EditShare’s Shared Storage Gaining Significant Traction
Posted on Dec 21, 2015 by Alex Fice
Sid Lee recently implemented the new EditShare XStream EFS platform in its main office and XStream ST storage servers in each of its regional offices.
We don’t do many ‘Contract’ or ‘Wins’ stories on definitionmagazine.com but this one from EditShare is of interest. The company has announced that it has seen a significant spike in sales for its high performance, scale-out shared storage solution with integrated MAM – EditShare XStream EFS. In fact the last was one of the best quarters ever.
With recent customers like reality TV giant Endemol/MoovIT (Germany), editorial powerhouse Sid Lee (Canada, The Netherlands, USA), and public broadcaster WMHT TV (USA), it seems that high-end media companies might be moving away from the incumbent AVID ISIS solution.
So what’s the advantage of EditShare’s EFS intelligent architecture? They point out the high availability, redundant architecture with its integrated ‘Flow’ MAM.
“The advancements we have made with the new EFS architecture expand far beyond standard shared storage capabilities,” comments Andy Liebman, founder and president, EditShare. “It’s a high-performance, scale-out platform with extensive media management capabilities that lets our customers converge workflows, better facilitate multi-site collaboration and manage large file formats such as 4k, 8k and beyond with ease. And thanks to EditShare’s fully redundant architecture, customers have all this versatility and power combined with the peace of mind that important projects are safe.”
WMHT is one of the latest broadcasters to create a workflow from ingest to archive with the new EditShare XStream EFS solution. The EditShare installation replaces WMHT’s sneaker net storage setup, centralising content for its TV, radio and web operations onto one shared storage platform with integrated media asset management (MAM). “The new EditShare XStream EFS securely stores all our content while Flow lets us automate ingest, transcoding and indexing of material. It’s a huge time and physical space saver,” comments Bob Cummings, chief engineer, WMHT Educational Telecommunications.
International creative services firm, Sid Lee, also implemented the new EditShare XStream EFS platform in its main office and XStream ST storage servers in its regional offices, helping multi-site access to its library of media assets. In addition to Flow MAM, the company used the latest AirFlow remote collaboration toolset, creating its own private cloud for media sharing and collaboration between Sid Lee sites in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Amsterdam.
Endemol’s ‘Wild Island’ TV programme used the EditShare system to wrangle the 20-30 hours of footage created every day.
Endemol’s 2015 production of Wild Island was set in a remote location off the coast of Central America. The German-produced series featured 14 ordinary citizens left to their own devices to survive on an uninhabited tropical island with no food or water for 28 days. With six cameras covering the action and antics, the production team, located on a neighbouring island fours hours away by boat, brought an EditShare XStream EFS with integrated Flow to wrangle the 20 to 30 hours of footage they received per day. Production team member David Merzenich cites XStream EFS’ high-availability and no-single-point-of-failure architecture as key to keeping peace of mind and pace with the production’s 24-hour turn on dailies and zero downtime goals.