Front Porch Digital, Marquis Broadcast expand partnership

Front Porch Digital has announced an expansion of its partnership with UK-based Marquis Broadcast, a company that provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today’s fast-paced broadcasting environments. Marquis has integrated the API for Front Porch Digital’s advanced DIVArchive CSM system with Marquis’ new Project Parking storage analysis and management tool for Avid editing projects. The integration allows Avid users to archive and restore editing projects based on either a stand-alone or shared Avid storage environment. Marquis and Front Porch Digital customers will be able to manage shared edit storage more effectively and use the power of DIVArchive to control the archive.

“We realise that most facilities really struggle to manage their shared storage and ensure resources are available to deliver projects to their customers. At this year’s NAB Show, many customers who use both DIVArchive and Project Parking told us that they would like to see tighter integration between our solutions, and we were happy to oblige,” says Simon Fearn, product manager at Marquis Broadcast. “We have worked with Front Porch Digital on a number of projects, and we have the greatest regard for the company’s products and brand reputation in the media and entertainment market. We feel very confident that, working together, our two companies can help our mutual clients be more profitable while providing higher service levels and better products.”

The enhanced functionality from the DIVArchive/Project Parking integration will be especially useful for clients, such as major broadcasters, postproduction facilities, and large corporations, that use shared storage and need to communicate outside their facilities. The cooperation will enable Marquis clients to minimize their storage costs while supporting their own customers with the highest service levels. It will also make edit storage much more reliable and provide an easier way to move projects around. In addition, a new scheduling function enables clients to schedule archiving from the shared storage, either regularly for disaster recovery or selectively in order to free up space — a feature that will be particularly attractive to users in large facilities because it will ensure appropriate use of resources and add significantly to resilience.

DIVArchive already integrates with Marquis’ Medway solution. This new integration with Project Parking broadens the market range and pool of potential new customers for both companies. The alliance will also benefit Front Porch Digital resellers, who will have new opportunities to grow their businesses by selling both Front Porch Digital and Marquis solutions.

“The seamless integration between DIVArchive and Project Parking provides a cost-effective and easy solution to customers who want to archive Avid projects,” says Rino Petricola, senior vice president and general manager at Front Porch Digital. “We have enjoyed a partnership with Marquis Broadcast since integrating with its Medway software toolkit and have long respected Marquis’ commitment to system interoperability. By extending our alliance to the new Project Parking solution, we have yet another opportunity to enhance our offering and help each other position our respective products for an even wider range of users.”

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