Imagine downloading half a million one hour shows, in HD, from Netflix

A remote pointing at a TV.

Sounds like a lot, right? But this is equivalent to the amount of data our Media Shuttle customers now send and share – every month.

And it is worth bearing in mind that all this content is being moved between people, working on desktops or laptops, sending or sharing files related to projects or deliverables they are actively engaged in. This is a very different scenario than, for example, what we find with our Manager+Agents on-premises solution. Designed for unattended server-to-server transfers of content between geographically distributed data centers, and used by many of the world’s largest media companies, individual Manager+Agents deployments often transfer far greater volumes of data within the same time period.

But Media Shuttle – the world’s first, and still most popular, cloud-native SaaS solution for person-initiated file transfers – is all about the hands-on movement of content between people, not automated transfers between systems.

Media Shuttle was introduced to the Media & Entertainment industry at the 2012 NAB Show. While the solution has evolved as we continue to innovate and provide new features and capabilities, one constant has always been our laser focus on ease of use, and support for ever more efficient workflows. For the end-user, the product launched with support for just a single class of transfer operation, provided for by the Send portal, for person to person file transfers. But soon after we added two additional portal types targeting additional use cases: the Submit (for person to process) and Share (uploads/downloads within a designated folder structure). Our latest article – Send. Share. Submit. Media Shuttle¹s 3 Portal Types, Their Features and Use Cases Explored – provides a brief overview of what each portal type is designed to enable, how they work, and what kind of real world use cases customers apply them to.

We write a lot here on our blog, and elsewhere on the web site, about Media Shuttle’s speed, reliability and security, or about the benefits of cloud-native SaaS delivery, our flexible and cost-effective subscription-based pricing model, and the advantages of differentiators like “storage independence”, or features like Auto Delivery. And all of these are important and valuable topics we wish to make our prospective customers aware of – so please take a look at our Media Shuttle product pages to get more information on these.

However, when focusing on all the benefits and features it is easy to lose sight of the fact that, at the end of the day, it is all about how well the solution works for the users – the people who actually send, receive and share files through the Media Shuttle portals. From this perspective, the breadth and depth of adoption and usage, and the rate at which these continue to grow, has been staggering. Numbers from our current customers speak louder than words here:

  • Over 5,000 Media Shuttle portals created.
  • 150,000 users across these portals.
  • Over 1.5 petabytes of data transferred each month. To put this in perspective, in the high-end post-production world, this equates to moving – every month – 3000 hours of uncompressed 10-bit HD video, or over 10,000 hours of ProRes 4444 HD. In a broadcast setting, this total is equivalent to transferring 20,000 – 30,000 hours of video compliant with most major broadcasters’ specifications for finished HD program deliveries. At the lower end of the production continuum, or for the more highly compressed distribution use cases, the equivalent number approaches, or even exceeds, the half a million hours stated above for Netflix HD downloads.
  • Over 25,000 businesses, across 200 countries, connected through Media Shuttle send, receive or share operations.

When we consider who these global Media Shuttle customers are, and what they are using the portals for, we see a picture of great diversity. Customers range from smaller businesses with tens of employees, to massive enterprises with tens of thousands, and everything in between. Within Media & Entertainment, customers include: production and post-production companies; film, TV, VFX, gaming and animation studios; broadcast and cable companies; sports teams, leagues, and federations; advertising agencies; media services providers; online platforms; and more.

Outside M&E Media Shuttle customers come from sectors as diverse as life sciences, geospatial mapping, mining and energy, drone specialists, software design and development, forensic imaging and surveillance, and government agencies.

What all of these customers have in common is the need to send and share large data sets, quickly, reliably and securely. The ease of using Media Shuttle, presented in the three end-user portal interfaces, is a crucial component to the success we are witnessing.

The Media Shuttle wave is growing. Take a look and join the wave.

Now I have some movies to watch …

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