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GV and Cisco form partnership

With IP production taking off, Grass Valley and Cisco have cemented their relationship to offer customers complete, integrated broadcast network systems.

Some, such as CBS, have already gone on air, as has Arena TV with its three new triple-expanding IP-based trucks. One, OBX, saw its first use for BT Sports in UHD last weekend.

Working with Cisco, “we really bring the broadcast data centre to life”, said Grass Valley’s SVP strategic marketing, Neerav Shah, who believes the partnership will allow it to adapt more quickly as IP technology advances and broadcasting moves to UHD and beyond.

Cisco’s scalable IP Fabric “seamlessly integrates with Grass Valley’s technology”, while maintaining the existing workflow, said Yousuf Khan, Cisco’s VP technical marketing.

The pair are now working on a big news project for ABC Australia, where a fully-virtualised GV Stratus system is running on Cisco Blade hardware.

Grass Valley will now support sales and service of its own IP products along with Cisco’s Nexus 9000 series IP switches.

The two companies are also collaborating on joint solutions spanning security, virtualised x86 computation and OTT platforms.