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CJI uses DIVArchive for playout storage

6 November 2012
CJI uses DIVArchive for playout storage

Digital content management and delivery provider Cognacq-Jay Image (CJI) is using a Front Porch Digital DIVArchive CSM system to store and archive content for the playout of MultiThématiques, a group of 15 SD and five HD channels broadcast by French television group CANAL+. Installed in CJI’s new playout centre near Paris, the DIVArchive system manages 30,000 hours of media among CJI’s archive library, near-line server, and playout servers. CJI uses two tape libraries on two different sites – in the long term, one could be the backup for the other. "Our deal with CANAL+ allowed us to create a new playout centre with archiving capabilities for 20 channels, which means we needed huge storage volume for this project," said Mickael Drouet, deputy CTO at CJI. "DIVArchive gives us a scalable, high-performance archive system for 20 channels and more, so we can restore media very quickly for each channel. We chose DIVArchive for its scalability, reliability, and ability to manage multiple restores in a very short time." CJI’s DIVArchive architecture consists of one DIVArchive Manager and six DIVArchive Actors that integrate with CJI’s existing automation and control systems. DIVArchive is controlled by SGT playout automation, and is supervised through the DIVArchive Manager GUI and SNMP integration with CJI’s Miranda iControl system. The SGT system manages the file-based ingest of media from CANAL+ and also coordinates with DIVArchive to archive the media in the library. When a playlist is loaded for playout, the SGT automation directs DIVArchive to restore the media from the library to the playout server. The system is designed to archive 50 hours of video per day in two instances, while simultaneously restoring 10 hours of video per channel with less than 12 hours’ delay. "CJI must manage a vast amount of data and access it regularly, and DIVArchive helps them do it in a cost-effective and efficient way," said Rino Petricola, SVP and managing director of Front Porch Digital International.www.fpdigital.com

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