BBC Cymru Wales Moves Towards Unified Storage With Object Matrix

BBC Cymru Wales, the national broadcaster of Wales, one of the four UK countries, is upgrading its video workflow infrastructure by extending a 10-year relationship with Object Matrix, a provider of cloud and on-premise based object storage for media archives.

The broadcaster has signed a further five-year hybrid cloud contract to perform the upgrade of its existing MatrixStore on-premises installation.

BBC Cymru Wales had been an Object Matrix customer since 2010 when 200TB of MatrixStore On-Prem was deployed as a nearline storage platform for the Human Planet series. Following that success, the capacity footprint increased to 1.5 petabytes and workflows grew to include Avid Interplay PAM (Production Asset Management) archiving, as well as Telestream Vantage content transformation. This was implemented to provide instant access to backup and archived content.

The Welsh national broadcaster has also recently moved to its new headquarters at Central Square in Cardiff, the capital, and has experienced a sharp increase in production. These factors meant that there was a need to upgrade its existing on-premises MatrixStore storage. There was also a need to support working from anywhere, and so additional hybrid cloud workflows were required to ensure external team members could access content with ease.

MatrixStore Hybrid enables organizations to choose the most efficient mix of MatrixStore On-Prem, MatrixStore Cloud or public cloud storage platforms to create a unified storage platform for the business. The upgrade to its existing MatrixStore infrastructure will enable BBC Wales to protect more content in various on-premises workflows at Central Square. It will also enable remote team members to self-serve content from MatrixStore Cloud using the Vision browser.

“When we launched the MatrixStore Cloud and Hybrid solutions, it was in reaction to our customers needing more flexibility and scalability as well as the increasing importance of global collaboration,” said Nick Pearce, Sales and Marketing Director, Object Matrix. “That was, of course, accelerated in 2020 and we are delighted to be able to provide those services and continue working with the team at its amazing new facility.”

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