Facilis, a shared storage solutions provider for collaborative media production networks has announced the successful installation of a multi-user shared storage system within a new broadcast production facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Touted as one of the most advanced broadcast facilities in the region, Facilis has supplied a TerraBlock 24EX/16 64TB shared storage system to Ethiopian regional broadcaster, Addis Ababa State TV (Addis Ababa City Government Mass Media Agency). Throughout the project, Facilis worked with local channel partner, Onset Media Systems.
Addis Ababa State TV is a 24/7 TV channel broadcasting a mixture of news, current affairs and entertainment programmes over satellite and digital terrestrial broadcasts. To enhance its digital broadcast resources, Addis Ababa State TV appointed Onset Media Systems to design, build and commission a new digital workflow.
Onset Media Systems specialises in the design and integration of systems to meet the needs of applications within its client operations. At Addis Ababa State TV, it has placed Facilis shared storage within a new digital workflow which supports its TV and radio production operations. The Facilis storage system was commissioned in September and the new digital workflow will come online in the coming months.
The Facilis TerraBlock storage system provides a combination of Ethernet (10Gb) plus Fibre Channel (8Gb) connectivity. This multi-user shared storage system is supporting a network of an estimated 100 editors and other production executives at Addis Ababa TV’s production headquarters.
The Facilis storage integrates alongside SI Media’s media asset management (MAM), ingest and playout systems, as well as Grass Valley Edius editing and SI Media’s Newsroom system.
Having installed this storage architecture, Addis Ababa has reportedly future-proofed its operations in the long-term. The fibre Channel option allows the broadcaster can up-scale to HD and 4K workflows in the future.
Onset Media Systems is responsible for the design, integration and commissioning of this new digital workflow.
“The client was attracted to Facilis because of its advanced connectivity options at affordable prices,” commented Jody Dresner, Managing Director – Commercial at Onset Media Systems.
“Fibre Channel storage is a very attractive facility for Addis Ababa and this is integrated within a proven, reliable storage system that meets all of our production needs today and long into the future.
“In Africa, we face a different set of challenges – both physical and economic – than you will find in Europe or North America,” Dresner added. “Facilis TerraBlock is a proven, reliable storage platform that offers advanced capabilities with associated investment costs that are affordable to our clients – it is a real win-win scenario.”