To meet their growing challenges the news organisation chose Object Matrix to protect and manage its content through adopting MatrixStore, the media focused private cloud based on object storage. Due to the desire to bring more intelligence to its archive workflow and a requirement for compact and secure data storage, the organisation chose to implement a MatrixStore Quattro in multiple regional bureaus. MatrixStore object storage deployed on the Quattro platform enables the news organisation to ingest and protect locally, visualise assets and set up disaster recovery by replicating back to the HQ. Following a highly successful two year period of using the solution in production both Object Matrix and the news organisation identified that the News Bureaus and Long-form Programming teams both required the benefits brought by MatrixStore to deliver different features within their own teams.
MatrixStore Quattro has been implemented across eleven news bureaus, with data being migrated away from ageing desktop drives in these locations. When content and metadata is uploaded locally at the bureaus it is secure and protected, the Quattro platform then automatically replicates them to a central vault at the Head Office. This allows content to be searched and accessed worldwide by employees, maximising content opportunities and enabling global collaboration. Storing data both on-premise, and at remote sites, provides a disaster recovery solution and ensures secure content protection.
To streamline data sharing, it was identified that the news bureaus require a formal ingest process with dedicated enforced metadata to make it easy to rediscover that content within the archive. The news bureaus now benefit from a single point of access to pooled content through the Object Matrix’s Vision platform, which allows employees to easily search for content through to the metadata process implemented upon upload by MatrixStore. The same improved workflows and processes have been implemented at each of the news bureaus to allow employees to work interchangeably between offices with minimal disruption, therefore improving time and cost efficiencies.
Long-form News Programming teams:
The Long-form News team also needed to move away from a legacy disk storage platform that offered them very little value or benefit other than providing a large bit bucket. They wanted a more strategic platform that would scale as their needs grew, that added more intelligence and governance to the workflow and that provided future proof access to their assets enabling them to find, share and distribute content either through incumbent MAM solutions or stand alone applications.
Having experienced the benefits of working with MatrixStore object storage in the global bureaus the London team invested in, and implemented, a two petabyte MatrixStore Enterprise platform
Now the teams can quickly access the full inventory of content through the enhanced search capabilities of Vision, enabled through the implementation of metadata ingestion processes. The Process in Place feature enables content to be processed within the storage platform, enabling future-proof access to content with minimal manual intervention. MatrixStore’s full integration with existing platforms and Media Asset Management software allows the teams to access and process data easily and efficiently using existing MAM systems. This has resulted in the organisation implementing improved and streamlined procedures and workflows that integrate seamlessly with the existing infrastructure. This means the long-form news teams can concentrate on producing high-quality news programmes, rather than expending a huge amount of resources delving through the archives.
This prestigious large news organisation now has a total of 13 MatrixStore object storage platforms deployed across Europe, Asia and the Americas and has plans to expand that number with further deployments in the coming 12 months.