Object Matrix to Power BT Media Storage Service

BT Media Storage in association with Object Matrix

Cardiff and London, UK, 14th March 2016: Object Matrix, the leading developer of object storage and business continuity systems to the media industry announces a partnership that will see it provide storage and workflow solutions for the new BT Media Storage service, being launched at NAB 2016. Find more details about this post production and broadcast media cloud storage solution here.

BT Media & Broadcast and Object Matrix have brought together their expertise in networking and storage to create a tightly integrated storage service proposition tailored to the media industry and targeted initially at nearline, library, +1 copies and disaster recovery workflows. As well as the intuitive interfaces that come out of the box, the service offering will also extend to 3rd party applications such as ingest, QC, transcode, and MAM to provide an ecosystem of tightly integrated and well supported services.

Combining highly trusted telecommunications from a globally recognized brand with the leading provider of proven object storage to the media and entertainment industries enables organisations to implement a private or hybrid cloud storage strategy, knowing the movement and access to data will be non-disruptive and integrated into the way they work today.

The service will initially provide comparable services to other cloud providers in terms of data protection and price per Gigabyte but will offer much more in terms of support and integration of workflows. Other benefits of the service include:

  • Private and hybrid cloud configurations available
  • Disruptive commercial models enabling access to content on demand with no access fee or penalties for retrieving your own data
  • Choice of connectivity options – the Internet, the Nexus community fibre Network or a VLAN over the Global Media Network.
  • Applications support to retrieve and search for content when local outages occur
  • Growing community of 3rd party integrations

MatrixStore is deployed globally as a trusted nearline hub handling multiple workflows and satisfying numerous business requirements; from providing secure ingest storage to delivering proven disaster recovery and business continuity workflows.

Mark Wilson Dunn, Vice President of BT Media & Broadcast, said: “This proposition is very timely as more and more of our customers look to move infrastructure from their premises into the cloud. We are excited to be working with Object Matrix who are true experts when it comes to storage. The combination of their media-specific storage and our media-specific connectivity options will be a powerful one.”

BT Media IP Nexus is a high speed data service for digital workflow solutions for the Media and Broadcast industry. Such communities are concentrated within London around BT Tower/Soho, in Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow but Nexus can reach most UK and International centres. BT Media IP Nexus has been designed to help the creative industry link together effortlessly across the stages of production. It helps post- production teams work together locally and from other locations. Video edits, visual effects, colour corrections, sound effects and more can be quickly and easily shared, and are not restricted by your local region.

“BT has been an Object Matrix customer since 2010 with almost 2 petabytes of object storage deployed as a private cloud over 3 sites. Having proven the private cloud storage model with BT, and many other globally recognised organisations, it is a natural step for Object Matrix to offer that service to the wider community” stated Nick Pearce, co-founder and Sales Director at Object Matrix. “Working with BT in the UK to jointly bring this service to market is an exciting opportunity that shows that cloud storage is not only about the race to the bottom on price” he added.

The service will be available from Q3 2016.

If you would like to learn more about the BT Media Storage Service Powered by Object Matrix then please do get in touch or arrange a meeting with BT and Object Matrix at the NAB Show (stand SL6125) in Las Vegas.

About Object Matrix

Object Matrix is the trusted storage partner to the media & entertainment industry providing proven object storage and integrated nearline archive solutions. Based in Cardiff (UK), it has an impressive track record for providing tightly integrated digital preservation platforms and is trusted by global broadcasters, telcos, banks and utilities companies to ensure their video content is always available. Customers include Globo, Fox Sports, France Télévisions, BT, the BBC, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Deutsche Bank & the Miami Heat to name a few.

Object Matrix is comprised of a team of storage industry experts with a shared vision for high levels of data security combined with intuitive user interfaces. In addition to providing solutions and product integrations for the storage, search and retrieval of media assets, Object Matrix also provides consultancy, training, systems integration, and ongoing support services.


About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. Following the acquisition of EE on 29 January 2016, BT consists principally of six customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, EE, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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About BT Media & Broadcast

BT Media & Broadcast (M&B) is the digital media and broadcast services arm of BT Wholesale. All of the UK’s digital terrestrial TV is underpinned by M&B’s specialist media network, whilst it is also responsible for delivering outside broadcast services from over 150 sports and news locations around the UK.

M&B’s global media network links every major location around the world where broadcast or film content is created or distributed.