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Disk archive for multi-channel playout

21 June 2013
Disk archive for multi-channel playout

Playout specialist Oasys and disk-based archive developer Disk Archive Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to deliver high-performance, affordable multi-channel playout systems with large-scale archives.

The Disk Archive Corporation Alto system is based on MAID technology: a massive array of idle disks. The concept is that disks are spun down to minimum speed when not being accessed, to greatly extend disk life as well as minimising power consumption. By packing large numbers of green drives into a MAID array, it provides a cost-effective alternative to a data tape library, with fast access to the content.

“At Oasys we believe in pioneering innovative and reliable solutions to meet our clients’ specific playout needs,” explained Fraser Jardine. “As our clients scale up the number of channels, and build larger and larger catalogues of media, so the need for a cost-effective media archive has grown.

“Forming a strategic alliance with Disk Archive Corporation allows us to offer a modern, scalable and reliable media archiving solution that is fully integrated with our playout solutions.”

The Alto content library is used as the central shared storage between Oasys Player servers. The Oasys Media Library indexes all the content stored on the Alto and manages the movement of media files to Player servers as demanded by each channel’s schedule.

“The combined value proposition that the two companies offer is convincing and powerful,” said Alan Hoggarth, CEO at Disk Archive Corporation. “We replace the traditional data tape library with Alto to deliver a fully secure tapeless workflow with superior performance, high availability and much lower total cost of ownership, integrated with the best in IT-based software playout.”

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