Vizrt Takes Media Production and Asset Management to the Cloud

New cloud-based service combines Vizrt and  Aspera technologies, and IBM SoftLayer to provide flexible, cost-effective, on-demand workflow and media storage 

Vizrt, a leading provider of content production systems for the digital media industry, today announced new, on-demand media processing, management, and storage services in the cloud. The solution will be shown with demonstrations of Viz One, Vizrt’s Media Asset Management (MAM) system, on the Vizrt booth (SL2419) at NAB 2014.

The new solution combines Viz One and Aspera FASP high-speed transfer, running on IBM SoftLayer, a high-performance, scalable cloud infrastructure, creating a new offering to help broadcasters produce and manage assets throughout their content lifecycle, entirely in the cloud. IBM softlayer will display their solution on their booth (N1520) during NAB 2014.

The new solution provides on-demand access to Vizrt’s powerful media processing and management capabilities. This will allow businesses to decrease up front capital expenses in traditionally costly areas such as storage and archiving. The integration of Aspera enables secure, maximum speed transfers of full resolution media to and from the cloud, while SoftLayer’s low latency platform provides low entry costs and scalability to meet future demand.

File management in the cloud

The cloud-based media repository is accessible from any location, providing journalists, access to their content in real time. Using Studio, Viz One’s web-based interface, with the Aspera Connect browser plug-in, users upload, preview, and download content quickly and securely. Files are automatically transcoded in the cloud, ensuring the native house format can be moved smoothly from the cloud to on-premise production systems. Simple organization of media can be performed using collections such as folders, packages, programs, and series.

Long-term archiving in the cloud

Digital archiving in the cloud presents significant benefits to broadcasters. Cloud archiving eliminates the complexities of managing a tape library, both from a system administration perspective and for long-term considerations. The archive is not limited by available floor space as is the case with an on-premise data center. The cloud archive also serves as an extension to an existing on-premise archive, moving less frequently used material into the long-term cloud archive.

“Broadcasters require fast access to their content when breaking news happens,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt’s CTO. “By providing MAM in the cloud and as a SaaS, we give broadcasters a managed solution that scales to their needs, allowing them to focus on telling compelling stories instead of trying to find material and managing complex infrastructure.”

“This is a continuation of our strategy to deliver the best total package around our MAM platform,” continued Jacoksen. “Our experience shows that the Viz One, tightly combined with the IBM SoftLayer flexible cloud, offers competitive performance and pricing compared to traditional deployment models.” said Jakobsen.


About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

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