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After publicly demonstrating for the first time the development of such services at CABSAT in January 2018, Globecast is officially unveiling its Cloud Playout solutions at NAB 2018.
globecast 28Mar2018The company says that it has been developing and honing its cloud playout platform over the past year and is initially announcing a range of long-term and on-demand services. All services offer a combination of private and public cloud, and the solutions use object storage to provide schedules and content from cloud-native storage platforms, a virtualised playout engine, a virtualised graphics engine, stream handling for high availability broadcast delivery, compliance recording and origin server/CDN for global web/mobile consumption. With this combination, Globecast says it can launch services in a matter of minutes.

Two of a total of five main, long-term service types are being launched initially, both for thematic channels. These will be followed by the other levels later in the year and more complex channels, including live 4KTV.

"Cloud playout brings a whole new level of flexibility, with very fast times to launch. We are offering multiple service levels, depending on the customer/channel segment and the duration of the contract," said Globecast COO Sylvain Merle.

"These also take into account the specific purpose of the playout, whether it's for primary or for business continuity/disaster recovery (DR) purposes. We're also seeing many of our customers ask us for short term, or 'pop-up' services; playout channels for events (like a World Cup), and also for the aforementioned business continuity/DR. Cloud playout of course makes this possible. New types of services now make economic sense with this technology, as it's a service-driven model and does not entail massive CAPEX or long start-up times; in fact, the complete opposite."