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Overview

 

Every day we create more and more data. From electronic communications to GPS and from social media posts to digital images and video, we’re producing more information than ever before.

And with the advent of 4K, 8K and high-frame rate footage in the video production industry, managing and archiving these assets effectively is becoming more and more important – and challenging.

Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) offers reliable, economical and environmentally-sound long-term storage suitable for broadcast stations, educational institutions, federal and local government agencies, banks, and many others.

It doesn’t matter how much data you need to store, whether it’s a small archive stored on a few shelves or a sprawling library of information. Optical Disc Archive is a scalable solution designed to grow with you.

Your data is important. Let Sony protect it.

 

Reliability

The Sony Optical Disc Archive is the result of more than 30 years of research and development in optical technologies and offers media for the long-term reliable storage of your valuable data.

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Recording mechanism – phase-change technology

Optical Disc Archive writes data using a system known as “Phase Change.” When the recording surface material is heated above the melting point (600℃) and then rapidly cooled after melting by an optical laser beam, individual elements change from a “crystal state” to an “amorphous state”, in which the individual elements are positioned randomly. In addition to this, the data recording layer is safely covered with a separate film to minimise the effects of external contaminants such as dust or water.

The effect of this is truly outstanding long-term storage performance compared to methods such as recording on magnetic tape and hard disc that record electrical signals directly onto a contact surface.

 

PERFECT RELIABILITY

To ensure that customers can store important data for extended periods of time with peace of mind, we’re constantly verifying the reliability of our media by subjecting it to the most stringent tests.

This is a preliminary calculation based on objective data and Sony offers no guarantee that media are capable of storing data for 100 years irrespective of the environment.

Acceleration tests – temperature and humidity

To demonstrate long life spanning many tens of years, we perform accelerated aging tests defined by ISO standards. We leave the media in extremely harsh environments (with a maximum temperature and humidity of 80% and 85%) for extended periods of time and calculate the degree of degradation by measuring the error rate. From this, we can calculate the lifespan of the media under normal environments.

Looking at the results in the figure to the right, we can see that, when data is stored at 50°C, Optical Disc Archive Gen 2.0 keeps data secure for 100 years - 50 years longer than our first-generation ODA system. This demonstrates that the media possesses excellent long-term storage performance in ordinary environments and the resilience needed to cope, for example, with a wide range of climates around the world and temporary environmental changes during transportation. When tape media is exposed to high temperatures such as this, the tape itself stretches, presenting the strong possibility of resulting damage to data.

Acceleration tests – corrosive gas

Sony did another acceleration test in order to prove there will be no corrosion under normal environment. This aging is based on the corrosive environmental test conditions specified by the IEC (International Electro‐technical Commission) Method‐4. As a result, media quality degradation was practically nothing after leaving those media in corrosive gas with 2 weeks.

Sea water tests – water resistant media

The last few years have witnessed a great many natural disasters, with tsunamis, hurricanes and flooding creating widespread water damage. Optical Disc Archive is an ideal means of protecting customers’ data from such water damage. To prove this, we left the media submerged in seawater for three weeks and, after completely removing the seawater and drying the media, it was confirmed that the data could still be read. Once water penetrates a hard disc, damage to all data on the disc is unavoidable, while water and salt cause degradation of the tape surface of tape media, presenting an extremely high risk of data loss. Third parties have also conducted tests on XDCAM, which uses the same Sony optical disc technologies, in snow and dishwashers.

Abrasion tests – scratch-resistant media

When handling conventional optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, we all have experience of holding the disc by the edges to protect the surface. The reason we do this is because repeated scratching of the disc surface results in destabilisation of the data reading by laser. Each disc used by Optical Disc Archive is protected with a robust coating film, making them resistant to scratching even if exposed to abrasion. The figure to the right shows abrasion testing conducted at Sony, and shows that, although conventional DVDs are scratched, discs used by Optical Disc Archive have almost no scratches at all.

During ordinary use, the discs do not protrude outside of the cartridge.

Discs are partitioned inside the cartridge to ensure that never come into contact with each other.

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Optical Disc Archive

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Prevention of data falsification – True WORM media

Storing data over a long period of time presents a significant risk that the stored data may be changed with malicious intent by third parties. The rewriting of data such as video footage that represents national assets or personal data such as medical information must be avoided at all costs. This is why media in general use is provided with a mechanism that makes rewriting impossible once data has been written. Although tape media too is provided with a recording inhibit switch to prevent rewriting, it is impossible to completely prevent third parties with malicious intent from tampering with data. With Optical Disc Archive, on the other hand, data falsification can be prevented by its actual write characteristics. Of the two Optical Disc Archive media, the characteristics of “Write Once Media” make it impossible to rewrite data from the outside. In this way, Optical Disc Archive offers long-term protection of customers’ data as “True WORM (Write Once Read Many)” media.

Confidential data read – low Error Rate

Optical Disc Archive boasts a range of software-based error correcting technologies which, when combined with its proven robust hardware, give it an unsurpassed high data-read quality.

On the fly Verify (drive)

When data is written in Optical Disc Archive, the data is read internally using a drive and driver developed by Sony, and the read quality is checked according to strict unique standards to ensure that data can be read without fail even after long-term storage.

Complete data comparison using multiple optical eyes!

Proprietary parity mechanism by file system driver, on top of standard ECC (error check & correction).

Optical Disc Archive Parity (file system driver)

In addition to using the basic optical disc Error Check & Correction (ECC) technology also employed by Blu-Ray, Optical Disc Archive realises an unrivalled error rate by allocating parity (technology that protects data in the event of an error through data redundancy) for each fixed size in individual file system layers.

Hash Value Check (application)

The Content Manager and File Manager perform hash-value comparison of the original data with data written in Optical Disc Archive. (Hash Value Check is a general technology and its mechanism is used in many applications.)

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100 YEARS OF ARCHIVAL LIFE

The Optical Disc Archive system stores data onto cartridge-encased optical discs. Each cartridge holds multiple discs, enabling high-capacity storage. Because optical disc writes and reads are non-contact, they offer extremely reliable and long-lasting storage. The cartridge, in turn, is durable and dust-resistant, and can be expected to keep data safe for more than 100 years – twice as long as our previous Optical Disc Archive system.

When the recording surface material is heated above the melting point of 600°C and then rapidly cooled after melting, its substances solidify in an amorphous state. Unlike data tape, the Optical Disc Archive system doesn’t need media migration to copy all data onto the latest media. The system’s drive software treats each 12-disc cartridge as a single volume, while the drive itself incorporates a small changer mechanism that automatically changes the discs so that users don’t recognise they are using multiple discs. Six media types are available, with cartridge capacities ranging from 300 GB (at the low end) to 3.3 TB (high end), so users are free to choose the capacity that best meets their application.

 

 

 

Accessibility

Optical Disc Archive features outstanding random read access, making it possible to access the data you need quickly. You can play parts of a video file you wish to view and quickly retrieve a document from a large number of files, eliminating the hassle that comes with using tape storage.

Capitalising on the characteristics of random access, Optical Disc Archive offers the ability to play videos without stress or frustration.

The head can be moved freely on the disc.

The tape needs to be fast-forwarded/rewound to the position where the required data is located.

Sequential access and random access

“Sequential access” refers to the process of accessing a series of data on media in regulated order from the first datum while “random access” refers to the process of accessing data in random order.

Maximum data access speed

Although necessitating disc exchanges when the required data is on a different disc, Optical Disc Archive offers the ability to access data with remarkable speed compared to tape data that necessitates the physical fast-forwarding and rewinding of a tape 800 meters or more in length until the location of the required data is reached.

Time taken for one disc exchange on Optical Disc Archive: Approximately 30 seconds

Time taken to move the head on a data tape with a total length of 800 meters: Approximately 2 minutes 30 seconds

 

Cost saving

In addition to the up-front cost, major factors in the total cost generated by long-term archives include the maintenance required for long-term storage such as human resources and temperature control. Optical Disc Archive minimises long-term storage costs to cut down the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

 

No Migration

As its name indicates, Optical Disc Archive employs optical technologies to maintain inter-generational compatibility, eliminating the need for migration every few years. This eliminates the need for media, hardware and software as well the cost of human resources required to perform copying work, resulting in reduced TCO.

Power Consumption Simulation over 10 Years

*1 It consumes 20 watts to read/write. In this example, you use 5 hours (0.5 hours x 10 times) per year for 10 years.

*2 A 2 TB HDD consumes 6 watts when idle. In this example, you use 50 HDDs for 24 hours over 10 years.

Hypothetical scenario: In Tokyo, data tapes need air conditioning (AC) for a whole year, consuming 25,000 kwh over 10 years. Optical discs only need AC for three summer months, consuming only 10,000 kwh over 10 years.

*3 Optimum storage temperature

 

High speed

In data archiving, as volumes of data have increased, so too has the need for high-speed data writing and reading. When equipped with a 4ch pickup, an original development by Sony, Optical Disc Archive users benefit from a maximum read speed of 1.1Gbps. With an 8ch pickup, the maximum read speed is 2Gbps.

 

The ODS-D280U/F drive unit (Generation2) is equipped with 8-channel pickup to for high speed data transfer

 
 

The ODS-D77U/F drive unit (Generation 1) is equipped with 4-channel pickup

 

Simple Start

Simple

Optical Disc Archive Drive uses the widely used USB 3.0 as its interface so it can be used right away. And because the driver is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, Optical Disc Archive can be used with any operating system. Included with the driver is Optical Disc Archive Filer, a dedicated copy tool that ensures smoother copying of files to Optical Disc Archive by, for example, minimising the number of disc exchanges required when reading data and enabling the user to specify operations such as stop and resume when an error occurs during copying.

Data file archive

Optical Disc Archive isn’t just for video files -- any type of data that can be read by your PC can be archived. And you can arrange your files how you want, such as by project or hierarchical division.

Easy handling

Optical Disc Archive incorporates multiple discs into a single cartridge to give a total capacity of up to 3.3TB, so you can easily handle large volumes of data at once. To store 1TB of data using 50GB Blu-ray discs, you’d have to insert twenty discs into the drive one after the other to archive your data. With Optical Disc Archive, you simply drag and drop your files from your PC to the drive. And because the discs are encased in the cartridge, you don’t have to worry about protecting them from contaminants such as dust.

 

Future Proof

Roadmap

In order to achieve higher capacity and faster transfer speeds, Sony is establishing a format roadmap of the Optical Disc Archive system. While the first generation had a capacity of up to 1.5TB, a new standard for professional use, the current second generation of the Optical Disc Archive achieves a capacity of 3.3 TB. The third generation will achieve an even higher capacity of 5.5 TB.

The Archival Disc standard uses proven technology to achieve higher capacity. Double-sided discs (3 layers per side) and land-and-groove format technology will be used. Faster transfer speeds are also planned, due to the development of multi-channel laser heads on the next-generation drive.

For long-term preservation of assets, the Optical Disc Archive guarantees inter-generational compatibility. Now and in future, this system delivers an efficient, secure, and reliable archive solution.

Capacity Expansion

Optical Disc Archive Generation 2 will realise capacity expansion up to a maximum of 3.3TB per cartridge by using the “Archival Disc” scheduled to be implemented in 2015 as a bare disc.

The Archival Disc is a next-generation optical disc for professional use formulated by Sony Corporation and Panasonic Corporation in March 2014 with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage. Archival Disc is a new format with broad compatibility to meet data archive needs that are growing at an ever faster pace as data capacity increases in areas such as long-term archiving in video production that handles large data files, cloud data centres that handle big data and in companies. The site detailing the official Archival Disc roadmap and press release is shown below.

 

Press Release      Download White Paper

The main technologies for the realisation of a single 300GB Archival Disc scheduled for implementation in 2015 are shown below. To realise a 300GB capacity, 3 layers are mounted on each side and, in addition, a data writing method known as “Land & Groove” is adopted to enable writing of data of greater density.

Disk size (type)
300GB (write-once)
Optical parameters
Wavelength λ=405nm (nanometers), Numerical Aperture NA=0.85
Disc structure
Double-sided disc (3 layers/side), Land & Groove Format
Track pitch
0.225μm (micrometers)
Data bit length
79.5nm (nanometers)
Error correction method
Reed-Solomon Code
 

Increased Speed

Optical Disc Archive Generation 2 uses our original high-speed technology to simultaneously read and write data utilising a total of eight optical lasers deployed on both sides of the disc to realise a maximum high-speed data read speed of 2Gbps and a maximum high-speed data write speed of 1Gbps (with verification) and is capable of astonishing high-speed data processing compared to other archive media.

*The 2Gbps (= 250MB/sec) transfer rate is a speed at which one hour of video data in Sony’s XDCAM HD422 format (50Mbps) can be transferred in just under approximately 2 minutes and 4K material (XAVC 600Mbps) in just under approximately 20 minutes, using the ODC3300R cartridge

Assembly in the drive with 2 laser heads {2 channels} mounted

Two head assemblies are mounted in the drive and, a total of 8 laser channels are mounted to handle both sides.

 

Backward Compatibility

Archival Disc uses a laser for writing with the same specification as Blu-ray discs, facilitating the maintenance of backward compatibility. Supported by these technological backgrounds, Optical Disc Archive can keep customers’ total long-term archive costs to a minimum.

Optical Disc Archive at Ecuador Arts University

Considered one of Latin America’s most advanced audio-visual production centres, discover how the Arts University of Ecuador is using Optical Case Archive.

The Arts University of Ecuador

The Arts University of Ecuador is a public institution that was created by the Ecuadorian government to offer its students a high profile educational centre for cinema, television and radio production, with the aim of enhancing the country’s artistic and cultural development. Today it is consider one of the most advanced audio-visual production centres in Latin America.

The Challenge

The University needed a easy-to-administer system, with a friendly interface for non-expert users and capable of adequately managing the student’s permissions and tasks.

The aim was to provide students with real, professional tools, adapted to the broadcast market in order to give them a full experience of the kind of environments that they will face in their professional careers.

The company selected to implement the solution was VSN, a specialist in media solutions and a Sony Optical Disc Archive alliance partner.

The Solution

The system relies on VSNEXPLORER, VSN’s Media & Business Process Management solution, with 70 licences for concurrent users, integrated with the editors Avid Media Composer, Nitrix, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. It was also provided to the University an ISILON high level storage redundant system, formed by four X200 nodes with 24 TB each one, with eight 10GbE ports for editing, HD, 2K and 4K.

The robotic archive library is a Sony ODS with 130 slots and two drives, formed by a L30M unit with a L100B expansion module and two D77 fiber drives. All the system is managed by the Spider orchestration platform, developed by VSN, that allows for a redundant virtualized environment with four VSN Workers General servers for media transfer between different environments, four VSN Workers Transcoder dedicated servers for proxies creation, and three VSN Workers Carbon Coder servers dedicated for transcoding and format unification.

The platform allows for an efficient user and access permits management, the restriction of actions such as writing/reading/ cancelling and the defining of storage quotas, among others. The data communication system is formed by a 10GbE SWITCH that communicates every server, with two redundant switches with 48 GbE ports to which the client stations are connected.

The Results

The whole system was deployed in a really short time, according to the Arts University deadlines, and the personnel received the necessary training to being able to get the best from VSN’s tools.

Students now can study, practice and learn the most advances techniques in audio-visual contents management in a safe, stable and professional environment, receiving high education with the latest standards available in the broadcast market.

The Workflow

Discover how Sony's Optical Disc Archive is integrated into the workflow created by VDS

The Vatican video archive goes digital with Sony’s innovative Optical Disc Archive

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Video footage of special moments in the lives of the Popes are among the Vatican’s most precious assets. Thanks to Sony technology these irreplaceable records will soon be safer and more easily accessible than ever.

 

CTV (Centro Televisivo Vaticano) is the Vatican’s own TV station, established by Pope John Paul II in 1983. The station’s crews film the activities of the Holy Father and Holy See – the central government of the Roman Catholic Church. It produces its own programmes as well as providing footage for other broadcasters around the world and keeps an extensive archive for future use.

As part of a major project to digitise the Vatican’s records, the CTV team was keen to move towards tapeless storage. After carefully evaluating the various solutions on the market, they chose to invest in Sony technology.

The Sony solution is based on an Optical Disc Archive (ODA) library to be used in conjunction with integration and workflow orchestration platform Media Backbone Conductor (MBC).

The first stage of the project involves working together with third party suppliers to renew CTV’s master control room. Once the new systems have been installed the process to create a fully digital version of the existing video archive will begin, replacing tapes with ODA disc cartridges, each able to hold up to 1.5 terabytes of data.

Thanks to the stability and durability of ODA cartridges, the Vatican’s precious footage will be safe yet easily accessible for many years to come.

Optical Disc Archive at Jyske Bank

“Optical Disc Archive is very easy to use and a relatively inexpensive solution for us. With 30 Optical Disc Archive cartridges in the PetaSite library at any one time this perfectly fits our requirements.”

Company background

Perhaps unique among banking institutions and certainly among the first brands anywhere, Denmark's Jyske Bank (pronounced You-ska) has pioneered a communications strategy powered almost exclusively by video.

The bank has produced daily video content for its own web TV channel since 2006. Content is designed to communicate a variety of public relations and marketing messages with its customers and a wider audience. Video is also used internally to distribute corporate messages, training and information. Every week a live programme, 'Inside Live', is available to view by every employee. The core of the network is Jyskebank.tv, described as the go-to, interactive source for all those who wish to be informed on the latest financial happenings. It is a TV news channel delivering up-to-the-minute information on financial markets and breaking economic news.

The company refers to itself as both a bank and a media company and has won several awards for its approach. Its permanent broadcast team of 15 produces financial programming, in Danish and English languages, as well as compelling stories that the bank believes are relevant to its core audience of younger consumers and small enterprises. These include interviews with media personalities, footballers and even philosophers.

The bank houses a cutting-edge file-based TV studios located in the Danish city of Silkeborg and manages a string of correspondents filing live reports from locations worldwide including from the NASDAQ in New York's Times Square.

Every piece of content the company shares is embeddable or sharable on other sites. Because of this, 80 percent of Jyske’s content is viewed, not on its website or owned channels, but rather on outside sources, according to the company. This has helped it attract media partners from Mobile World Congress to the Cannes Lions.

Jyske Bank's requirements

Content has been produced digitally since 2006 and stored on Jyskebank.tv's internal Avid Interplay online system. Around three years ago the bank realised it needed a longer term solution to archive more than 6000 programmes and began investigating the options.

Steen Mertz, Director of Communications Technology explains “We have a lot of content stored on the Avid Interplay system and we decided to begin to move that into some other form of archive. In the long term we felt that the Interplay storage system would prove an expensive way to store content. A lot of the content is not in daily use so it was becoming a more and more expensive solution to grow the archive.

“We need to have some kind of record of what we've been doing but also we needed access to the archive so that we can pick and choose clips from previous productions. Keeping it all online however was neither economic nor a sensible use of storage space on the server.

“We'd been looking for solutions for several years until we found the right one in Sony.” Jyske Bank first tried a tape solution in a test phase for its future archive. “Even though we have significant amounts of content, compared to a national broadcaster we have a relatively small amount so for a data tape archive to have worked for us economically we would have had to purchase a large system.”

Why Sony was selected

“We always make a point of searching the market at trade shows and we have a good relationship with Sony in Denmark,” says Mertz. “A year ago we also standardised on Sony SxS file-based media, switching from P2, and investing in PMW-500 camcorders to record content.”

“We felt that Sony was offering a more advanced set of technologies in keeping with the current and future direction of Jyske Bank,” he adds. “In addition we felt that the Sony Optical Disc Archive solution was more elegant [than data tape solutions] in its ability to access and retrieve content.”

The Sony solution

Jyske Bank invested in an Optical Disc Archive PetaSite ODS-L30M 30-slot master library unit. The unit holds two ODS-D77F Optical Disc Archive fibre drives, 30 cartridges, and a built-in robotic mechanism in a 7U, 19-inch rack-mountable chassis. The ODS-L30M forms the basis of the PetaSite Optical Disc Archive. A total of five extension units can attach to the ODS-L30M to make up a single 42U library offering a maximum 535 cartridges (802 TB), depending on the extension units used.

The total archive solution is managed by Sony’s File Manager application. With five network clients, this provides a flexible, cost-effective and efficient method of archiving valuable assets for the long term, with minimal user involvement.

The Sony Optical Disc Archive system is ideal for deep archive where data tape does not provide the assurance or meet the need for write-once, very long-term archive requirements. It provides second copy archive at a remote site and is ideal for business continuity/disaster recovery, post house and production back-up and for video, film and stock footage archives or national archives. The system can also be used for news and sports clips that need to be near-online and as an on-line browse and proxy clip store.

The benefits to Jyske Bank

“Optical Disc Archive is very easy to use,” explains Mertz. “The economics of our archive means Optical Disc Archive is a relatively inexpensive solution for us and it gives us some great possibilities of retrieving the content again. With 30 Optical Disc Archive cartridges in the PetaSite library at any one time this perfectly fits our requirements.”

The next steps

The migration of content from the Optical Disc Archive began at the start of the summer 2014 and is nearing completion. Since the archive dated back eight years and included a mix of SD and HD content, a team was employed to not only manage that process but incorporate a quality control check on the content on ingest into Optical Disc Archive.

 

“We'd been looking for solutions for several years until we found the right one in Sony.”

Steen Mertz, Director, Communications Technology, Jyske Bank

N1 news channel relies on Sony Optical Disc Archive to help deliver vibrant, informative and compelling content to viewers

Company background

N1 is the first regional news platform with centres in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb, and an exclusive CNN affiliate for the region, focused on local news, offering 24 hours of professional, credible and accurate information from trusted journalists using the most advanced technology.

Launched this year it standardised its news-gathering and live broadcast operations on a range of Sony production equipment including XDCAM HD camcorders, studio cameras, vision switchers and the Optical Disc Archive for digital storage.

N1 operates through three major news production facilities (Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb) with smaller news hubs in cities throughout the region. Its editorial aim is to deliver 'vibrant, informative and compelling content to viewers.'

"Ours is a unique set-up in the region and possibly in Europe," said N1s Chief Technical Director, Igor Jovic. "Our news-gathering and broadcasting operations need the highest professional standards from day one, as well as co-ordination between three production centres, and that is what we get by standardizing on Sony equipment."

Under the agreement with CNN, N1 will be the exclusive news channel affiliate of CNN in the region. This gives N1 exclusive access to video and newsgathering resources from CNN International for transmission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

Launched this year, N1 standardised its news-gathering and live broadcast operations on a range of Sony production equipment, including XDCAM HD camcorders, studio cameras, vision switchers and the Optical Disc Archive for digital storage..

Sony has supplied live production equipment and cameras to equip three studios and three control rooms in the capitals of all three countries, as well as XDCAM HD422 camcorders for electronic newsgathering. The in-house file format is MXF XDCAM 50Mb/s 422.

N1's requirements

A core part of the N1 operation is a future-proofed and scalable archive solution which will integrate into daily content production.

"We are trying to achieve with the news channel something different to other TV news competitors in the region by innovating with new technology," says Jovic. "When it comes to archive, our thinking was that the most important thing was to have a good and reliable archive both now and in the future.

"We examined the use of digital tape storage, but selected Optical Disc Archive because we are 100 per cent sure that we can retrieve media it at any time in the future, something we are not sure of as current generations of tape archival media are superseded."

The Sony solution

N1 invested in a Sony Optical Disc Archive solution, comprising the Optical Disc PetaSite ODS-L30M library, managed by middleware from XenData. The PetaSite library provides a current 136TB capacity, scalable to over 800TB, with the Optical Disc Archive media offering a 50-year archive lifetime.

The Sony Optical Disc Archive system is ideal for deep archive where data tape does not provide the assurance or meet the need for very long-term archive requirements. It is ideally suited for providing a second copy broadcast archive solution at a remote site and is ideal for business continuity/disaster recovery, post house and production back-up and for video, film and stock footage archives or AV national archives. The system can also be used for news and sports clips that need to be near-online and as an on-line browse and proxy clip store.

As the total archive solutions supplier, Sony delivered and implemented the system through local reseller and partner, ProVideo.

Why Sony was selected

"With Optical Disc Archive it doesn't matter if technology advances - which it inevitably will - since we are future-proofed with storage going forward," explains Jovic. "As and when the next generation of drives are released we know that the Sony Optical Disc Archive strategy will work. Essentially we wanted to invest in a system at the outset so that we don't have to think about migrating our media to another system, or another version of a system, in five, ten or twenty years time.”

Platform confidence was not the only reason behind N1's technology choice. "Speed of access was vital," Jovic says. "Our production teams are revisiting older news recordings from the deep archive for a lot of material to supplement bulletins on a daily basis. Restoring material from the PetaSite Optical Disc Archive is not only reliable but it is fast, especially for the small size video files which we tend to produce. Each Optical Disc Archive disc can carry thousands of small files as well as full programmes, but the ability of production teams to search, access and retrieve particular content from the Optical Disc Archive efficiently was very important. It means that we can incorporate the archive as a living part of daily production and maximiseit as a resource.”

Sony Professional Solutions Europe provided the professional services for full system design, project management for the implementation of the XenData application and delivered the complete archive solution to meet N1’s required on-air date.

The benefits to N1

The 10,000 hours - and growing - archive library is interfaced to the IBIS iFind media asset management system via XenData middleware.

“All of our journalists now have the opportunity to see where their files are and from any desktop workstation they can pull files from the deep archive to central storage for editing and straight to air. The speed is incredible," says Jovic. Gone are the two-to-three days waiting for archived news material to be restored and available to the journalists to work with. The Sony PetaSite archive solution integrated with XenData middleware is a proven and reliable long-term archiving strategy.

The complete system offers a combination of flexibility, longevity and value. "When launching new projects to air our company has a policy of using the most cutting edge, advanced technology in the world,” says Jovic. “This enables us to not only become the number one news channel in our region but a leading news broadcaster internationally.” Sony PSE has delivered a total archive solution that meets the N1 strategic vision.

“Each Optical Disc Archive disc can carry thousands of small files but the ability of production teams to search, access and retrieve particular content from the Optical Disc Archive efficiently was very important. It means that we can incorporate the archive as a living part of the daily production and maximize it as a resource.”

Igor Jovic, Chief Technical Director, N1

 

OUR PARTNERS

 

We proactively work with our Archive Technology partners to ensure all our customers have the best experience with their equipment. We adopt an open and collaborative policy in supporting our partners, and are very proud that all the major archive technology companies support Optical Disc Archive (ODA). Find out more about our partners and their Optical Disc Archive compatible products below.

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

Simple and easy shelf archiving with drive unit

 

Compact 10-slot library system

ODS-L10 cannot install Gen2 drive

Scalable PetaSite library system with MAM application

Tape asset archive system with the PWS-100TD1 and PWS-300TD2

By combining the Tape Digitise Station (either PWS-100TD1 or PWS-300TD2) with our Optical Disc Archive (ODA) system allows you to achieve video based assets that can be carefully kept for a long time and efficiently digitised in a file-based format. These Tape Digitise Stations, powered by Sony’s original analytic software, monitors for errors during ingestion of VTR assets, and generates listings that enable efficient error resolution. The server enables easy conversion, and requires no specialised knowledge for setup or operation. It offers an effective and flexible solution for customers looking to move their assets into an Optical Disc Archive.

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