Harmonic Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 goes solid state at IBC

Harmonic’s Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated solid-state based media server will make its debut at IBC, offering the industry a new four-channel media server system has the reliability, low power requirements, and lower weight that solid-state disk (SSD) storage is known for having.

“The MediaDeck 7000 established a price-per-channel benchmark in media servers, and the new SSD-drive-equipped model offers yet another convenient, economical, and uncompromising solution for bringing new channels to air,” says Mark Cousins, senior product line manager for media servers at Harmonic. “The MediaDeck 7000 SSD provides the same robust performance as the MediaDeck 7000, with solid-state technology ideal for real-time production environments in which vibration, power costs, and weight limitations are significant concerns, such as in mobile and unattended remote operations or for sites prone to earthquakes and other mechanical disturbances.”

Equipped with four 480-GB SSD drives, the MediaDeck 7000 SSD provides 57 hours of 50-Mbps storage capacity. The integrated system packs up to four SD or HD video channels and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity into its compact 1-RU chassis. The flexible server system also features multiple-codec playback, up/down/cross-conversion, and HD/SD simulcast capabilities. Two-channel modularity enables even the smallest broadcast and video production operations to implement robust server-based ingest and playout operations — or sophisticated file-based workflows — for a broad range of video formats.

Like the other members of the Spectrum family, the MediaDeck 7000 SSD supports Spectrum ChannelPort, the integrated channel playout module introduced earlier this year that combines multi-format playout with sophisticated branding, master control switching, and other channel playout functions in a single, two-channel device fully compatible with Spectrum MediaPorts.

Leveraging the proven Spectrum architecture, the MediaDeck 7000 SSD is immediately deployable with over 100 third-party automation, MAM, production, and archiving applications. The new media server system can operate independently or within a larger network of Spectrum servers and Omneon MediaGrid shared storage systems managed by the Harmonic Media Application Server.

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