IBM Aspera partner ecosystem expands with Avid, EVS and Telstra integrations
By: Fergal Ringrose
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 4:24 pm

Aspera, an IBM Company, has expanded its technology partner ecosystem with incremental integrations announced at NAB in Las Vegas. Adding to the ecosystem — which comprises more than 100 companies — additional integrated offerings are now available for deployment from media and entertainment vendors.

Avid: Adding to the embedded offerings with Avid Interplay | Delivery, Interplay | Transfer, Interplay | MAM and Media Composer, Aspera Sync is now integrated into Avid NEXIS, the first software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media.

“Aspera is an essential piece of the end-to-end workflow for a majority of the media and entertainment customer base,” said Alan Hoff, vice president, Market Solutions, Avid. “Adding Aspera support for Avid NEXIS was the next natural progression to complete the full capability for the simple transfer, management and storage of assets.”

EVS: Complementing the integration of C-Cast for live event distribution, EVS has added Aspera Connect Server support for C-Next, a plug-and-play solution that connects distant sites for full live production collaboration. By providing remote access to content produced at the event site to production teams at the broadcast center, the C-Next platform ensures efficiencies among staff and resources. Aspera’s FASP protocol ingests large media files that would otherwise be untenable with existing file methods to provide joint customers with a smooth end-to-end contribution process.

“Given the mission-critical nature of our business, we rely on Aspera for guaranteed and secure content delivery to meet the steep requirements of our broadcast partners,” said Nicolas Bourdon, SVP Marketing at EVS. “With Aspera for C-Next we get transfer at line speed regardless of distance or file size, and the built-in security mandated by our user base.”

Telstra: Aspera Files has been integrated into and adopted as the backbone for the Telstra Global Media Network, a professional media contribution solution which enables broadcasters and content developers to take their content global. Custom built for the media industry, the Telstra Global Media Network provides simple and efficient delivery of live and file-based video content by combining Telstra’s world-class network of global submarine cables, satellite stations, and broadcast operations into one solution.