Spectra Vail® is a distributed multi-cloud data management software that unifies and simplifies data access, usage and protection across on-premises storage, multiple clouds and storage platforms. For media organizations managing digital assets in a distributed workflow, Spectra Vail software allows users to leverage on-premises applications and native cloud services no matter where content is created or stored, fostering collaboration by providing universal access to data in a single namespace and automating digital asset placement across multiple clouds and sites.
Consumers are spending more time streaming video content than ever before. The video on demand market was already valued at $53.96 billion in 2019 and a recent report projects that it will grow to $159.62 billion by 2027. Content producers and media companies are faced with the challenge of producing enough high-quality content to meet this ever-increasing demand.
Business resilience depends on reliable cybersecurity, but relying only on traditional security tools can leave aspects of your business vulnerable. Resilience for digital business starts with high availability and scalability – guaranteeing performance and uptime for websites and apps, no matter what levels of traffic are thrown at them. This can be achieved with caching technologies.
When designing a storage system for a production or post facility, it is easy to concentrate on capacity and throughput, and think that is all you need. However, a very real issue is data safety and how to guard against it. That is a particular problem in our industry of media production. Once you start considering the issues around data loss, the potential problems start to escalate: a real domino effect.
Synchronization is a fundamental requirement in all content generation and broadcast; used extensively both in SDI / HDI formats and in IP packet based systems. Synchronization signals are typically generated from equipment including sync pulse generators, master sync references, and for the IP format, Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock generators. Most sync generators encapsulate a very accurate internal clock which is synchronised to an external reference, which for the vast majority of manufacturers is a GPS & GNSS satellite timing signal. Consequently sync generators are connected to an outside GNSS antenna via coaxial cable or fibre optic cable, like those supplied by ViaLite Communications.
Redundancy has always been a major topic for broadcast operations to ensure that the show goes on despite a defective power supply or other failure. While all eggs were in one basket—i.e. in one place and close to one another—this approach was certainly helpful. Calling such a setup resilient would nevertheless be a stretch.
John O’Loan is CEO at iOMedia Group LNS. After launching Sky News, he assisted in the launch and operations of more than 40 other news, sport and documentary channels around the world. He holds an Executive Masters Degree in Culture Change at HEC Paris and The University of Oxford. In this article, he discusses how companies can best protect themselves from cyber threats.
Unlike a car crash, a ransomware attack is most likely uninsurable. So, the effects on a major media enterprise, production company or post facility can be totally devastating. Here’s why we should all be concerned, however big or small an organisation.
The sudden shift to remote working within the media industry saw an incredible turnaround, with workflows being instated quickly to ensure that quality content creation could continue. Existing media tools were adapted to enable workers from around the globe to access content and contribute to production, all whilst the industry came to terms with wider logistical challenges. A quick rollout of infrastructure saw big changes in how the industry managed their assets; suddenly, data that would have been very difficult to access needed to be available to workers from their homes.
Even with the global cost of online crime reaching $6 trillion by 2021.
Even with 50% more cyber-attacks per week on corporate networks in 2021.
Even with the world’s most influential technology leaders claiming cybercrime to be the greatest threat to every company in the world.
…the fact of the matter is most broadcasters are woefully underprepared when it comes to protecting their businesses from cyber-attacks. And this is a big problem.