Imagine Communications delivers cloud-native disaster recovery to ZEE
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:53
Head of Broadcasting for Zee Network, Amitabh Kumar
Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through
transformative innovation, has delivered a compact, cloud-native disaster recovery
(DR) solution to leading global content company ZEE Entertainment Enterprises
The business continuity solution utilises the built-in redundancy capabilities of
virtualised and geo-dispersed environments to provide ZEEL with improved protection
of its playout operations for considerably less than the cost to build and maintain
ZEEL has rolled out a state-of-the-art cloud-based business continuity solution in its
DR facility in Mumbai using Imagine Communications’ Versio playout solution and the
company’s D-Series automation solution.
The backup site supports 15 ZEE channels running on Hewlett Packard Enterprise
(HPE) servers across a virtual platform that mirrors the main site. Any changes made
to the main system are immediately reflected on the DR system.
“Imagine Communications’ cloud-native business continuity solution helps to ensure
that our live channels never go off the air, no matter the unforeseen circumstances
we may face during the day-to-day running of our facility,” said Amitabh Kumar, head
of broadcasting for Zee Network, the parent company of ZEEL. “The virtualised nature
of the solution has already allowed ZEEL to realise savings on rack space and power
consumption. In addition, the installation’s remote management capabilities help us to
reduce resources at the DR site, keeping our opex low.”
A cloud-native approach to DR provides private or public cloud-based restoration of
broadcast and video playout operations. More affordable, reliable and easier to
manage than traditional business continuity solutions, cloud-native disaster recovery
is growing in popularity, with Imagine Communications supporting customers on
multiple continents through its Versio solution.
Versio is at the heart of ZEEL’s remote facility in Mumbai. Versio, among the
industry’s most comprehensive playout solutions, is 100% software running on
commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) IT platforms. The cloud-native solution is portable to
all deployment environments, including premise-based appliance approaches.
In Mumbai, Versio works in tandem with the D-Series playout automation system, a
highly scalable solution that provides device control for linear playout channels and
manages the movement of file-based media to multiple delivery platforms. The D-
Series Remote Schedule Synchronization (DRSS) feature enables both the primary
and backup ZEEL sites to run in sync.
“ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited enjoys a long history with Imagine
Communications and is one of the most innovative media companies in the region,
and among the first to transition operations to a fully software-centric model utilizing
COTS equipment,” said Brick Eksten, chief product officer at Imagine
Communications. “It is no surprise that ZEEL is one of the first media companies
operating in the Indian subcontinent to recognize the cost and efficiency benefits of
cloud-native solutions and to identify business continuity operations as a starting
point for the adoption of a next-generation architecture.”
Some media companies are adopting cloud-native disaster recovery operations as a
first step in the transition of mission-critical operations to virtualised environments,
with plans to use the virtualised facilities for launching new channels or hosting
existing ones after gaining the proper level of comfort in the performance and
reliability of the cloud.
Additional information about these solutions and Imagine Communications can be
found on their website.