New SGI Digital Content Management Solutions For Production and Archive To Showcase at NAB 2007
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 16 - To deal with soaring amounts of data in an industry where accessing, moving and monetizing content is key, SGI (NASDAQ:SGIC) is helping broadcasters and leading production facilities efficiently manage massive amounts of data. SGI is extending this capability beyond the media industry to the enterprise and government agencies facing daunting data content management challenges. Leveraging its IT expertise, high-performance server and storage arrays and integration with third party hardware and application software, SGI is providing customers with digital content management solutions for production and archive that increase productivity, accelerate time-to-air, time-to-screen and result in greater ROI.
At NAB 2007, April 16-19, in Las Vegas, SGI® server and storage solutions for digital content management for production and archive incorporate high-performance databases, multi-tiered storage and tools to manage filesystems, digital assets and archives in open-standards environments.
The company will debut new SGI® Altix® XE server and InfiniteStorage products and with third party partners, highlight customer case studies to demonstrate performance and interoperability for collaboration and productivity in Booth SL4920.
Digital Content Management for Production Solutions
o The new SGI® Altix® XE server systems based on quad-core or
dual-core Intel® Xeon® processors will be showcased in a number of
applications. SGI will be demonstrating Microsoft® Windows®
Compute Cluster Server 2003, which provides enterprise-class
high-performance computing capabilities. Ideal for production
facilities and government agencies that use Microsoft® applications,
this solution accelerates workgroup productivity and collaboration.
o PipelineFX Qube!(TM) render management software on Altix XE, debuts at
NAB as an SGI® Professional Services Workflow Ready Solution,
accelerating render and job builds by managing all render farm
resources. More iterations mean greater productivity and a higher
quality product. Easy to install and upgrade, this solution directly
interfaces to leading 2D, 3D and rendering applications.
o DataFrameworks® Filesystem Management on Altix XE increases
production workflow productivity by 25% through better utilization of
resources. Installed at facilities such as EFILM, the system easily
monitors project status, storage and filesystem utilization and
workflow progress. Multi-tiered client licenses provide security
access privileges and savings for facilities.
o SGI® InfiniteStorage products including Workgroup SAN, a new
low-cost production SAN complete with SGI® InfiniteStorage 220
array, SGI Altix XE metadata server, five SGI® InfiniteStorage
CXFS(TM) Filesystem licenses and Application Manager, an easy to use
GUI that monitors NAS and SAN systems. Ideal for hybrid SAN and NAS
production environments, the solution is easy to install and upgrade.
o SGI® Altix® XE310 server features the innovative "Atoka"
motherboard design, developed in a collaborative effort between SGI
and Intel Corporation. The Atoka board allows the Altix XE310 server
to accommodate up to four Quad Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series
into a single 1U chassis. That equates to eight cores per node, or a
total of 16 cores per chassis. The Altix XE1300 cluster combines
multiple XE310 compute nodes with an Altix XE240 head node in a
preconfigured, ultra-dense package for superior performance density
and lower total cost of ownership.
o SGI® Altix® 450 with SGI® RASC(TM) RC100 Field Programmable Gate
Arrays (FPGAs). RASC (Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing)
blades can be programmed for codecs and image processing,
watermarking, motion estimation, and data conversion. It gives
developers another path for accelerating key time-consuming algorithms
for Digital Intermediates or transcoding for broadcast.
Digital Content Management for Archive Solutions
o Front Porch Digital's DIVArchive works with SGI to create a unified
storage solution for all media assets using IT disk and tape
technology. With direct interface to broadcast, editing and newsroom
systems, users can search and browse valuable media assets from any
o VideoBank(TM) Digital Media Management System is a complete suite of
tools for encoding and managing digital content. VideoBank features an
easy-to-use touch screen interface and central management for rapid
re-purposing of content.
o Hitachi Content Archive Platform powered by Archivas, a Hitachi Data
Systems company, is a scalable active-archive application suite with
integrated index/search across hundreds of document and media asset
types. Ideal when combined with SGI® InfiniteStorage 10000, ultra
dense, high-performance storage for archive or in a multi-tiered
storage architecture with SGI® InfiniteStorage Data Migration
Facility (DMF) with Sun StorageTek SL500 Library System.
o Silex Media Hydrogen application suite for media lifecycle management,
archive management and accelerated production. Used for partial file
restore at the NBA and developed by the former Silicon Graphics
Broadcast Europe business unit, Hydrogen Archive Catalyst assigns
timecode to drive and tape sector translation allowing users to bring
back only the specific piece of content they need, resulting in
significant time savings.
o CIC -- enVision Interactive Presentation is a highly interactive kiosk
product available through SGI Japan and SGI Professional Services. It
provides browsing and full screen viewing of many high-resolution
videos simultaneously. Its zooming and panning interface enables quick
access to documents with special effects, such as 3D page turning.
Implemented with touch screen displays, it is ideal for stadiums,
corporate lobbies, airports, museums, tradeshows, and other venues
where instant access to offline or online content and compelling
visuals are required to guide, inform and entertain.
o SGI® InfiniteStorage NAS 4550 is high-performance NAS appliance that
can be put into production in a matter of minutes, as opposed to
o SGI® InfiniteStorage 6700 is a 4Gb Fibre Channel high-performance
storage system that provides 2.5GB/s throughput, making it ideal for
digital cinema applications and SAN-based digital content
infrastructures. The 6700 provides industry-leading streaming data
delivery in real time.
SGI Systems Integration for Customer Workflows
Also in the booth will be a number of interactive kiosks that provide an in-depth look at SGI Professional Services implementations-real world examples of the Collaborative Management systems. These presentations include business cases and results, workflow, implementation details and the role of SGI products and professional services for broadcasters and post-production customers. SGI has helped these customers implement their vision as they transition to digital workflows, providing them with solutions and expertise which enable them to manage multiple projects simultaneously and get their content to air or to cinema release even faster.
Advanced MXF Content:
Completely scalable system for growth and
flexibility with true MXF based workflow. The system connects digital
islands, enabling content sharing.
o Ascent Media: SGI server, storage and networking technology are at the
heart of Ascent Media Group's state-of-the-art Digital Media
Distribution Center (DMDC) facility in Burbank, Calif. SGI products,
solution design and services specifically address the problems of
faster turnaround in a 4K data-centric media environment.
o CIRIS: By leveraging SGI server and storage solutions with Ardendo
technology, CIRIS customers are able to store, search, browse and
access video data and other content remotely. SGI's scalable
architecture allows CIRIS to rapidly grow their storage without any
o Crawford: A complete digital workflow: from ingest to uplink. System
can track assets any time, any place
o EFILM: has hundreds of terabytes of SGI InfiniteStorage for color
grading and dust busting for up to twelve 2K resolution films
simultaneously. SGI systems enable 2K and 4K content to be shared by
multiple artists without costly and time consuming copying of files.
o EuroNews: SGI® InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF) data
life-cycle management software on a NAS 2000 manages 50TB tape,
providing a reliable, cost-effective integrated infrastructure
supporting ingest, editing and broadcast archives.
o National Geographic: A hybrid SGI SAN/NAS storage architecture
integrated with asset management enables National Geographic to create
an active content archive which includes encoding of an entire library
of video/film programming for Intranet and Internet customers.
o NBA Entertainment: SGI InfiniteStorage solutions allow NBA
Entertainment broadcast engineers to catalog and store all the action
from every NBA game as it occurs as well as access content from the
NBA archives for programming on their cable network, stadium delivery
or mobile distribution.
o ProSiebenSat.1: Extends production storage; Integrates with leading
Media Asset Management systems and non-linear editors.
SGI products will also be found in various partner booths including Qbit and DDN.
NAB Digital Asset Management Panel
On Thursday, April 19 at 11:00 am, Floyd Christofferson, SGI Business Development Manager for Media and Entertainment, will participate in an NAB panel, "Scaling the Project Across Business Units" moderated by Kevin Sanders. This panel will look at the practical realities involved in developing a Digital Asset Management implementation that will work across operating units that may have a wide range of requirements and issues.
For the latest SGI announcements at NAB, please go to the SGI NAB 2007 Virtual Press Kit posted in the SGI Newsroom at http://sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/virt_presskit/nab07/
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