Scale Out Management

Signiant scales to your business potential

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.

Signiant solutions support scale out management capabilities in on-premises systems (via the manager in Manager+Agents) and SaaS solutions (via a cloud control plane in Media Shuttle and Flight).  

 

Scale out 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, including between on-premises locations and cloud services.

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.

Bandwidth management

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.

Bandwidth allocation

While many solutions provide mechanisms to control bandwidth associated with a single transfer in isolation, Signiant provides mechanisms to apply bandwidth allocation policies to groups of related sets of transfers, and to create rules that specify how many transfers in a group can run at the same time and how bandwidth should be allocated across those transfers.

Rules can also be set to control transfers based on target completion dates or business priorities. Further, these rules can be organized as policies so that a change to a policy is automatically applied everywhere the policy is used throughout the system.

Queuing mechanisms

In any system processing tasks (e.g. performing transfers), the lowest average completion time is achieved when all of the resources of the system are applied to a single task at a time. However, sometimes it’s not possible or preferrable to apply all resources to each task.

Queuing mechanisms allow operators to define how many transfers or tasks should run at the same time and how those transfers or tasks should be ordered in the queue based on business priorities.

Aggregate bandwidth mechanisms

Aggregate bandwidth mechanisms allow bandwidth to be allocated evenly across a set of concurrently running transfers. The maximum (ceiling), average (throttle) and minimum (floor) bandwidth that transfers should consume can be specified in aggregate for a group of transfers.

Scale out management

In summary, Signiant allows you to greatly increase your number of endpoints and easily manage them along with bandwidth priorities. With Signiant’s scale out management capabilities, your business can grow to its fullest potential.

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