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Globecast demonstrates cloud-based playout at CABSAT 2018

Globecast is demonstrating the development of its cloud-based playout services at CABSAT 2018.

The workflow on show uses object storage, which provides the schedules and content from cloud-native storage platforms, a virtualised playout engine (both playout and graphics engines), stream handling for reliable broadcast delivery, compliance recording and origin server/CDN for global web/mobile consumption.

On the benefits of cloud, Ian Redgewell, Head of Media Management, said: “The benefits for our customers of using virtualised technology, both on-premise and in the cloud, are already very clear. It allows us to launch services in a matter of minutes. Indeed, we can do this faster than we can get access to the content! With the cloud, in general terms, if we need the systems to do more, then we can simply access more storage and push the technology harder. This is a paradigm shift. We pay for what we use – therefore so does the customer, of course – and then when finished, we can move back to the original playout needs without penalty.”

At CABSAT, Globecast is demonstrating the new possibilities created by cloud playout and the associated virtualisation of technologies.

As has been widely documented, the move to cloud playout also signals the move from a CAPEX model to OPEX, with Globecast now developing new service structures and associated SLAs to best serve its customers. It is also looking in-depth at the new possibilities that cloud playout provides in regard to disaster recovery and business continuity.

Redgewell continued, ““Over the past year we have been working with vendors to identify the core technologies we require. As part of our careful evaluation, we have been thoroughly testing all aspects and this testing means we are now comfortable to demonstrate the new possibilities presented by this approach. Of course, we will continue to test and evolve as the technology develops further.”

Visit Globecast at stand ZB2-B40