​Arsenal Media Group Signs Enterprise File Fabric

The media group at UK Premier League Football Club Arsenal has adopted the File Fabric to help with their media data management.

Storage Made Easy has announced that the media team at Arsenal FC has integrated the ‘File Fabric for Media’ for non-proprietary media content management.

This is described as a specialised version of the File Fabric aimed at companies who deal with large media assets. It enables companies to securely collaborate with large files, wherever they are stored, in addition to being able to move files at high speed.

The File Fabric has been integrated within Arsenal’s existing on-premises and on-cloud object storage, providing a ‘single pane of glass’ view for editors, journalists and administrators alike. 

The media team has also deployed the use of the File Fabric’s M-stream File Transfer Acceleration feature for which they are moving assets between storage tiers and end-users desktops.

Specific use cases include:

  • The uploading of camera footage from camera devices after football games using the File Fabric for Media which enables the accelerated download of data into the editing suite as required.
  • Journalists have also been able to benefit from the File Fabric Secure Content Distribution functionality, as the File Fabric provides the ability to share broadcast footage and output to external parties, using security controls such as: time-based access, password authentication, and download limits.
  • In addition to this, it has been integrated into the club's existing MAM solution, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform (now part of Dalet), to offer some of the File Fabric functionalities to users directly within the MAM’s interface. 

John Dollin, Senior Media Operations Manager at Arsenal FC said: “Working with the team at SME has been a great experience and the product does exactly what it says on the tin, it makes it easy. In an ever changing and more demanding media landscape we, as a media team, need to adapt quickly to new requirements and as a result, require tools and services that are flexible and easy to configure. The File Fabric has already proven its worth and with its simple API, it was easy to integrate into our facility.”

James Norman, Engineering Manager of SME, said: “Customers like Arsenal demonstrate how adaptable and flexible the File Fabric can be for customers, not only in the media and entertainment space, but for plenty of other sectors too. Testament to this is the interest from internal staff and the quick growth in usage that Arsenal F.C has observed of the File Fabric and how easy it has been for them to adapt it to their environment.”

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