowering archival costs and increasing accessibility. Tiger systems integrate with Media Translation tape-to-cloud solutions to manage the migration, as well as with Spectra Logic and Qualstar archiving and backup systems. There will also be displays of Tiger Technology’s workflow and data management tools integrated into ERA cloud storage and content creation systems.

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The Tiger partner network now includes Nexsan, a StorCentric company. Nexsan and Tiger have signed a worldwide reseller agreement, under which Nexsan will offer Tiger Technology Collaborative Content Creation and Media Management software for Nexsan storage systems. The combination of Nexsan hardware and Tiger software provides a complete, high-performance workflow platform, now available through the worldwide Nexsan sales network.

Visitors to stand 7.B58 at IBC will be able to see live demonstrations of how Tiger Technology is leveraging the power of AWS. The Tiger Technology stand will be connected to the AWS booth in Hall 5, which will be demonstrating content distribution and cloud applications among other services. Files will be restored from tape using Media Translation Inc technology and indexed by Overcast HQ cloud media asset management software, with everything integrated through Tiger Bridge.

Tiger Bridge enables key cloud storage workflows. The latest version makes retrieving data even faster than before thanks to a new partial restore feature. This enables users to gain time and save on storage space by restoring only the minimum amount of data needed. Tiger Technology has built its reputation on designing software and high-performance, secure data management systems for the enterprise IT, surveillance, media and entertainment markets. Over the last 15 years its products have been recognized by leading users and suppliers in these sectors as reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

Tiger Technology will also display Tiger Store for managing high-performance multi-user collaborative workflows; Tiger Spaces, designed for multi-user project management and Avid bin locking; and the virtual storage manager, Tiger Pool.

Among the top facilities using Tiger Technology is ENVY Post Production. “We have been using Tiger products for over eight years,” says ENVY UK technical operations director Jai Cave. “ENVY works on demanding, often fast turnaround productions and Tiger’s systems provide the capability, reliability and support we need.”

Tiger Bridge will also be shown integrated with Coeus cloud storage from UK IT workflow specialist ERA, which works with Tiger Bridge in its native form, as well as Tiger collaborative content creation tools. Stand-alone or integrated, Tiger Bridge empowers users to have the right data in the right place for the right cost.

All these products and demonstrations can be seen on Tiger Technology’s stand, 7.B58, at IBC in the Amsterdam RAI from 13 to 17 September.

Digital Nirvana Adds Cloud Storage and Processing, AI to MonitorIQ Compliance Logger

It is the first compliance logger to combine cloud services and cloud storage with on-premises compliance recording and the first to run in on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments.

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“MonitorIQ 6.1 lets today’s broadcasters do more than they ever could before. For example, they can now use cloud-based, AI-driven microservices to add transcription to video assets automatically. They can also search stored video using face detection, logo recognition, and on-screen text detection,” said Russell Wise, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Nirvana. “The integration of MonitorIQ and Media Services Portal opens up a whole new world of AI-enhanced possibilities for broadcasters to record, store, and repurpose content. Through intelligent and immediate logging and feedback of content quality and compliance, broadcasters are better-positioned to meet regulatory, compliance, and licensing requirements for closed captioning, decency, and advertising monitoring.”

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The new capabilities in MonitorIQ 6.1 are:

  • A reliable, scalable, and expandable architecture that enables on-premises, cloud, or hybrid implementation. MonitorIQ was designed to run locally as a full turnkey solution or in a virtual environment, using local customer hardware or residing in the cloud or in a hybrid configuration. MonitorIQ also provides an extensible list of open APIs for easy integration into broadcast workflows or third-party systems.
  • Seamless integration to AI-based cloud microservices that can be spun up very quickly as needed and run on top of the compliance system. Microservices include:
    – Automated speech to text for closed-caption generation and transcription.
    – Closed-caption/teletext conformance and correction to meet streaming services’ standards (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc.).
    – Powerful text and video-intelligence functions for detecting faces, logos, images, and on-screen text.
    – Detection of ads in competitive programming and identification of the category of the ad and advertisers.

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MonitorIQ 6.1 provides tight integration with Digital Nirvana’s Media Services Portal, a suite of smart self-service tools, which empowers broadcasters to apply AI capabilities to broadcast workflows. These microservices include speech-to-text for automated closed-caption generation, quality assessment for postproduction closed captioning, and transcription of recorded assets. A video intelligence engine provides logo, face, and object recognition.

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Itstored, the game changer Cloud storage solution

BCE has added a Cloud solution to its storage portfolio called itstored (“it’s stored”), which complements its online, nearline and offline offerings. While many providers are already offering Cloud storage, BCE has carefully reviewed the market and its customers’ needs and came up with a solution which matches the large volume activities of the major B2B players.

“Our recent move to RTL City in Luxembourg gave us the confidence to offer a solution which would be able to answer the needs of our most demanding customers in both media and non-media related activities” explains Xavier Boschian IS&T Director at BCE. “The two redundant datacenters offer both security and availability of the content.”

GDPR compliant, the new solution will be hosted in BCE’s datacenter located in Luxembourg. This state-of-the-art platform offers extended bandwidth for unlimited traffic to and from the content. To answer to the most demanding customers’ needs, BCE can also configure file mirroring to a second datacenter located on the outskirts of the city of Luxembourg over a dark fiber connection. The whole platform is monitored on a 24/7 basis and regular failover tests ensure the resilience of both sites.

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Itstored is fully compatible with the S3 (Simple Storage Service) protocol and can therefore be immediately integrated within the customer’s workflow. Being a worldwide standard, S3 ensures the compatibility of itstored with most existing systems and applications including: Amazon Web Services™, Commvault™, NetApp™, Office365™, Qnapt™, Signiant™, Synology™, Telestream™ and Veeam™ to name but a few.

“Itstored can directly store videos, audio, pictures, office documents, projects, reports and any other type of files,” says Jean-Alain Jachiet, CIO at BCE. “While our customers were looking for a fast and reliable system, they were also looking for a cost-effective solution.”

Itstored costs are not based on data traffic, like some of the competitors of BCE, but they are based on the number of TB storage space used in one or two datacenters for redundancy purpose. As a result, BCE allows its customers unlimited actions to their cloud storage. It is possible to upload, download, move, list and delete content without any restriction or additional cost.

“It was important to offer a real alternative to the existing cloud storage solutions. With its annual flat rate, its datacenter located in Europe, its unlimited use and its enhanced security, itstored breaks the existing rules and offers one of the fastest cloud storages on the market.” Concludes Laurent Seve, Marketing Manager at BCE.

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StorageDNA Joins Studio Network Solutions, Backblaze, and Spectra Logic to Ease Migration

Built around StorageDNA’s intelligent archive engine, the bundled software/hardware solutions include DNAevolution software and either a Spectra® Stack automated tape library; SNS disk storage with AI autotagging and the ShareBrowser file and asset manager; or Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage with B2 Fireball for rapid ingest of large data sets.

“Over the past five to 10 years, companies in the media and entertainment space have accumulated very large archives on older LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes,” said Tridib Chakravarty (tC), president and CEO at StorageDNA. “With newer generations of LTO tape technology, and disk and cloud storage options becoming more affordable and attractive, companies are looking to move their data off LTO-5 or LTO-6 archives. Working with Spectra Logic, SNS, and Backblaze, we’re offering best-of-breed software with best-of-breed hardware to provide a cost-effective, yet highly functional, solution for migrating content from one storage medium to another.”

The smart migration bundles offered by StorageDNA and its partners give users a way to pull data out of LTO-5 and LTO-6 archives and put it on a medium that guarantees ongoing access. Options with AI-based intelligence, powerful metadata harvesting capabilities, and accelerated transport mechanisms help users to better understand, access, and leverage the content being stored.

StorageDNA’s DNAevolution intelligent archive software, newly released in version 4.8, handles IT-centric backup and archive of folders smoothly, as well as Avid and Adobe projects within conventional media workflows. In addition to extensive metadata intelligence, the v4.8 software features smart migration capabilities, with enhanced scanning of new data and faster data transfers.

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The EVO shared storage server from SNS combines a highly configurable storage array with an extensive workflow toolset for post-production and broadcast workflows. Every EVO system features unlimited media asset management, file automation tools, AI-powered asset tagging, and enhanced integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve 15, Avid Media Composer, and other creative applications. EVO enables users to consolidate multiple tiers of storage into a single organized database, and edit 4K, 6K, and 8K media directly from the server.

B2 Cloud Storage from Backblaze offers unlimited free uploads, and all data is instantly available for download via API, CLI, or web browser with the lowest download fees in the industry. Priced at $5 per terabyte per month, B2 Cloud Storage is one-fourth the cost of Amazon’s S3. In addition, Backblaze offers the B2 Fireball, a rapid ingest service that simplifies the migration of massive data sets.

Designed to be installed, expanded, and managed easily, the Spectra Stack automated tape library from Spectra Logic is rated at a 100 percent duty cycle, meaning it is one of the only stackable libraries built to perform in a 24/7 environment. Scalable from 10 to 560 tape slots and from one to 42 tape drives, a Spectra Stack library enables users to store more than 6.7PB (16.7PB compressed) of data. StorageDNA has partnered with Spectra Logic to provide a Spectra Stack 80-slot, two-drive, scalable LTO solution, along with a preconfigured server with DNAevolution v4.8 software pre-installed. In addition, Spectra Logic can include free LTO-6 loaner drives for use during the migration process.

“Studio Network Solutions is a well-established provider of intelligent media storage, Backblaze offers an exceptional combination of price and access in cloud storage, and Spectra Logic is simply the best-known LTO tape brand in media and entertainment,” added Chakravarty. “We’re proud to be partnering with these remarkable companies in addressing a critical need in today’s storage marketplace.”

The new smart migration bundles from StorageDNA, SNS, Backblaze, and Spectra Logic are available now from the companies’ distribution partners.

StorageDNA is also offering a rental option designed for companies that aren’t prepared to invest in further LTO hardware. For as little as $900 a month, customers can rent an eight-slot, one-drive LTO-8 library and software to move data off existing LTO-5 and LTO-6 tapes.

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Wazee Digital and BASE Media Cloud drive cloud media access for Formula E

Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services, and technical partner BASE Media Cloud, a U.K. company that offers a suite of ready-made cloud services for media companies, today announced their first joint customer: Formula E.

Wazee Digital and BASE Media Cloud have combined their cloud-based services to give Formula E a breakthrough solution for making its media content instantly accessible to its production partners and broadcasters, both during and after international live race events.

“In our quest to reinvent racing with a new formula for the 21st century, and to position Formula E as the most innovative rights owner in the sports landscape, we choose to work with the industry’s top technical partners,” said Ali Russell, Director of Media and New Business at Formula E. “The combination of Wazee Digital and BASE Media Cloud, with their joint expertise in sports production and postproduction, is a perfect fit for us. Their experience with live event services and global broadcast distribution through Wazee Digital Media Hub provides Formula E with the perfect platform to provide instant access to our high-value content to our partners all over the world.”

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the electric street racing series and the world’s first fully electric international single-seater category in motorsport. Both Formula E and its host broadcast and digital production partners will use the Wazee Digital/BASE Media Cloud solution to upload, store, search, play, and deliver a broad range of media content seamlessly, including live race footage, program information, highlight programs and packages, video news releases, press material, promotional material, magazine shows, and archive content. Secure access will be provided to global media recipients, including domestic and international broadcasters, teams, sponsors, and event promotors.

The solution incorporates BASE Media Cloud’s proven storage and Aspera platform, integrated seamlessly with a new, fully branded Wazee Digital Media Hub SaaS portal, to enable secure search, viewing, and syndication of Formula E’s media assets — all from one easy-to-use, elegant Formula E-branded web interface. The joint design allows flexible, modular services to be added in the future as Formula E’s requirements grow. As a 100 percent cloud-based offering, the solution provides a best-of-breed and highly resilient infrastructure, all-inclusive upgrades, and a dedicated U.K. support team.

“The collaboration between Wazee Digital and BASE Media Cloud gives Formula E the best of both worlds — Wazee Digital’s fully integrated Amazon Web Services computing; sophisticated asset management workflows; and a self-branded, web-based access portal through Digital Media Hub that are paired with BASE Media Cloud’s cost-effective and regionalized virtual-private-cloud storage, delivery, and cloud postproduction services,” said David Candler, Senior Director, Customer Solutions for the U.K. and Europe at Wazee Digital. “Now Formula E has an affordable means of delivering its massive amount of content from an easy-to-use, easy-to-expand portal that everyone will recognize as Formula E’s.”

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“By leveraging managed cloud services, customers are seeing huge cost savings compared with more traditional, physical management of content. BASE Media Cloud has provided cloud storage and award-winning Aspera delivery services for Formula E since 2015. We recently partnered with Wazee Digital to enhance the overall service offering by seamlessly integrating Wazee Digital’s front-end application interface — Digital Media Hub — with the existing back-end services,” said Ben Foakes, Managing Director, BASE Media Cloud. “Together we have worked closely with both Formula E and its host broadcast production partner, Aurora Media Worldwide, to understand existing and future requirements and to provide a robust SaaS solution that will grow with the business.”

Digital Media Hub is a powerful, centralized, cloud-based solution that allows video content to be captured and made immediately available for global access, publishing, and syndication. Through Digital Media Hub’s elegant user interface, customers can acquire, enhance, and distribute media gleaned from production, postproduction, and live-event environments.

BASE Media Cloud provides a collection of cutting-edge cloud storage and media software tools — such as cloud storage, file transfer, transcoding, and BeBop cloud editing — for meeting the increasing challenges brought about by the rising volumes of media files being acquired, processed, and delivered throughout the media-production process.

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