SGL FlashNet Integrated with Marquis Parking

Marquis Broadcast has made the Avid storage management solution Project Parking fully integrated with SGL FlashNet. This makes archiving and subsequent access to stored media a straightforward task.

Parking, said to be the only independent application that understands the relationship between Avid Media Composer bins and Avid media, monitors how media storage is used, sends reports on usage, illustrates storage usage over time and facilitates the transfer, archive or deletion of media. FlashNet is SGL's scalable content storage management system.

“Parking for FlashNet now allows facilities to archive and restore whole projects: archive all bins, sequences and media files,” confirms Chris Steele, MD, Marquis Broadcast. “Parking provides SGL FlashNet users with a fast and cost-effective archive and restore process, by creating complete copies of any Avid project and media onto the FlashNet storage. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Parking enables Avid operators to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between multiple sites.

He added, “We are excited to continue developing our relationship with SGL as the combination of Parking and FlashNet offers an economical answer to archiving and storing file-based content by freeing-up expensive shared storage by creating portable projects that can be stored off-line.”

“Storage management and content retrieval is a key challenge for broadcast facilities,” explains Bernie Walsh worldwide sales director, SGL. “Parking for FlashNet gives broadcasters the tools to improve the efficient use of edit storage, improves the reliability and speed of archiving and reduces capital expenditure on additional edit storage. Parked projects also provide FlashNet users with significant advantages for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows.”

Marquis is offering a free download of Parking, which analyses how a facility’s shared storage is being used. This is available to download at www.marquisbroadcast.com/sgl and will identify how much space projects are taking up and space wasted by orphan and duplicate media.

“Although the free version won’t park your projects, it will tell you what’s parking in your storage space,” confirms Steele. “Customers can easily upgrade to Project Parking, which enables them to clear up their Avid storage and provides a cost effective archive and restore workflow with SGL’s FlashNet storage.”

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