SWR Digitizes Archive with Rohde & Schwarz and Jordi

German public service broadcaster Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) has digitized its tape archive by using the ADAM solution from Swiss-based Jordi AG. The solution includes encoding and storage products of Rohde & Schwarz.

SWR needs to archive over 40,000 tape hours of content each year. To alleviate its growing tape deterioration issues, the broadcaster took the decision to digitize its entire back catalogue. It chose a migration system that combines Jordi’s automated digital migration system ADAM with Rohde & Schwarz’s VENICE video servers and R&S SpycerBox storage system running IBM Spectrum Scale.

ADAM is described as a fully automated, self-monitoring archive migration system which orchestrates all the workflow steps from tape insertion to content migration. R&S VENICE video servers encode all of the content into the final archive format and then SpycerBox Cell and Ultra TL storage units are used to perform all data buffering and transfer operations to SWR’s archive administration system.

Six remote-controlled VTRs ingest content via a 4-channel R&S VENICE and another 2-channel R&S VENICE server which are FIMS-controlled from a Jordi AG controller. Media is recorded on to a single common R&S SpycerBox Cell SAS storage unit (27TB) and subsequently copied to another R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL unit which serves as a mid-term, non-realtime working buffer for the ingested clips. From there, the clips are made available to external LoRes creation engines and to external QC and reporting engines. The archive system backbone is created by a 40 GbE physical layer and IBM Spectrum Scale with NSD packets as a block-organized media exchange mechanism.

As part of the subsequent archiving process, LTO6 tapes are used as a long-term recording media. To maintain the required sustained data rate of 300 MB/s, ADAM uses a R&S SpycerBox Cell in combination with a SpycerBox Ultra TL. These two storage systems are connected via 40 Gbit Ethernet, based on the IBM Spectrum Scale file system. The ultra fast R&S SpycerBox Cell storage system serves as a buffer memory and records the encoded files from R&S VENICE. This data is then transferred to a R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL which serves as a mid-term working buffer. The R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL guarantees a sustained data rate of at least 300 MB/s during the subsequent processes.

The turnkey system is proving to be more than 40 times faster than previous manual workflows, says the company.

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