Extreme storage required


SeaChange International’s Broadcast group has announced that KCET, the largest independent US public television station, will launch its new state-of-the-art Burbank television station with a 56 HD channel SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary system.

The system architecture includes 360TB of shared storage to support air-protected playout as well as near-line storage.

KCET will deploy the new master control play-to-air operation around main and air-protect Universal MediaLibrary (UML) systems. A third UML is integrated as near-line storage utiliSed for browsing of proxy files and as shared storage across multiple applications in the facility.

KCET’s play-to-air topology includes 56 SD/HD I/O channels via SeaChange MediaClient 8200 codecs. The SeaChange MediaClient is a modular software codec that serves as a building block for ingest and play-to-air systems. The system also includes main and backup MSV 1200 edge servers deployed for time delayed channels.

With its unique simultaneous NAS and SAN connectivity, KCET is able to share its UML storage across the enterprise, allowing MediaClient codecs to attach as high performance iSCSI clients in a SAN environment. It also provides access to all files via FTP or CIFS NAS clients. The Universal MediaLibrary is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB drive configurations, enabling a system to scale to multiple petabytes in a single global name space.

“We have relied on SeaChange broadcast servers and storage for years. The redundancy built into their servers have never let us down,’ said Gordon Bell, senior vice president for Engineering, Operations and IT, KCET. “We are looking forward to many more years as we write a new chapter in our history at KCET.’

Bang Chang, vice president of SeaChange Broadcast, which is becoming XOR Media following customary regulatory approvals, said, “KCET has been a long time SeaChange Broadcast customer. KCET’s deployment of our UML as the storage platform for both play-to-air and active archive validates our product strategy of adapting state-of-the-art IT technology in supporting media applications. As a result of this strategy, we have the only storage system in the industry that supports both real-time play-to-air and active archive workload; the only system that supports NAS and SAN simultaneously; and the only system that supports 10G IP and Fibre Channel access at the same time.”


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