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Front Porch and Omneon Integrate Systems

Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management, and Omneon, a provider of scalable media servers and storage systems, collaborated to deliver a system that combines the two companies' flagship products for active storage and content management.

Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management, and Omneon, a provider of scalable media servers and storage systems, collaborated to deliver a system that combines the two companies' flagship products for active storage and content management: the Omneon MediaGrid active storage system and the Front Porch Digital DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) system.

Based on a combination of software and hardware, the DIVArchive is a flexible CSM solution designed to simplify the process of preserving, managing, and accessing content for a variety of operations. Omneon's MediaGrid was designed to meet the storage capacity and bandwidth demands of large media files. Integrating the two systems provides broadcasters and other media companies with quick access to archived content.

"The holy grail for media companies is instant access to all their content, even material that has been in an archive for many years," said Mike Knaisch, president of Front Porch Digital, in a statement. "Digital file-based workflows have long offered to deliver on this dream."

According to company officials, DIVArchive can be used with the MediaGrid system in a variety of applications. For example, MediaGrid can act as online/nearline storage, while DIVArchive manages and controls movement of content to playout servers or editing and graphics workstations. Additionally, officials suggest DIVArchive can manage the flow of content from archive storage to and from the MediaGrid, as well as manage the copying and movement of content to remote mirrored sites for disaster recovery operations.

"The main assets of a media company reside in the content it owns, but the value of that content depends on more than just the quality of the material," said Geoff Stedman, senior vice president for products and markets at Omneon. "If you cannot find a specific clip or get that clip to where it's needed, then it has no value at all."



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