SGL - FlashNet Content management systems which grow with your businessStudio Automation

From a start-up local post house to the most complex, discrete multi-national spanning the globe
FlashNet will meet your requirements

Accessible: SGL’s Open System architecture makes FlashNet the most accessible content storage management system available to the broadcast industry. An XML-based API (Application Programming Interface) gives users the ability to create integrated applications to access the SGL content storage management system. FlashNet is integrated via API with most hardware and middleware from the leading names in broadcast and media asset management. Whatever the size or scope of your installation, FlashNet provides a content storage management system that works seamlessly across your organisation.

Scalable: FlashNet has been designed with the facility to grow as your business needs develop. FlashNet’s modular structure provides systems on a single server at start-up, which can then scale to a cluster model with a theoretically infinite number of identical ‘nodes’. Each of these provides high-speed access into and out of the archive for larger networked operations. Identical software is installed on each node in the cluster which allows any machine to perform any task as the system grows. In the event of a server loss, or during maintenance periods, the workload is automatically managed by another node in the cluster. The SQL database at the centre of the archive is protected by the Microsoft clustering software, designed to provide instant failover in the event of a hardware fault.

Reliable: Reliability of operation is paramount for every business and FlashNet’s clustered architecture makes it one of the most reliable content storage management systems available. FlashNet’s power and resilience is also down to its unique clustered architecture, providing media and archive managers with the confidence to know that media held in the archive is safe. FlashNet is backed by SGL Support Services which are designed to keep your system operational. Reliability is assured using a variety of on-line support tools, integrated logging processes, remote and if necessary on-site assistance. SGL’s support services are available 24/7 for added comfort and reliability.

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SGL - FlashPack The complete turnkey archiving systemStudio Automation

No extra hardware, no extra software, no hidden costs. A cost-effective way to start managing your media archive.

SGL FlashPack is a complete archive and content management solution. Everything you need for an integrated infinitely scalable media archive is included: hardware, software, support and integration with your MAM or production system. At the heart of FlashPack is SGL FlashNet, the foremost content archive and storage management solution available to the broadcast market. FlashPack harnesses FlashNet’s power, resilience and scalability, in a compact entry-level solution.

It is ideal for broadcasters, sports venues, post-production houses, corporate communications and other organisations needing to start managing their media assets. Implementation is very straight-forward: it is delivered in two boxes, containing FlashNet on a pre-installed server and a small tape library. An SGL installation engineer will connect remotely to your system to link FlashPack to your MAM or production system and train on its features and functionality. FlashPack is easily manageable by creative professionals, not requiring dedicated IT resources.

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SGL - StorageManager Automatic media Defrag and clip LifeCycle management.Studio Automation

An intelligent extension to FlashNet: Automated workflows can save a lot of time, but they are often less automated than you’d like. Creating, administering and monitoring them can sometimes take as long as handling the tasks yourself, leaving you less time to tackle more critical tasks.

The StorageManager module for SGL FlashNet is an intelligent, automated data life cycle management tool that fully manages the data within your archive, from the moment it arrives in the archive. StorageManager is a user-defined, rules-based system that does exactly what you tell it, when you want it done. You define media attributes, associate a choice of actions with those media, and leave StorageManager to it.

Clips are moved across storage layers, from disk to tape or vice versa, copied to multiple locations, or deleted, all based on how big they are, how old they are, or even how much time has passed since they were last restored for transmission or editing.

In addition, StorageManager’s Defrag constantly analyses your archive, and recycles volumes that are being used inefficiently, saving time, resources and, of course, money. StorageManager does what you’d do if you had the time. Think of it as having an extra you.

StorageManager consists of two sub-modules: LifeCycle and Defrag

LifeCycle is an automated data life cycle management module that streamlines your storage, moving and copying clips within the archive based on their attributes. LifeCycle ensures that material is always stored on the most suitable media, making it easily accessible, and using storage media layers more intelligently and cost-efficiently. LifeCycle follows rules set up by the user. Rules contain a description of material types (defined by attributes such as clip size, age, or time since it was last restored), and one or more actions. You can have as many rule sets as you wish, to provide different workflows for different types of clip. When a clip meets the criteria set in a rule, LifeCycle performs the appropriate actions for that material type. For example, you can create a rule that automatically copies short-form clips to multiple disk locations, or to a disk archive and a tape library archive. For Disaster Recovery, rules can automatically copy all clips from one local archive to a different archive in a geographically disparate location. News and Sports can, for example, create rules that automatically move clips not used in the last x days from expensive spinning disk storage to a more cost-efficient tape archive, as soon as the defined age expires. Automatic data movement based on attributes means that material is always stored on the most suitable media and in the most appropriate location. Throughout the LifeCycle processes media remains available to all control systems, such as automation or MAM.

Defrag: Due to the linear nature of tape, as users delete unwanted clips, tapes become fragmented (individual clips cannot be deleted from tapes, and so after a while they may contain a mixture of valid and defunct clips). The Defrag module allows you to re-purpose these tapes, reclaiming the lost space and greatly increasing the cost- efficiency of your archive tape media. Based on user-defined rules that stipulate how much non-useful material a tape should contain before being re-purposed, Defrag instigates SGL FlashNet restore and archive processes to move the ‘good’ data to a disk cache, and from there to a different media group (disk or tape). When all ‘good’ data has been moved, the original tape no longer contains any useful data and is reformatted, to be used by SGL FlashNet in standard operations. All Defrag operations take place automatically, and can be set to use only a certain amount of resources (e.g. tape drives), so as to impact on daily operations as little as possible.

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SGL - FlashBox The complete HSM storage solutionStudio Automation

Entry level archive management hardware & software. FlashBox is the most effective entry level content storage management system ‘in a box’. Everything required for an integrated Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) archive is included in the FlashBox solution. There is no requirement to purchase any additional hardware or software. So there are no hidden costs to a FlashBox purchase.

Reasonable Price & Easy Expansion: FlashBox comprises two hardware components: a server with integrated storage and a tape library. The server and the tape library can be combined in many different configurations to suit individual needs and budgets. Server/storage is available in 8TB, 16TB or 30TB configurations. The tape library starts with a base configuration of 10 slots and one LTO6 drive. The tape library is expandable up to two drives and fifty slots, in increments of ten slots. For DV material this translates to a base configuration of 1000 hours of content storage, up to 4250 hours for the fully populated configuration.

Significant Business Benefits: FlashBox provides broadcasters with a number of important workflow and operational benefits: Value for money with a fast ROI, Multiple options for exact solutions tailoring, Easy expansion, Expansion without new hardware. FlashBox is delivered with all hardware and software. Installation of the system in also included as is on-site operator and maintenance staff training. FlashBox comes with 12 months standard support. As a business using FlashBox grows, even greater expansion can be achieved with the system forming part of a larger SGL FlashNet cluster; once again, reducing the need for new hardware. FlashBox is a truly all-inclusive content storage management system.

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SGL - FlashNet Infinity – The archiving control centreStudio Automation

FlashNet Infinity is an elegant suite of web-based dashboard tools adding even more sophistication and flexibility to the FlashNet archive management solution. Infinity offers:„„

  • Content management toolset, including archive and restore
  • System performance monitoring
  • Trending analysis
  • System administration and more
  • Web-based operation on all standard browsers

Dashboards and Gadgets: FlashNet Infinity provides a set of visually pleasing yet powerful gadgets which can be configured into dashboards by the whole organisation or by individual users. Customisable dashboards can be created to provide toolsets tailored for each user, simplifying the user experience.

Health Checks: Users can easily check throughput relating to the number of current or completed jobs defined by asset, department or system for any time period. These trend analyses can be used for projecting future capacity and throughput requirements.

System Management and Monitoring: A range of gadgets combine to monitor how well the archiving processes are performing right now. What jobs are running at the moment? Is the average volume being processed at the moment indicative of an issue? Are the tape drives all on-line? What jobs are currently being processed, and how are they progressing? These and other facilities provide a quick check on current system effectiveness.


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