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About Masstech Innovations Inc

Masstech Innovations, formed by the 2017 merger of SGL and Masstech, is a future-led technology company that provides the media and entertainment (M&E) industry with optimized content storage management solutions. Masstech combines the experience of many decades of broadcast and video content storage management with state-of-the-art, forward-looking development, harnessing edge IT technologies to identify and address the challenges of the industry's constantly evolving technology and business landscapes. Today, more than 40 percent of all media and entertainment production assets are managed by Masstech solutions, in organizations representing every facet of M&E, around the world and across every platform.

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  • FlashNet, a highly scalable media object storage application designed specifically for M&E that provides optimised storage and workflow management for
  • MassStore, a media object framework that integrates and optimizes services and applications to enhance and enrich content throughout its lifecycle. Th

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2016... It's A Wrap!
Lee Sheppard From SGL Looks Back On A Successful Year ...
The Forefront Of Archive Innovation
SGL is a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for multiple business sectors including broadcast, post production, news, sports and government. Its reliable, flexible cont ...
SGL To Unveil FlashNet Lite Next Month
SGL will unveil its new entry-level archive solution, FlashNet Lite, at IBC2016 next month, Stand 7.J15. The solution includes the company's new user interface, FlashNet Infinity. FlashNet Lite come ...
SGL Expands Infinity Development Team
FlashNet Infinity Is A Next-Generation Archive Interface ...
Archive With Confidence In The Cloud
The cloud has been part of the media landscape for some time but there are many media companies and content owners that are still hesitant to store their assets that way due to content security implicatio ...
European Debut For New SGL FlashNet Features
The Latest Version Features SGL FlashNet Lite ...
The Art Of Integration
By Lee Sheppard, Director of Product Management, SGL ...
SGL And Marquis Bring Parking For FlashNet To NAB
Full Demonstrations Will Take Place At The SGL Booth, SL5306 ...
SGL To Unveil FlashNet Infinity At NAB
SGL has confirmed it will launch FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016, booth SL5306. FlashNet Infinity provides broadcasters and content owners with a dashboard that simplifies archive procedures, and is e ...
SGL Hits The Jackpot In Vegas
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Company News

30/01/2017
SGL CABSAT 2017 PREVIEW

SGL’s technology is built around its open system philosophy, which allows its content management solutions to work seamlessly in media environments that consist of multiple systems and require interoperability between an array of standards and technologies. SGL’s partners include industry-leading companies representing every facet of the broadcast arena: media/production, MAM, editing, video servers, automation, transmission and disk/tape/optical/cloud storage. SGL provides media companies, post facilities and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




At CABSAT 2017 SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on booth D2-41:




• MENA DEBUT – SGL FlashNet Lite: SGL’s new entry-level archive FlashNet Lite comes in four configurations: FL Disk, FL Tape, FL Hybrid and FL Optical Disk, providing options for content storage that is disk only, tape only, optical disk or a combination of disk and tape. FL Hybrid is upgradeable to 50TB of disk support, two tape drives and 100 slots with one server. This gives nearly 600TB capacity with LTO7 tapes. Running on a single server node, FlashNet Lite can grow as the customer’s archive expands. FlashNet Lite includes important FlashNet tools including: integration with a wide range of partner solutions and storage devices; business storage rules; partial file restore; and SGL’s new sophisticated Infinity user interface.




• MENA DEBUT - FlashNet Infinity User Interface: SGL will be highlighting its new FlashNet Infinity user interface throughout CABSAT 2017. Providing media companies with an elegant dashboard that simplifies the management of media archives, Infinity delivers a sophisticated toolset for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more. It is available as a free upgrade to all SGL FlashNet users covered by a current support contract who are running FlashNet 6.6 or later.




• Key FlashNet Features: During the show SGL will highlight and discuss key FlashNet features including: Support for AXF; support for Sony’s Ci cloud-based service; pre-defined drives for specific archive roles; Avid® Interplay® Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore powered by Glookast; enhanced API with support for REST Integration; support for DPX Format; and its Amalgamation Service.




Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions or to discuss any project.


30/03/2016
SGL Unveils Sony Ci Integration at NAB 2016

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is announcing its support for Ci, Sony’s professional media cloud platform, at NAB 2016 on booth SL5306. 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,” said David Rosen, Vice President 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 explained, “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 said.




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.

22/03/2016
SGL Unveils FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is launching FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016 on booth SL5306. Due to be incrementally rolled out over the next 12 months, FlashNet Infinity provides broadcasters and content owners with an elegant dashboard that further simplifies archive procedures. FlashNet Infinity delivers a sophisticated toolset for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more. It is available as a free upgrade to all SGL FlashNet users covered by a current support contract.




The FlashNet Infinity dashboard provides pre-defined widgets to search, monitor and analyse archived and restored content and system health as well as admin tools to define user accessibility. Dashboard tools can be configured according to station or operator preference, providing a tailored overview of archive activity within the facility relevant to the user, a key feature of the FlashNet Infinity system.




The SGL FlashNet Infinity dashboard is simple to navigate with visually pleasing data analysis and reports. Detailed health checks provide key benefits. Users can easily check throughput relating to the number of current or completed jobs defined by asset, department or system for any time period. These trend analyses can be used for projecting future capacity and throughput requirements.




FlashNet Infinity provides small broadcasters that don’t have a MAM system with basic management tools that allow them to see what’s in the archive or stored on a certain disc so that they can archive material on the disc, or restore material in the archive, viewing a low res copy on the FlashNet Infinity dashboard.




Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management says, “We’re really excited to launch FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016. The dashboard provides the next-generation of archive management with sophisticated tools that very quickly and easily give detailed analysis of the heart of the facility as well as monitoring, reports and much more. We look forward to making further FlashNet Infinity announcements over the coming months.”




SGL will be demonstrating FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016 on the SGL booth SL5306 on Monday 18th April at 11:00am and 4:30pm, Tuesday 19th April at 10:00am and 4:00pm and Wednesday 20th April at 10:30am and 4:00pm.

15/03/2016
SGL ANNOUNCES MAJOR FLASHNET ARCHIVE INSTALLATIONS AT CNBC ASIA AND CNBC EUROPE

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced that CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe have installed FlashNet, SGL’s sophisticated and scalable content management system. Both facilities are operated by Singapore-headquartered CNBC subsidiary CNBC International, which is wholly owned by NBCUniversal.




The installations at the headquarters of CNBC Asia in Singapore and CNBC Europe in London are identical. SGL FlashNet is fully integrated with Grass Valley’s STRATUS production suite and manages a SpectraLogic T680 tape library. Access to the SGL archive is transparent via Grass Valley’s toolset. The CNBC Asia project is part of a major upgrade whilst the installation at CNBC Europe provides a completely new archive environment.




The combined SGL and Grass Valley solution enables operators to work collaboratively and accomplish tasks in parallel. It also allows full support for GXF partial file restore; a critical feature for Grass Valley customers. Editors can select clips for archive or restore from the SGL archive via STRATUS and can also view low-res proxies of material held in the archive, and mark in and out points to restore just part of the clip.




Donald Li SGL’s Director of Sales APAC says, “These installations provide CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe with efficient storage management services that grow with the facility. The seamless integration of Grass Valley’s STRATUS production tools and the SGL FlashNet archive provides operators with a simplified toolset with easy-to-understand workflow rules. Configured into a collaborative production environment, the workflows provide media organisations such as CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe with all the tools necessary to plan, create, publish and archive their media.”


05/02/2016
SGL NAB 2016 Preview

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




At NAB 2016 SGL will launch its new version of FlashNet, which includes the following key features:




• NEW – User Interfacet: SGL will demonstrate its new User Interface for the first time. The UI, which will be incrementally rolled out over the next 12 months, provides customers with an elegant dashboard that further simplifies archive procedures with sophisticated tools for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more.




• NEW – Support for AXF: SGL now supports reading and restoring from SMPTE’s Archive eXchange Format (AXF). FlashNet, SGL’s flagship content management storage system, can now read and process AXF objects providing greater flexibility for customers, ensuring long term availability of content in the future regardless of technology evolution.




• NEW – Support for Sony Ci: SGL is announcing its support for Ci, Sony’s cloud-based service that allows media professionals to collaborate on the creation and sharing of high quality, high resolution content. The SGL integration with Ci means that broadcasters and content owners can quickly and easily transfer material directly to the cloud from their MAM system using SGL FlashNet. As well as Ci, SGL also supports Aspera and Amazon S3 via ExpeDat Gateway.




• NEW - Checksum Support: SGL now provides Checksum support to further protect data. The Checksum feature receives or calculates the Checksum of each asset in either MD5 or SHAI format, and validates the Checksum when the asset is about to be used to ensure that it has not become corrupted in some way.




• NEW – Pre-defined drives for specific archive roles: The new version of FlashNet unveiled at NAB allows customers to allocate a pre-defined number of drives within their library for a specific role, such as archiving Avid jobs only, or restoring/archiving material at a certain time of day. This allows larger broadcasters with multiple drives to further improve operational procedures.




SGL is also highlighting Avid® Interplay® Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore powered by Glookast, Enhanced API with support for REST Integration, Support for LTO-7 and Amalgamation Service

29/01/2016
SGL CABSAT Preview 2016

SGL’s content management system FlashNet delivers highly evolved and efficient archives to leading broadcasters throughout the Middle East including: AD Media, MBC, Qatar TV, Al Baghdadia, Al Aan, Al Kass and many others. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on stand ZK2-22:




• Latest Version of FlashNet: SGL is highlighting the latest version of its FlashNet content management solution, including new features that provide broadcasters and content owners with greater flexibility when managing their archives. Customers will be able to allocate a pre-defined number of drives within their library for a specific role such as archiving Avid jobs only, or restoring/archiving material at a certain time of day. This latest version of FlashNet is a pre cursor to SGL’s big FlashNet launch in the spring 2016.




• FlashNet archive control: The updated FlashNet archive control expands to provide support for Avid Web Services and Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA). Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require but can deploy Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content. 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.




• Disaster recovery workflows: FlashNet’s uniquely scalable architecture means that, whatever the scope of Disaster Recovery (DR) requirements, valuable assets are protected, automatically. Rules-based implementations provide fully-automated data duplication across multiple storage layers and locations. FlashNet enables multi-site operations to mirror and synchronise data, across the globe. If one site becomes inoperative, it can be rebuilt entirely from data that has been replicated to other sites. FlashNet is also fully integrated with Aspera allowing broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to the cloud at a guaranteed speed, providing alternative storage and disaster recovery workflows.




• Support for LTO-7: SGL is announcing its support for LT07 at CABSAT. LTO-7 specifications support tape cartridge native storage capacity of over 6TB, over twice the compressed capacity of the previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates also double those of LTO-6. LTO-7 drives will provide backward compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO generation 6 cartridges and read LTO generation 5 cartridges.

03/11/2015
SGL PROVIDES CNN INDONESIA WITH SOPHISTICATED AVID ARCHIVE AND DR WORKFLOWS

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced that CNN Indonesia, a new channel formed in collaboration between CNN International and CT Corp Indonesia, has installed SGL FlashNet as the archive management solution for its Avid Interplay PAM system. FlashNet is a key part of CNN Indonesia’s new turnkey newsroom system at its facility at the Trans Corp Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. SGL fully designed and configured the FlashNet installation, working alongside systems integrator, Ideal Systems.




The integrated SGL FlashNet and Avid Interplay PAM installed at CNN Indonesia provides operators with a number of key features including: partial file restore from within Avid Media Composer; automated tracking and management of archived content across the lifecycle of the archived asset; high-speed retrieval of recently archived assets; and lifecycle management of long-term archived assets between on-site and off-site storage, providing DR workflows, long term asset security and business continuity processes.




CNN Indonesia’s Interplay PAM operators and the Avid PAM automated workflow, archives and restores to-and-from SGL FlashNet to disk and tape archives on-site. FlashNet Storage Manager automatically manages the creation, duplication, verification and deletion of archived material in, and between, CNN Indonesia’s on-site disc and tape archive and its off-site DR tape archive for DR purposes throughout the lifecycle of material. An off-site standby FlashNet archive management system is also available for business continuity purposes if DR is required.




Donald Li SGL’s Director of Sales APAC explains, “SGL FlashNet is an integral part of Avid’s Integrated Media Enterprise, providing the archive component of the Avid open system architecture that encompasses Avid Interplay and the entire suite of Avid systems and solutions. This installation at CNN Indonesia provides a full archive workflow from within the Avid environment that significantly improves operational and business procedures and increases security with a full DR workflow.”

26/10/2015
CCW Preview Document

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on booth 953:




• Asset Migration Service: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimizes the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




• Cloud-based archiving to Amazon S3: Cloud storage is playing an increasing role within archiving workflows. SGL, working closely with both Aspera and Data Expedition, enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to AWS cloud service at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




• New entry-level FlashPack: The most effective content storage management system 'in a box' FlashPack provides all elements of an integrated Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) archive. There is no requirement to purchase any additional hardware or software and the new entry-level version enables smaller broadcasters and content owners to have a fully expandable archive.




• Avid Web Services integration: Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




• New version of FlashWeb: The latest version of FlashWeb includes enhanced search capabilities and simplified navigation allowing broadcasters and content owners to easily archive and restore material to any configured FlashNet disk or tape group. This can be achieved without the need for a controlling MAM or automation system.




• Enhanced API with support for REST via new SGL web service: SGL is introducing the upcoming version of its FlashNet API, supporting REST via its new web service. This will further simplify FlashNet integration for partners and is to be formally released later in the year.




Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions or to discuss any project.

25/10/2015
SGL Inter BEE Preview

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on booth 2623:




• SGL FlashNet Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) workflow demonstration: SGL will have a Sony ODA on its booth and will demonstrate the fully integrated SGL FlashNet and Sony ODA workflow. SGL’s integration with Sony ODA 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 ODA can sit anywhere within a workflow, not simply as an ‘end of process’ archive.




• SGL FlashNet and FOR-A LTR-100HS workflow demonstration: SGL FlashNet is fully integrated with FOR-A’s LTR-100HS standalone video archiving recorder. Fitted with an LTO drive, the LTR-100HS combined with SGL FlashNet provides a fully scalable archive workflow.




• Direct Connect for Avid ISIS environment: Direct Connect allows Avid ISIS users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. The advent of 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.




• Asset Migration Service: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimizes the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




• Cloud-based archiving to Amazon S3: Cloud storage is playing an increasing role within archiving workflows. SGL, working closely with both Aspera and Data Expedition, enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to AWS cloud service at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




SGL will also highlight support for LTFS, new version of FlashWeb and enhanced API with support for REST via new SGL web service. Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions.
19/10/2015
SGL SMPTE 2015 Preview

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on booth 214:



• Direct Connect for Avid ISIS environment:
Direct Connect allows Avid ISIS users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. The advent of 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.




• Asset Migration Service: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimizes the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




• Cloud-based archiving to Amazon S3: Cloud storage is playing an increasing role within archiving workflows. SGL, working closely with both Aspera and Data Expedition, enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to AWS cloud service at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




• New entry-level FlashPack: The most effective content storage management system 'in a box' FlashPack provides all elements of an integrated Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) archive. There is no requirement to purchase any additional hardware or software and the new entry-level version enables smaller broadcasters and content owners to have a fully expandable archive.




• Avid Web Services integration: Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




SGL will also highlight support for LTFS, new version of FlashWeb and enhanced API with support for REST via new SGL web service. Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions or to discuss any project.

01/10/2015
SGL ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION WITH DATA EXPEDITION, INC. PROVIDING HIGH-SPEED FILE TRANSFER TO AWS

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced that its flagship content management software FlashNet is now fully integrated with Data Expedition, Inc.’s ExpeDat Gateway for Amazon S3. This latest integration enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media directly to Amazon Web Services (AWS) at maximum speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




FlashNet integrated with ExpeDat Gateway for Amazon S3 provides a highly cost-effective file transfer solution, enabling files to be transferred to and from S3 at up to 700 Mbit/s. Once data is stored in S3 it can be moved to Amazon Glacier using a standard AWS interface, providing a more affordable long-term storage option. The combined SGL and Data Expedition solution can be deployed quickly and is highly scalable.




FlashNet’s rules-based implementation provides fully-automated data duplication across multiple storage layers and locations. Using FlashNet operators can create additional rules that send material directly to the cloud. The FlashNet archive is able to track and record exactly where material is at any given time, regardless of long-term storage method, and can alert third-party systems, such as the MAM, that content is available for download.




“We are extremely pleased that SGL has integrated Data Expedition, Inc.’s accelerated file-transfer solution, ExpeDat, into its flagship content management software, FlashNet,” said Dana Merk, vice president, business development at Data Expedition. “With the cloud now being fully embraced as a storage option for critical digital assets, it makes total sense to leverage best-in-class solutions like FlashNet and ExpeDat Gateway for Amazon S3 in a partnered manner.”




“The cloud is becoming a viable option for broadcasters and content owners who want secure, long-term storage for disaster recovery workflows. By transferring data to the cloud using the combination of FlashNet and ExpeDat Gateway for Amazon S3, users can very quickly and easily store their material. FlashNet provides a rich set of tools to optimise the benefits of the various archiving platforms, including tape, disk, optical disk and cloud,” explains Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management.


01/09/2015
SGL ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AND KEY THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION PROJECTS AT IBC 2015

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is announcing a number of new technology and key third-party integration projects at IBC 2015 on stand 7.J15a. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




SGL is presenting Direct Connect for the Avid ISIS environment at IBC 2015. Direct Connect allows Avid ISIS users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. The advent of 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image, but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.




Cloud storage is playing an increasing role within archiving workflows. At IBC 2015, SGL will showcase cloud-based archiving to Amazon’s S3 and Sony’s Ci Cloud services. Working closely with Aspera and Data Expedition, SGL enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to AWS services and Sony cloud services at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




Throughout the show, SGL will demonstrate a full archive using GV STRATUS, hosted by a Grass Valley presenter. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes full search, archive and restore integrated directly with SGL’s FlashNet archive. The presentation will include FlashNet’s control of job queues directly from GV STRATUS.




The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another is a costly and time-consuming process. At IBC, SGL is launching its FlashNet Migration Service, which enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes. This reduces migration times by half.




“SGL is dedicated to providing broadcasters and content owners large and small with flexible archive systems that meet the requirements of their business. These latest announcements enhance FlashNet’s unrivalled capabilities for today’s video requirements,” explains Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management.




SGL will also be highlighting its Avid Web Services integration. Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive an

18/08/2015
SGL UNVEILS ENTRY-LEVEL ARCHIVE SYSTEM FLASHPACK AT IBC 2015

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is announcing FlashPack at IBC 2015 on stand 7.J15a. A complete turnkey archiving system designed for use with all major media and production asset management systems, FlashPack provides a cost-effective, entry-level archive system with no extra hardware, no extra software and no hidden costs.




Global broadcasters large and small require sophisticated archive technology that enables assets to be managed and stored. However, a large archive with full disaster recovery workflows may not be appealing to a smaller broadcaster in a single location with fewer assets. SGL FlashPack provides a complete archive and content management solution that includes all the features required for a fully integrated, infinitely scalable media archive such as hardware, software, support and integration with a MAM or production system.




At the heart of FlashPack is SGL FlashNet, the industry leading content archive and storage management solution. FlashPack harnesses FlashNet’s power, resilience and scalability, in a compact entry-level solution. It is ideal for broadcasters, sports venues, post-production houses, corporate communications and other organisations that need to manage their media assets.




Implementation is simple and is completed remotely, linking FlashPack to the user’s MAM or PAM system. FlashPack is easily manageable by creative professionals, not requiring dedicated IT resources.




Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management explains, “The FlashPack complete storage archive addresses the need for a separate, self-contained system providing a price versus performance ratio that lowers the cost of entry while ensuring the key business criteria of future scalability and security.”




As well as FlashPack, SGL will be showcasing new technology and third-party integration projects for the first time in Europe at IBC 2015.

01/07/2015
SGL IBC 2015 PREVIEW

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




At IBC 2015 SGL will showcase new technology and third-party integration projects for the first time in Europe:




• Full archive demonstration via GV STRATUS Production: SGL will demonstrate a full archive using GV STRATUS, hosted by a Grass Valley presenter. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes full search, archive and restore integrated directly with FlashNet. The presentation will include FlashNet’s control of job queues directly from GV STRATUS.




• Direct Connect for Avid ISIS environment: Direct Connect allows Avid ISIS users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. The advent of 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.




• Asset Migration Service: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




• Cloud-based archiving to Amazon S3 and Sony Ci Cloud: Cloud storage is playing an increasing role within archiving workflows. SGL, working closely with both Aspera and Data Expedition, enables broadcasters and content owners to transfer media to AWS and Sony cloud services at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




• New entry-level FlashBox: SGL is unveiling its new, entry-level FlashBox system. The most effective content storage management system 'in a box' FlashBox provides all elements of an integrated Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) archive. There is no requirement to purchase any additional hardware or software and the new entry-level version enables smaller broadcasters and content owners to have a fully expandable archive.




Also highlighting:



• Avid Web Services integration: Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a pair

16/06/2015
SGL SPEEDS UP ARCHIVE AND RETRIEVAL OF HIGH-RES MATERIAL IN AVID ISIS ENVIRONMENT

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has introduced Direct Connect for use within the SGL and Avid ISIS shared storage environment. Direct Connect allows users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content.




The advent of HD, 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.




“Traditionally content passed between SGL FlashNet and Avid ISIS is sent via Avid’s archive provider. In the past when file sizes were smaller this worked well but for high-resolution file-based content this method has some performance implications. Direct Connect enables FlashNet to connect directly to the ISIS storage system using 1/10 GB Ethernet,” explains Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management.




SGL has partnered with Avid for the past 11 years and the companies continue to deliver solutions that are required by today’s modern broadcast facilities. SGL FlashNet, the engine that drives Avid Interplay Archive, provides customers around the world with an integrated MAM/PAM archive solution. Built around a clustered architecture, which allows virtually infinite scalability, FlashNet provides Avid users with an archive regardless of size, from the smallest TV station to the largest network operation.


26/05/2015
SGL HIGHLIGHTS KEY PRODUCT ENHANCEMENTS AND THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION PROJECTS AT BROADCAST ASIA 2015

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is highlighting a number of key product launches and third-party integration projects at Broadcast Asia 2015 on booth 5E3-02.




The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another is a costly and time-consuming process. SGL will unveil how its new FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, cutting migration times in half.




SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits. At Broadcast Asia 2015, the company will explain how it’s providing customers with a full archive integrated with GV STRATUS. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes search, archive and restore integrated directly with FlashNet.




As well as its integration with Grass Valley, SGL has a strong relationship with Avid and the companies continue to provide fully integrated solutions that are required by today’s modern broadcast facilities. Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive delivers a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




The latest version of FlashNet, which was launched in April 2015, brings to fruition SGL’s new integration with Aspera. Using FlashNet, broadcasters and content owners can transfer media to the cloud at a guaranteed speed, providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




SGL will also discuss the latest version of FlashWeb, which now includes enhanced search capabilities and simplified navigation, allowing broadcasters and content owners to easily archive and restore material to any configured FlashNet disk or tape group. This can be achieved without the need for a controlling MAM or automation system.




Additional highlights include: partial file restore of QuickTime™ files directly from tape; support for LTFS; and industry leading PAM and MAM integration with companies including: Imagine Communications, Dalet, EVS, eMAM, Quantel, Vizrt, VSN, Geminisoft, Etere, Media Alliance and more.




SGL is also exhibiting on the Avid booth at Broadcast Asia 2015 on booth: LOTUS 4/A 4/B.

01/05/2015
SGL BROADCAST ASIA 2015 PREVIEW DOCUMENT

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.



SGL will highlight and discuss the following solutions on booth 5E3-02:





• Asia launch of SGL Asset Migration Service: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.



• Integration with GV STRATUS MAM: SGL will explain how it’s providing customers with a full archive integrated with GV STRATUS. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes search, archive and restore integrated directly with FlashNet.




• Partial file restore via Avid Web Services: SGL’s integration with Avid Web Services now includes partial file restore capability. Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




• Integration with Aspera for cloud-based archive: The new version of FlashNet, which was launched in April 2015, brings to fruition SGL’s new integration with Aspera. Using FlashNet, broadcasters and content owners can transfer media to the cloud at a guaranteed speed providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




• Partial file restore of QuickTime ™ files: Highlighting partial file restore of QuickTime ™ files directly from tape.




• Support for LTFS: Material can be acquired directly to disk and then dragged and dropped to data tape and transported back to a facility, removing the need to re-ingest content to the archive and enabling large amounts of data to be transported and archived on a single LTO tape.




• New version of FlashWeb: The latest version of FlashWeb includes enhanced search capabilities and simplified navigation allowing broadcasters and content owners to easily archive and restore material to any configured FlashNet disk or tape group. This can be achieved without the need for a controlling MAM or automation system.




• Industry leading PAM and MAM integration: SGL FlashNet is fully integrated with PAM and MAM systems from leading industry companies including: Imagine

28/04/2015
North Shore Automation Provides Full Integration Between SGL Archive and Square Box CatDV MAM

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced that it is an approved archive provider for Square Box’s CatDV MAM solution. The middleware connecting SGL FlashNet and CatDV was developed by North Shore Automation (NSA), a software development and digital asset management consultancy, and Square Box partner. The joint CatDV and SGL solution has been sold and installed by file-based systems integrator Cutting Edge Audio & Video Group based in San Francisco and Los Angeles to customers including the San Francisco 49ers, Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN and Intel Corporation.




CatDV integrated with SGL FlashNet provides small-to-medium sized broadcasters with a highly cost-effective MAM and archive solution. Bryson Jones, Founder, NSA recently demonstrated the combined solution on the Square Box booth #SL5025 at NAB 2015. With a simple mouse click operators can archive and restore to and from the FlashNet archive using the CatDV Pro interface. The NSA integration connects a CatDV Server using CatDV’s REST API. The integration delivers the reliability and scalability of FlashNet with quality search and organisation abilities provided by CatDV.




Dave Clack, CEO, Square box says, “This has been a joint integration project between three companies that has resulted in a system that enables facilities that don’t have huge budgets to take advantage of a fully integrated MAM and archive solution. Cutting Edge was instrumental in the launch of this product bringing our three companies together and facilitating the new sales.”




Bryson Jones adds, “We’re really proud of this middleware. The CatDV SGL integration has opened up the market not just to broadcasters but to content owners in other sectors that want to manage and archive their assets. We’re looking forward to announcing new customers in the coming months.”


07/04/2015
SGL HALVES ASSET MIGRATION TIMES WITH NEW FLASHNET FEATURE

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is unveiling a number of key features to the latest version of FlashNet at NAB 2015. Demonstrated on the SGL booth, SL5306, FlashNet is a highly scalable content storage management system that provides unrivalled levels of resilience, flexibility and adaptability.




FlashNet now includes SGL’s Asset Migration Service. The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




Throughout the show SGL will be demonstrating a full archive using GV STRATUS, hosted by a Grass Valley presenter. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes full search, archive and restore integrated directly with FlashNet. The presentation will include FlashNet’s control of job queues directly from GV STRATUS.




The company will also show the latest version of its FlashWeb interface, which now includes enhanced search capabilities and simplified navigation allowing broadcasters and content owners to easily archive and restore material to any configured FlashNet disk or tape group. This can be achieved without the need for a controlling MAM or automation system.




Additional highlights include partial file restore of QuickTime ™ files; full archive demonstration via Avid PAM; and support for LTFS.




Douglas Wynn, SGL’s VP Sales Americas, explains, “NAB provides the perfect platform for us to showcase FlashNet’s new features, which enable broadcasters and content owners to simplify their archive workflows. Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions or to discuss any project throughout the show.”

31/03/2015
SGL ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION WITH ASPERA PROVIDING CLOUD-BASED STORAGE AND DISASTER RECOVERY WORKFLOWS

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has today announced its integration with high-speed file transfer software provider Aspera. Using the latest version of SGL’s FlashNet archive solution, broadcasters and content owners can now transfer media to a private or commercial cloud at a guaranteed speed benefitting from an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




Aspera provides a breakthrough transport technology that fully utilises available network bandwidth, transfers data at maximum speed and scales up as required with no theoretical limit. The SGL integration with Aspera means that broadcasters and content owners can quickly and easily transfer material directly to the cloud from their MAM system using SGL FlashNet.




FlashNet’s rules-based implementation provides fully-automated data duplication across multiple storage layers and locations. Using the latest version of FlashNet operators can create additional rules that send material directly to the cloud. The FlashNet archive is able to track and record exactly where material is at any given time regardless of long-term storage method.




Douglas Wynn, SGL’s VP Sales Americas, explains, “Using the cloud for disaster recovery purposes provides a secure and cost-effective place for material that’s only likely to be restored in the event of a catastrophic failure. We’re delighted to announce this integration with Aspera further highlighting FlashNet’s scalability, resilience, flexibility and adaptability.”

25/03/2015
SGL Unveils Avid® Interplay® Web Services Integration with Partial File Restore at NAB 2015

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is announcing its integration with Avid® Interplay® Web Services at NAB 2015. This latest integration between the two companies includes partial file restore, a unique feature of the Avid® Interplay® Web Services solution developed by SGL. Avid and SGL have a strong alliance that has provided customers around the world with a fully integrated MAM/PAM and archive solution.




Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. 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 | Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




SGL is the only archive provider to enable partial file restore functionality as part of Avid® Interplay® Web Services. This feature enables operators 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.




Douglas Wynn, SGL’s VP Sales Americas, “We’re delighted to announce this latest integration with Avid at NAB 2015, and to be able to provide customers with a cost-effective archive solution that allows partial file restore functionality.”

17/03/2015
SGL PROVIDES THAILAND’S TNN 24 WITH SCALABLE ARCHIVE FOR NEWS ENVIRONMENT

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a key sale of its FlashNet archive system to TNN 24, a 24/7 digital news channel, owned and operated by Thailand’s leading cable and satellite TV operator TrueVisions.




TNN 24’s fully integrated digital workflow sees ingested feeds sent to an Imagine Communications SAN. Selected content is then sent via FTP to a Harmonic disk storage system. Under the control of Avid Interplay, SGL FlashNet archives and restores content to and from LTO-6 tapes stored on a Quantum Scalar i6000 library.




SGL FlashNet, integrated with Avid Interplay, provides TNN 24 with a fully scalable archive designed to address the instant access, short-term rapid retrieval and longer term storage requirements that are unique to news environments. It also provides TNN 24 with a disaster recovery strategy by providing a FlashNet tape duplication feature creating a second copy of the original material.




FlashNet is a key content archive solution for newsrooms such as TNN 24, providing automated storage management that keeps data where the newsroom needs it most. It provides rapid access to recent and live content and then automatically moves material to longer term storage as access priorities change with data age.




Donald Li, SGL’s Director of Sales APAC explains, “SGL's Open System architecture makes FlashNet the most accessible content archive storage management system available to the video industry. We’re very excited to announce this sale to TNN 24, Asia is a key territory for SGL and we look forward to making further customer announcements in the coming weeks.”

10/03/2015
SGL HIGHLIGHTS NEW ARCHIVE CONTROL AND KEY THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION AT CABSAT 2015

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, will be highlighting new FlashNet features at CABSAT 2015. Further simplify workflow procedures and enhancing usability of the system, FlashNet delivers highly evolved and efficient archives to leading broadcasters throughout the region including: AD Media, MBC, Qatar TV, Al Baghdadia, Al Aan, Al Kass and many others. Designed to integrate seamlessly with NRCS, MAM or Automation Control systems SGL FlashNet provides significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop.




SGL is highlighting the latest version of FlashNet archive control, which now provides support for Avid Web Services and Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA). Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




SGL’s integration with Sony ODA 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. SGL will emphasise the speed and ease in which FlashNet can archive and restore directly from both the Avid Interplay MAM & PAM edit desktops.




Further integration projects that will be highlighted at the show include FlashNet and GV STRATUS media production toolset. This latest integration provides transparent access to the FlashNet archive from GV STRATUS, allowing full support for GXF partial file restore, a critical feature for Grass Valley customers. Using SGL FlashNet, the backend archive appears as a seamless extension of all Grass Valley environments. SGL’s full integration with EVS’ IPDirector sees FlashNet control the movement of sports media within the EVS IPDirector workflow. This enables vital highlights material to be available to all parts of the creative process.




Lee Sheppard, SGL’s Director of Product Management says, “CABSAT is a key platform for us to meet with existing and potential clients in the region. Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on the booth to answer any questions or to discuss any project.”

03/03/2015
SGL SELECTED BY LEADING JAPANESE BROADCASTER TO PROVIDE FULLY INTEGRATED DIGITAL PRODUCTION ARCHIVE FOR DRAMA

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a major sale of its FlashNet content management system to an established TV and radio broadcaster in Japan. FlashNet will provide an end-to-end digital archive workflow for drama content production.




The installation sees SGL FlashNet fully integrated with the broadcaster’s Avid Interplay | Production workflow. Under the control of Avid Interplay | Production, SGL FlashNet archives and restores material to and from Avid ISIS | 7500 online storage and Avid ISIS | 2500 nearline storage devices. Operators have the additional capability to utilise an SGL FlashNet watch folder to archive material shot on Sony’s HD SR (444) format.




SGL FlashNet provides the engine that drives Avid Interplay | Archive. Built around a clustered architecture, FlashNet allows virtually infinite scalability of the archive, providing Avid users with an integrated archive regardless of size, from the smallest stations to the largest network operation.




Donald Li, SGL’s Director of Sales APAC says, “We’re delighted to accommodate the archive requirements for the drama programming output of this renowned broadcaster in Japan. This is an important production process that requires careful management in order to preserve and to safeguard valuable content. Utilising FlashNet will ensure the broadcaster’s content is protected while its archive is future-proofed for many years to come.”

11/02/2015
SGL NAB 2015 Preview

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.




At NAB 2015 SGL will unveil:




Full archive demonstration via GV STRATUS MAM: SGL will demonstrate a full archive using GV STRATUS, hosted by a Grass Valley presenter. A highly intuitive solution, GV STRATUS includes full search, archive and restore integrated directly with FlashNet. The presentation will include FlashNet’s control of job queues directly from GV STRATUS.




Asset Migration Service launch: The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.




Partial file restore via Avid Web Services: SGL’s integration with Avid Web Services now includes partial file restore capability. Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content.




Also highlighting:

Integration with Aspera for cloud-based archive: The new version of FlashNet, which will be launched at NAB 2015, brings to fruition SGL’s new integration with Aspera. Using FlashNet, broadcasters and content owners can transfer media to the cloud at a guaranteed speed providing an additional means of storage and disaster recovery workflows.




Partial file restore of QuickTime ™ files: This demonstration will highlight partial file restore of QuickTime ™ files directly from tape.




Full archive demonstration via Avid Interplay PAM: SGL will show a full archive demonstration via Avid’s Interplay PAM system.




Support for LTFS: Material can be acquired directly to disk and then dragged and dropped to data tape and transported back to a facility, removing the need to re-ingest content to the archive and enabling large amounts of data to be transported and archived on a single LTO tape.




New version of FlashWeb: The latest version of FlashWeb includes enhanced search capabilities and simplified navigation allowing broadcasters and content owners to easily archive and restore material to any configured FlashNet disk or tape group. This can be achieved without the

30/01/2015
SGL CABSAT 2015 Preview

SGL’s content management system FlashNet delivers highly evolved and efficient archives to leading broadcasters throughout the Middle East region including: AD Media, MBC, Qatar TV, Al Baghdadia, Al Aan, Al Kass and many others. SGL's FlashNet is designed to integrate seamlessly with NRCS, MAM or Automation Control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop.




SGL will be exhibiting at CABSAT 2015, held between the 10th and 12th March, and will be highlighting the following solutions:




FlashNet archive control: The latest version of FlashNet archive control expands to provide support for Avid Web Services and Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA). Whilst the fully implemented Avid Interplay Archive provides a seamless user experience, smaller work groups may require a paired down version. SGL’s support for Avid Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require but can employ Avid Integrated Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content. SGL’s integration with Sony ODA 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.




Avid Interplay integration: SGL will highlight the speed and ease in which SGL FlashNet can archive and restore directly from both the Avid Interplay MAM & PAM edit desktops.




GV STRATUS integration: SGL’s integration of FlashNet with GV STRATUS media production toolset provides transparent access to the FlashNet archive from GV STRATUS, allowing full support for GXF partial file restore, a critical feature for Grass Valley customers. Using SGL FlashNet, the backend archive appears as a seamless extension of all Grass Valley environments.




EVS IPDirector integration: SGL’s full integration with EVS’ IPDirector workflow sees FlashNet control the movement of sports media within the EVS IPDirector workflow. This enables vital highlights material to be available to all parts of the creative process.




Both technical and commercial SGL staff will be available on booth B3-42 to answer any questions or to discuss any project.

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