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SGL archives for Abu Dhabi

17 January 2011
SGL archives for Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) has installed two SGL FlashNet archive systems as part of a major expansion project.

The SGL archives, which are both under the control of Harris Invenio automation, support 21 of ADMC’s channels (ten SD and eleven HD).

The first system forms the heart of the network’s new film archive digitisation project. Film coming into the facility is digitised and the files are then stored on a StorNext SAN. SD-standard browse copies are created by Omneon MediaDeck servers. Both the digitised high-res files and the SD browse copies are archived to SGL FlashNet under Harris Invenio control.

The second system provides an archive for ADMC’s sports channels. A number of ingest sources create files of varying formats. Some are stored directly on Harris Nexio servers, while other workflows use Avid and Marquis Medway to transcode and then store the resulting MXF files on Isilon disk storage. The SGL FlashNet archive, again under the control of the Harris Invenio automation system, sits at the heart of the enterprise. Files are archived and restored directly from the Isilon and Nexio storage.

Both systems operate concurrently sharing the digital tape archive storage, which is provided by a Spectra Logic T950 library and contains seven drives and 1850 slots.

“Working with SGL allows us to refine and streamline our digital archives for the future, as well as preserve an extensive and historically significant body of work from the past,” said ADMC Archive Manager, Ahmed Al Menhali. “SGL’s advanced archive software systems make them the perfect company for us to work with on what is an exciting expansion project for Abu Dhabi Media Company.”

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