Marquis Broadcast Parking adds to Infinity Archive appliance.

Marquis Broadcast Parking adds to Infinity Archive appliance.

Global Distribution and Marquis Broadcast have joined together to allow easy access and protection of digital assets using Marquis Broadcast’s Parking and Global’s Infinity Archive.

Marquis Broadcast’s Parking allows Avid and Apple editors to read and write open standard files to an archive. Essence and metadata including effects and audio levels are kept together to allow an easy reload process when required, avoiding the need to re-ingest and conform.

Infinity Archive is an appliance that provides secure storage for digital assets by integrating high speed disk storage and reliable data tape. Content is easily transferred to the archive appliance where it is stored on both disk cache and then copied to secure LTO tape in a TAR file allowing the tapes to be easily transferred between different storage locations and systems.

Editors often need to re-edit programmes days, weeks, or months after the initial edit has finished. Or projects started on one system may need to be finished on another. Also schedules can change rapidly and its highly useful to be able to deploy any system, or any person at anytime on any given project. It isn’t practical or cost effective to keep every sequence timeline that might need re-editing sitting on online high performance editing storage.

By combining together Marquis and Global can allow editors to easily move content from their expensive production storage to increase return on investment. Once files have been ‘parked’ onto the Infinity Archive they can easily be restored either to the original edit system or to any other compatible edit system.

Once content is moved to the Infinity Archive it is then securely stored in an open TAR format on long-lasting, secure digital tape. This allows Post houses and departments to actively manage clients’ libraries and simplifies re-edits and re-versioning – providing another revenue stream.

This combined solution also provides a secure back-up of content; the Infinity Archive can be set to make a second copy of all tapes automatically for storage off-site. This is an area that is often overlooked in the file-based world and also addresses insurance requirements.

“We are delighted to be working with Marquis Broadcast in developing a solution to protect and simplify access to digital assets” said Keith Warburton, MD of Global Distribution. “The combination of a high performance disk cache and cost effective long term storage on LTO data tapes is a perfect solution for a digital video and imaging archive.”

“Our aims in developing Parking were to both protect and simplify access to digital assets”said Granby Patrick, Technology Director of Marquis Broadcast, “Global’s Infinity Archive helps meet both these aims by automatically copying data to secure digital tape”.

Global Distribution will be demonstrating Infinity Archive on their stand C20 at Broadcast Video Expo from 16-18 February 2010.

About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today’s fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. The company has considerable experience in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices, providing easy to use workflows via Medway, Marquis’ widely installed interoperability engine.

Infinity Archive – Overview
Infinity Archive virtualises hard disk RAID storage and digital data tape to provide a single logical drive that can be seamlessly shared over a network – connecting to Mac, Windows and Linux clients via CIFS/SMB share, or FTP for file transfers. Media content and data is written to and retrieved from Infinity ARCHIVE as though from a standard logical hard drive volume.

Infinity Archive supports Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) that enables users to manage on-line, near-line and off-line media based on administrator defined policies. These policies define content retention times on the hard disk cache, the specific group(s) of tapes to which content will be written, and the scheduling of data tape replication.

Replicated data tapes can be removed from Infinity Archive and stored off-site for disaster recovery purposes, and long-term off-line media archive.

Parking – Overview
Parking allows Avid and Apple editors to read and write open standard files to an archive. ‘Parked’ files can be subsequently restored quickly and easily to the original edit system or to any other compatible edit system. This means people, projects and systems can be flexibly scheduled. This maximises return on investment of staff and equipment.

Parking provides a simple and fast ‘one click’ method of moving projects off of dedicated editing storage to archive and generic low cost storage. Long term archives can then be made if required to removable tape media, for example for insurance purposes or for long term library storage. Essence and metadata, including effects and audio levels, are kept together to allow an easy reload process whenever work needs to resume avoiding the need to re-ingest and conform.