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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR ANALYSIS The move from SDI to IP within live production is likely to continue apace in 2017. It’s an inevitable change really. Contribution and distribution is done via IP so it was only a matter of time before the live baseband workflow on which OBs, studios et al are based went the same way. The benefits in terms of cost and flexibility of IP are huge. No one would argue about that. But moving from SDI to IP is a major change that still makes some broadcasters twitchy, despite standards now being agreed. Following the formation of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), a group set-up to further the use of open standard and interoperability in IP, a roadmap for standards was agreed on, taking in SMPTE 2022-6, TR-04, TR-03 and SMPTE 2110. ASSET MANAGEMENT Ortana Media Group has expanded the capabilities of its Cubix asset management and media orchestration platform with the addition of a Task-flow Designer. The new feature allows system administrators to build their own workflows and design task-specific user interfaces that match their operational requirements. Also being added is a Tracker & Reporting function that provides visual displays allowing non-technical staff to review any Cubix taskflow and drill down into detailed file- related information as well as corporate information such as service- level agreements. Content can be tracked through the entire process chain from licensing and ingest to transmission. Cubix can be operated on on-site servers, entirely in the cloud or as a hardware-plus-cloud hybrid. It provides native support for Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure SQL. This provides a framework but it is only the start. No one has quite decided, for example, if the best approach is to use a central router – replicating the baseband environment – or a distributed network, which is the way other industries operate with IP. And then there is the cultural shift to consider too. Broadcasters have traditionally gone with best-of-breed technology but the move to IP demands the adoption of Consumer Off The Shelf (COTS) products to make it cost-effective. Can broadcast engineers have the same confidence in a COTS router as they would a physical matrix? Similarly, there are new skills to learn, from network protocol stack and message flow to multi-point and multi-casting technology. You can see why some are nervous. Like most big changes, people are the most important aspect of the move from SDI to IP. Successful change management requires staff buy-in. it also requires communication, consultation and appropriate training. If broadcasters can get the people side sorted, the technology will almost take care of itself. ARCHIVE & STORAGE SGL highlighted its entry-level archive offering FlashNet Lite during NAB New York. Now featuring SGL’s new user interface FlashNet Infinity, the FlashNet Lite comes in four configurations: FL Disk, FL Tape, FL Hybrid and FL Optical Disk. The company said that this provides options for content storage that is disk only, tape only, optical disk or a combination of disk and tape. FL Hybrid is upgradeable to 50TB of disk support and has two tape drives and 100 slots with one server. This gives a total capacity of nearly 600TB capacity with LTO7 tapes. FlashNet Lite tools include: partner and storage device integration; business storage rules; and partial file restore. “FlashNet significantly improves and simplifies the archive process, and delivers new solutions that fit the requirements and budget of every media company,” said Lee Sheppard, SGL director of product management. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016