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.
Software Generation, Ltd is a privately held archive management software company headquartered in Fareham, England. SGL has been in business since 1989 and the company has over 4,500 instances of its flagship FlashNet product running around the world. More information can be found at www.sglbroadcast.com.