Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the Chief Technology Officer and a founding member of Signiant.  He leads the development of Signiant's innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure content.  Previously, Ian has held senior technology positions for ISOTRO Network Managment, Bay Networks, Notel Networks, and Bell Northern Research.  Ian shares his insights on emerging technology, software development, and observations in the market.

The Unique Benefits of Cloud-Native SaaS for Media Companies »

Media technology must deal with highly variable demand for time-sensitive work that involves geographically distributed locations, while operating on extremely large professional media files. These inflexible and harsh demands make the agility and cost effectiveness of cloud-native SaaS particularly relevant.

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IMF (Interoperable Master Format) Reaches the Mainstream »

At this year’s HPA Tech Retreat, two full hours on Wednesday were dedicated to IMF (Interoperable Master Format), the SMPTE standard for the file-based interchange of multi-version, finished audio-visual works. The time dedicated to the topic shows the importance of IMF to the industry.

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Isn’t it Time to Think of People First and Not Policies and Technology? »

Security and simplicity are often viewed as opposing forces. One widely held belief codified in the IS policies of most organizations is that for a system to be secure, people must use complex passwords that are changed frequently. But this doesn't have to be “just the way it is”!

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Is security enhanced or hindered by additional software layers on top of raw storage? »

Media professionals have many options for storing, organizing and accessing digital media assets, but security implications are a constant consideration. So is security enhanced or hindered by additional software layers?

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Meet the Patents: Where Signiant Leads, Others Follow »

We realize patents make for dull reading best left to geeks and lawyers. However, if you're researching vendors, it does make sense to consider the patents the company holds.

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Producing Live Streaming Coverage of Remote Events: A Cloud-Based Approach »

Flight’s ability to accelerate standard HTTP(S) transfers enables a model for ingesting high-quality live video contribution feeds directly into the cloud for remote event production and streaming.

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The Power of the Sharing Economy: From Uber to multi-tenant SaaS »

From ride sharing to public cloud infrastructure to Signiant’s software as a service, sharing is a powerful paradigm that can be applied in many ways to deliver extraordinary value.

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Product Testing vs. Reality: How SaaS prevents misconceptions of real-world performance »

With accelerated file transfer, there are a huge number of independent factors that impact throughput. SaaS solutions provide a unique opportunity to test out software in your real world scenario with limited risk to the purchaser.

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The Death of the NPAPI »

Netscape Navigator gave birth to the Netscape Plug-in Application Programmer Interface (NPAPI). The NPAPI allowed browser functionality to be extended to render content types, like video, not handled natively with a web page. It was also used to generically extend browser capabilities beyond those supported by standards.

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TV Technology on SaaS and the future of the media facility »

Kovalick points to the time it takes to transfer large files into the cloud as one of the biggest “shortfalls” to SaaS adoption in media. “For media apps, constrained access bandwidth poses the biggest problem (i.e. 4K editing). Usually the media is first uploaded to the server location, which could take days for some workloads,”

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