NAB 2016: SGL To Launch New Version of FlashNet Content Management Solution
At NAB 2016, SGL (booth SL5306) will launch its new version of FlashNet content management solution, which is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to improve workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organizations with reliable, scalable solutions with cost and workflow benefits.
At NAB 2016, SGL will demonstrate its new User Interface for the first time. The UI, which will be incrementally rolled out over the next 12 months, provides customers with an elegant dashboard that further simplifies archive procedures with sophisticated tools for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more.
SGL now supports reading and restoring from SMPTE’s Archive eXchange Format (AXF). FlashNet, SGL’s flagship content management storage system, can now read and process AXF objects providing greater flexibility for customers, ensuring long term availability of content in the future regardless of technology evolution.
SGL is announcing its support for Ci, Sony’s cloud-based service that allows media professionals to collaborate on the creation and sharing of high quality, high resolution content. The SGL integration with Ci means that broadcasters and content owners can quickly and easily transfer material directly to the cloud from their MAM system using SGL FlashNet. As well as Ci, SGL also supports Aspera and Amazon S3 via ExpeDat Gateway.
SGL now provides Checksum support to further protect data. The Checksum feature receives or calculates the Checksum of each asset in either MD5 or SHAI format, and validates the Checksum when the asset is about to be used to ensure that it has not become corrupted in some way.
The new version of FlashNet unveiled at NAB allows customers to allocate a pre-defined number of drives within their library for a specific role, such as archiving Avid jobs only, or restoring/archiving material at a certain time of day. This allows larger broadcasters with multiple drives to further improve operational procedures.
Avid Interplay Web Services Plug-in with Partial File Restore Powered by Glookast
In addition to the new version of FlashNet, SVG will highlight partial file restore powered by Glookast, a unique feature of the Avid Interplay Web Services solution developed by SGL. SGL’s support for Avid Interplay Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Interplay | Archive at any time in the future without the need to re-archive any content. The partial file restore feature enables operators to easily select and restore elements of a clip directly from the archive in high resolution. Prior to this, partial file restore functionality could only be achieved using the full Avid Interplay | Archive
Enhanced API with support for REST Integration
SGL is highlighting the latest version of its FlashNet API, which now supports REST. This further simplifies FlashNet integration for partners.
Support for LTO-7
SGL has announced its support for LTO-7. LTO-7 specifications support tape cartridge native storage capacity of over 6TB, more than twice the compressed capacity of the previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates also double those of LTO-6. As with previous generations, LTO-7 drives will provide backward compatibility with the ability to read and write LTO generation 6 cartridges and read LTO generation 5 cartridges, helping to preserve media investments and ease implementation.
While many media files require large amounts of storage, projects also often require much smaller files to be stored such as JPEGs, XMLs, and so on. If each file is archived separately the process of writing to tape becomes much less efficient. The FlashNet Amalgamation Service resolves this problem by consolidating multiple small files into one set of files, which will be archived at the same time without additional tape positioning.