When companies first contemplated moving professional media files over the Internet, the first thing they were concerned with was simply moving content quickly and securely. However, once they had a solution for moving content from one endpoint to another, they soon started adding more and more endpoints and growing their file-based ecosystems. Those that were successful ended up with both an extremely large number of transfers and an extremely large number of endpoints, and they also ended up with a new problem: how to effectively manage all of it. It was tedious and time consuming to make sure each individual endpoint and transfer was always working. And, as more and more content moved across more and more endpoints, prioritizing bandwidth according to business needs became a necessity.
Signiant software offers a means to scale out management that seamlessly grows as your business does. While there are other solutions that accelerate file transfers, Signiant’s are the only ones that operate effectively at scale, including unified control, automation, and bandwidth management.
Unified Control – logically centralized management
From the beginning, Signiant systems were designed to help people manage thousands of endpoints with a logically centralized control. Our unified control technology provides a global schedule and view into all file transfer activity in your network. Like an airport’s central flight management system might show three flights between London and New York every day, with some flights delayed for late passengers and other flights gaining time from a tailwind, you can see what’s running, who’s having trouble, and manage the network’s bandwidth accordingly. Signiant’s unified control is basically a giant dashboard for IT to monitor and manage all file movement.
Automation – implementing policy-based management
However, a unified dashboard doesn’t solve every problem when dealing with multiple content pipelines. The receiving ends need to be ready for incoming content and often have to be integrated with the file transfer operation. One option is to perform custom configurations for each endpoint. Another more efficient option is policy-based management where a set of reusable components and templates are defined for integration with various systems, like video editors, transcoding systems, or media asset management systems.
Signiant’s automation technology allows you to define rules for interacting with various systems from a central location. Signiant has also been a leader in the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) initiative of AMWA and the EBU to standardize service interfaces, further simplifying the process of integration.
Each of these elements enables management of large-scale file movement systems over public or private networks. Reducing the number of people touching each endpoint not only creates a much more efficient organization, it decreases TCO (total cost of ownership) and frees mind space for core business objectives.
Signiant’s solutions offer unparalleled capabilities for bandwidth management, including adjustable settings for WAN acceleration and bandwidth ranges based on upper limit ceilings and lower limit floors. These tools facilitate predictable transfer times and prevent overloading of the network.
Signiant’s bandwidth management capabilities let administrators prioritize delivery of assets based on business needs and content delivery windows. As content priorities change, the queue can be adjusted to move more critical jobs to the top, while jobs with less urgent timelines remain lower in the queue.
Scale out management
Essentially, Signiant allows you to greatly increase your number of endpoints and easily manage them along with bandwidth priorities. Scale out management and allow your business to grow to its fullest potential.