Live production is one of the best examples of how dynamic M&E can be. By their very nature, live events are unpredictable and fluid, both qualities that are central to their thrill. Of course, with that thrill come unique challenges.
For decades, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) has been used in the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry to move files between servers and for distributing them around the world. And for just as long, cybersecurity experts have been warning of its potential threat to network security, intellectual property and privacy. Nevertheless, FTP has persisted.
Learn why it’s necessary even with high-bandwidth connections, how it’s difference from open-source UDP, how it improves cloud transfers, and about Signiant’s new intelligent transport mechanism.
Historically, Signiant has been used to move files, but now this same technology is available for streaming. Some organizations need to move both files and streams as part of their workflows and Signiant can do both.
Standard web collaboration tools lack the foundational technology necessary for most post-production work. Learn the fundamental requirements necessary for collaborating with remote teams and talent around the world.
DevOps brings together the two crucial elements of software engineering, development and operations. The DevOps methodology combines the entire software development, deployment and monitoring lifecycle and ensures 24/7 availability for customers.
This production model rests on the ability to transfer huge amounts of data, whether large files or many small clips, in a fast, secure and reliable manner.
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.
Media file sizes continue to grow, increasing the need for bandwidth and file acceleration technology. While the technical aspects are well understood, the financial implications can be surprisingly convoluted.
Scale out architecture uses commodity computing, scaling a single large file transfer across multiple cloud compute instances. Flight’s patented architecture for data transfer is the only solution to date that scales out large file transfers to cloud services.
The transition to SaaS elevated the role of customer support, triggering a positive feedback loop in our products and throughout Signiant.
The flow of data across the Internet is steadily increasing, with annual global IP traffic predicted to reach 3.3 ZB by 2021. Media file sizes are also exploding with HD, 4K and 8k, and we are moving large files over longer distances — a challenging environment for FTP.
“Two different networks who want to come to our facility and shoot over the next two to six weeks, one of the first questions they asked was, “What is your COVID-19 policy? I never really thought about that, but we have to come up with one.”
“Time. I think it’s the biggest challenge. It’s been frantic. It’s been so frantic. Every day is just inventive in a way. Trying to get everything done within an unknown timetable and deploying technology at a slightly wider scale than we’ve done before.”
Over the past year, Signiant’s development team has been focusing on a few new significant additions to Manager+Agents. In addition to system-to-system automations, you can now also automate workflows to people and to and from the cloud, as well as support local object storage and growing files.
Signiant’s accelerated file transfer solutions are designed to optimize transfers based on file and storage type, distance, and network conditions, to make sure you get the most out of all available bandwidth. And, the bigger the pipe, the more we can help!