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TMD and Concurrent Pact for Storage and Transcodes

MAM provider TMD, and Concurrent, a software processing firm, have partnered to deliver integrated solutions which use the Aquari object storage platform from Concurrent, integrated with TMD’s Mediaflex-UMS workflows.

Aquari uses object-based storage, in which each item is stored complete with its metadata, providing a transparent and readily scalable platform for massive amounts of data. Through this integration, Mediaflex-UMS workflows will add metadata to any Concurrent media storage object, which Aquari will protect throughout the media asset’s lifecycle.

At the heart of Aquari is the open source Ceph distributed storage system, designed for excellent performance, reliability and scalability. In the Aquari implementation it is designed as a “self-healing” architecture, ensuring zero downtime for unrivalled resilience. The scale-out architecture allows users to build systems up to exabyte scale.

An integration is currently in development which will allow Mediaflex-UMS to access Concurrent Zephyr, scale-out transcoding software that runs on the Aquari platform. This enables TMD to offer an integrated solution as an on-premises, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform or on a pay-as-you-use basis. With Concurrent transcoding, TMD will spin up the service as an agile, software-defined workflow solution, with the user paying only for usage.

“This is a very exciting partnership for us,” said Justin Elkerton, head of TMD’s partnership programme. “It gives us the ability to offer interconnectivity to state of the art object storage and provide a seamless approach to modern business process models. The Concurrent solution is designed for deployment on-premises or in a private data centre. Media users retain the security of knowing where the intellectual property is, while paying for additional service resources as they are used, allowing ‘bursting’ without the overhead of moving material to the cloud and back again.”

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