Automate, control, secure and accelerate file movement across your global enterprise

AUTOMATED and accelerated file movement between geographically dispersed locations

Exchange content and metadata files with other users, systems and applications regardless of geographic location or file size by automating processes or defining schedules. Manager+Agents delivers fast, reliable and secure movement of files up to 200X faster than FTP and TCP with 95+% network efficiency. Checkpoint Restart ensures that once a file starts moving it will get to its destination, even if interrupted. If a file transfer fails, it automatically restarts the transfer from the point of failure, which is essential when moving multi-gigabyte data sets.

CENTRALIZED control

With a web-based administration console, Manager+Agents gives you a single view for system configuration, task automation, scheduling, managing current system activity and customized reporting, combined with the power to take action as needed to ensure your business processes run smoothly. Manager+Agents provides complete visibility into file movement, and you can create and customize job completion email notifications, as well as customize and schedule reports, file movement jobs and system activity. Powerful network management resources let you manage and control bandwidth usage, including setting ceiling and floor ranges based on the time of day or traffic loads on the network and limits for running file movement jobs.

Enterprise class SECURITY

Manager+Agents ensures that your files transfers are secure with encrypted browser sessions and file transfers — up to 256-bit AES encryption. The built-in certificate authority manages Public Key Infrastructure, (PKI) maintains security certificates, and establishes secure communication between Manager+Agents. Delivery is certified via digitally signed transfers, providing non-repudiation, and proof of the integrity and origin of the data.

Use internal or integrated directory services (LDAP & Active Directory) for authentication and authorization. Use predefined roles to control access, or define your own groups based on organization, location and more.

Workflow AUTOMATION

Manager+Agents lets you create flexible workflow templates that automate the processing of content by visually connecting workflow steps and manual tasks with the appropriate business rules. Those workflow templates can be as simple as moving a file from one location to another, or as sophisticated as directing a package to 3rd party applications for transcoding and watermarking prior to moving the content across the WAN to global locations.

Manager+Agents utilizes a standards based approach based on the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS).  Manager+Agents also includes a set of SOAP and REST APIs for control by 3rd party software as part of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) deployment. Signiant helped define the FIMS Representational State Transition (REST) interfaces and Managers+Agents supports the REST Transfer interface in addition to the existing SOAP Transfer interface.

Additionally, Manager+Agents workflows can be connected to solutions from more than 25 partners.

Easily set and control POLICIES and TRANSFERS

Using a web interface, the Signiant Manager performs all administration, control, scheduling, automation and reporting of system activity as well as orchestrating the execution of jobs.

Execute JOBS and TASKS

Signiant Agents execute the tasks that the Manager defines which primarily include accelerated file movement, and interoperability with third-party software and systems. File movement occurs from Agent to Agent, and can be deployed as a single node or for larger locations in a load-balanced cluster. Systems can also be configured to relay connections from public to private networks transferring firewalls while maintaining network security.

Signiant’s powerful TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

Media & Entertainment companies have been trailblazers in the electronic transfer of very large, high-value digital assets, and most of them rely on Signiant technology to securely move their files. The powerful, secure Signiant platform helps companies like Disney, ESPN, and Fox move petabytes of data every month throughout their content supply chains.  The foundation includes acceleration, reliability, security, central control and automation.

Easily EXTEND and INTEGRATE

Manager+Agents helps you easily extend your workflows to other people and systems around the globe. Adding Media Exchange enables accelerated file transfer from person to person and with Media Gateway customers can connect Manager+Agents with Media Exchange. Additionally, the SOAP and REST APIs lets you initiate jobs from higher order media applications like DAM/MAM systems or custom content management systems. And Manager+Agents workflows can be extended into public cloud object storage with Signiant SkyDrop.

ACCELERATING file movement within your global organization and beyond

Manager+Agents helps connect your internal locations around the world, making it easy to rapidly move large files and groups of files automatically. Plus you can deliver content to your external partners within your media supply chain and ecosystem. Manager+Agents helps you move files from system to system, person to person or system or person and vice versa so you can shorten file transfer times, automate workflows, and increase reliability while maintaining complete control.

TV broadcast

With Manager+Agents you can integrate your content supply chain and streamline file deliveries to ensure distribution for playout happens on schedule. Organizations like A+E Networks, BBC, Discovery, Fox, NBC and many others rely on Signiant to accelerate file transfers for linear television broadcast.

Web, mobile & OTT

By helping connect content suppliers to systems and shrinking delivery times, Manager+Agents helps businesses like Apple iTunes, Epix and Rogers move files quickly across their supply chain.

Studios and production

From 20th Century Fox, to Marvel Entertainment and NBC Universal, studios and production companies rely on the security and control of Manager+Agents to automate file transfers and processes to global partners.

Post production

By enabling secure exchange of content, post production facilities can improve client services with media, broadcast and playout companies. Modern Videofilm, Loft London, Point 360 and many other post production studios use Manager+Agents to receive content, edit and produce it, and then move it to studios, broadcasters, cable networks, or other distributors quickly and securely.

Media services

Organizations like BT Media & Broadcast, Deluxe Digital Studios and Technicolor save time with Manager+Agents by automating file movement from ingest of files from partners through to distribution and playout.

Sports and news

Leading sports and news organizations around the globe, like ESPN, BBC, NFL, NHL, and NBC Olympics, use Manager+Agents to accelerate time-critical file movement including ingest from news and field events, stadiums and arenas.

What you get

When you purchase Manager+Agents, the Manager gives you control, configuration, monitoring and reporting for up to 15* Agents and/or Media Exchange Servers. Additionally the Manager includes 4 workflow templates for the distribution, aggregation, replication, and hot folder transfer of files.

Agents or Media Exchange Servers are required to execute the tasks defined by the Manager, including accelerated server to server (Agents) or person to person (Media Exchange) file transfers, other automated processes and firewall transversal. Each location in your network will have either an Agent or a Media Exchange System (Media Exchange Server or Client). You can get started with just one Manager and the number of Agents you need for each location. Add additional Agents for other locations, partners, endpoints or for redundancy and load balancing.

Additional OPTIONS for increased FLEXIBILITY

There are a number of optional modules that can be added to the Manager.

  • Automation Engine for customized workflow automation.
  • Resource Management for advanced bandwidth control, Agent resource throttling, and job queuing.
  • Media Exchange for person to person file transfers.
  • Media Gateway to connect Manager+Agents automation with end user interaction using Media Exchange.
  • High Availability for Manager redundancy.
  • Remote Standby for Manager remote backup and standby.
  • Manager+Agents Development Environment gives you a complete suite for non-production development and testing.

*Additional Agent and Media Exchange Server control can be added to the Manager through an expansion module.