Tuesday, 06 March 2012 02:35

WPBT2 integrates VMware iSCSI clients to Universal MediaLibrary

PBS station utilizes system's unique simultaneous SAN/NAS architecture

SeaChange International's (Nasdaq:SEAC) Broadcast group announced that WPBT2, South Florida Public Media, has recently integrated its VMware IT environment with its existing SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary near-line storage utilizing the system's Windows iSCSI client software.This enables the station to share its storage with its broadcast server, further maximizing its 2011 investment in a SeaChange media architecture.

The Universal MediaLibrary is the only storage system in the media-rich market that can simultaneously connect via NAS (CIFS, NFS, FTP) and SAN (Fibre Channel, iSCSI) without reconfigurations or gateways. This unique functionality enables WPBT2 SAN iSCSI access for IT VMware as well as NAS-based FTP transfers for moving files to and from the play-to-air server.

Graham Simmons, senior vice president for Engineering and Operations, WPBT2, said, "The new VMware configuration expands the usage of our Universal MediaLibrary storage beyond the broadcast near-line application to include traditional IT clients for their media storage needs while maximizing our return-on-investment in SeaChange technology."

Bang Chang, vice president of SeaChange Broadcast, which is becoming XOR Media, said, "Our UML deployment at WPBT2 demonstrates the versatility of our media-centric, IT-based technology. The UML is equally adept at supporting both real time media applications and multi-user IT environment. We are glad to see that WPBT2 not only leverages our simultaneous NAS and SAN access for both media and IT workflows, but also relies on our distributed SAN file system to achieve high availability and load balancing for its VMWare DNS infrastructure."

SeaChange International's Broadcast group develops and supports IP-based broadcast workflows for hundreds of broadcasters, content providers, and media companies globally with thousands of SD and HD channels on air today.

SeaChange Broadcast is becoming XOR Media, an independent technology company focused on supporting existing SeaChange Broadcast customers and delivering transformative media storage and codecs solutions to the market.

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