NAB 2016

NAB 2016: SGL To Showcase Sony Ci Cloud Support, Partial File Restore for Avid Interplay Web Services

SGL, a provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, will unveil support for Sony’s Ci professional media cloud platform at NAB 2016 on booth SL5306. In addition, SGL is showing its Avid Interplay Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore (powered by Glookast) at the show. 

SGL Unveils Sony Ci Integration
The integration between SGL FlashNet and Sony Ci enables broadcasters and content owners to quickly and securely transfer material directly to the cloud from their MAM system via SGL FlashNet, providing redundant cloud storage, disaster recovery options and the ability to access content from anywhere.

Sony’s Ci platform provides enterprise-grade workflow collaboration and media management built on top of AWS. In addition to securely and cost effectively storing content in the cloud, Ci extends an archive’s value by creating adaptive bitrate proxies, indexing the content and making it securely and globally available via web browser or API integration.

Every asset archived in Ci via FlashNet is registered with a Sony global unique identifier (SGUID) that is consistently referred to by all systems associated with it, enabling major broadcasters and media providers to manage and share assets globally.

When an archive request is executed, SGL FlashNet submits it to Ci and, in return, receives confirmation together with the SGUID. When a request is made to restore the asset, the initiator refers to the standard FlashNet UID.  FlashNet handles the translation behind the scenes and manages the restoration directly with Ci using REST APIs.

“This collaboration opens new opportunities for our customers to achieve a truly seamless hybrid workflow combining on premise and cloud archiving,” says David Rosen, VP of Business Development with Sony Professional Solutions Americas. “SGL’s FlashNet and Sony’s Ci is a great combination that allows media enterprises to safeguard their assets in a way that makes sense for their individual requirements.”

Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management adds, “Sony Ci offers a whole additional level of cloud-based asset management to standard cloud-storage solutions. The enterprise-level project coordination and sharing, editing tools and the global reach of the solution adds a whole dimension to global asset management workflows.”

SGL will also be highlighting Sony’s Optical Disc Archive on its booth throughout the show. According to Sheppard, SGL’s support for Sony Optical Disc Archive opens up a world of workflow possibilities, from disaster recovery solutions to management of archive material over disparate geographic areas. “With SGL’s experience of managing multiple storage devices within production, news and sport, Sony’s Optical Disc Archive can sit anywhere within a workflow, not simply as an ‘end of process’ archive,” he says.

SGL FlashNet will be featured on Sony’s Media Enterprise booth C11001 at NAB 2016. FlashNet is fully integrated with Sony’s new Media Backbone content management solution.

SGL, Glookast Showcase Avid Interplay Plug-In With Partial File Restore
SGL is also showing its Avid Interplay Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore at NAB 2016 on booth SL5306. Powered by Glookast, the partial file restore functionality is a key feature as it enables editors to easily select and restore elements of a clip directly from the archive in high resolution. Prior to this, partial file restore functionality could only be achieved using the full Avid Interplay | Archive system.

Glookast’s Glooport media|retriever powers the partial file restore element of the workflow, allowing editors to partially retrieve media from the archive rather than fully restoring entire assets. This means, for example, that an editor can archive a high-res version of an Avid asset via SGL’s Avid Interplay Web Services plug-in keeping a proxy online within the Avid system. If they want to restore only a portion of that proxy, Glookast’s Glooport media|retriever provides the capacity to carry out the partial restore of the archived assets so that editor only restores the portions required.

“Using SGL’s Avid Interplay Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore, powered by Glookast the editor can restore just the clips that they need in high resolution, saving bandwidth and space on expensive production storage,” says Sheppard. “SGL’s FlashNet archive management system helps win the never ending race between file sizes and the available technology to store these files.”

Partial File Restore powered by Glookast is a unique feature of SGL’s Avid Interplay Web Services solution. SGL’s support for Avid Interplay Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Interplay | Archiveat any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.

“SGL has a long tradition of providing innovative and robust archive workflows,”Edel Garcia, Glookast Partner and EVP of Sales and Marketing explains. “We are very pleased to be partnering with them, providing partial file retrieval capabilities to their Avid Interplay Production Web Services plug-in archive and restore workflows. We look forward to continuing to work together, delivering innovation and efficiencies to the media industry.”

Glookast will be demonstrating SGL’s Avid Interplay Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore at NAB 2016 on the SGL booth SL5306 – Monday 18th April 3:30pm – 4:00pm; Tuesday 19th April 11:30am – 12:00pm; and Wednesday 20th April 11:30am –12:00pm.

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