Harmonic to offer Dubai Media central storage solution

MUMBAI: Harmonic has announced that Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), the official public broadcaster for Dubai and a major satellite TV broadcaster in the Middle East, is installing an Omneon MediaGrid active storage system to serve as central storage for the company‘s first phase archive project.

The Omneon MediaGrid system, supplied by local dealer and integrator Tevido LLC, will allow DMI to take a step toward implementing fully file-based workflows.

DMI corporate technology and engineering advisor Hassan Chahine said, "We needed a reliable nearline storage system capable of providing sustainable bandwidth that will best support our present and future media flow. This was an important decision for us, and we thoroughly considered several possible solutions before deciding to invest in the Omneon MediaGrid system. We‘re confident that it will bring greater efficiency to our broadcast workflows, in turn making it easier for us to expand our operations and achieve an even wider viewer base."
TDMI broadcasts three general Arabic and foreign entertainment channels and three sports channels. Within the company‘s broadcast operations, all content to be transmitted on air will be ingested and stored on the Omneon MediaGrid before being moved to the transmission servers and stored in the archive library. The central storage system will provide DMI staff with fast access to archive content- whenever and wherever it’s needed - for rebroadcast or repurposing.

Harmonic senior VP for corporate marketing Geoff Stedman said, "The Omneon MediaGrid storage system is a resilient solution that can scale easily to meet media organizations‘ changing bandwidth needs, even as they build out new tapeless workflows that require immediate access to stored content. Thus, as DMI continues its shift toward tapeless workflows, the company will be able to depend on the continued high performance of its storage solution."

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