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SGL provides content storage management solutions. We don't do anything else. Concentrating on what we're good at means that we can provide the most effective, cost-efficient solutions, regardless of size, type or workflow. SGL's Open Systems architecture means that we can offer the most reliable and scalable content storage management system available. 


FlashNet

Content storage solutions for broadcast
The archive solution that grows with your business


FlashBrowse

Web-based SGL FlashNet client
with low-res proxy creation, search, metadata and browse

Size isn't important. At least, it isn't to SGL FlashNet. Whether you are the smallest part-time broadcaster, or bustling multi-location post-house, or even a network that spans continents, SGL FlashNet has been designed to fit your requirements. SGL FlashNet is the most scalable content storage management system available to the broadcast industry, providing unrivalled levels of resilience, flexibility and adaptability in tailored solutions that simply work. Regardless of the installation size or environment, SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture and Open System approach provide secure, future-proof solutions that fit. Seamlessly.

SGL FlashNet's power, resilience and scalability stem from the unique clustered architecture at its heart, and provide all broadcasters and broadcast-centric organisations with the most advanced content archive and storage management system available.


Accessibility

SGL's Open System architecture makes FlashNet the most accessible content storage management system available to the broadcast industry. SGL provides an XML-based API (Application Programming Interface) that allows every major broadcast vendor to create integrated applications that can instantly access the SGL content storage management system. SGL FlashNet is integrated via API with every main offering from the leading names in broadcast. Whatever the size or scope of your installation, SGL FlashNet provides a content storage management system that works seamlessly with every facet of your organisation.

Scalability and reliability

SGL FlashNet has been designed with scalability and reliability in mind. Built on a unique clustered architecture, SGL FlashNet's modular structure provides systems that start on a single server for smaller organisations, and scale to a cluster with a theoretically infinite number of identical 'nodes', each of which provides high-speed access into and out of the archive, for larger network operations. FlashNet's clustered architecture provides extremely high reliability levels. Identical software is installed on all members of the cluster, allowing any machine to perform any task. In the event that a server fails, or is taken down for maintenance, workload is taken over automatically by another node in the cluster. The SQL database that forms the centre of the archive is protected by the latest Microsoft™ clustering software, again providing instant failover in the event of hardware failure.


SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture makes it the most scalable and reliable content storage management system available to the broadcast industry.

The perfect combination of speed and efficiency

SGL FlashBrowse is a simple but powerful extension of FlashNet, SGL's content archive and storage management software. Like the FlashNet front-end interface, FlashBrowse is web-based and is the portal that allows you to perform archive, search, browse and restore operations from any machine on the network running a compatible web browser. In addition, FlashBrowse captures low-res proxy version of clips as they are archived, and includes a proxy viewer within the browser window, so that you can search for and view clips before restoring them.

Archiving with FlashBrowse

FlashBrowse features all of the archive functionality of SGL FlashNet, and more. The simple-to-use interface lets you search connected video servers and storage folders (via UNC paths), and to choose the archive location, which may be disk or tape. You can set up specific disk and tape archive groups in the FlashNet administration GUI, and can choose to verify and/or delete after archiving. As clips are archived, FlashBrowse creates low-res versions that you can use later when searching and browsing for assets to restore.

Dynamic Metadata Addition

'Standard' metadata, such as duration, bit-rate, codec etc are captured for all clips as they are archived, and you can use any of these to search for clips once they are in the archive. FlashBrowse also lets you add metadata to an asset after it has been archived. You can create custom metadata fields, as text fields, multiple-line text areas, or drop-downs, and use these to add searchable metadata to your assets at any time.

Search, browse and restore

Finding a clip that you want to restore with FlashBrowse is simple and quick. You can search for the file name, of course, plus standard and custom metadata. But the real power of FlashBrowse lies in the proxy viewer that allows you to scrub through browse versions of archived clips to help you identify those that you need to restore. Once you've found the right asset, you can restore the whole clip, or set mark-in and mark-out points in the viewer to execute a partial file restore of only the segment that you need. Then, simply select the location that you want to restore to, and your clip is on its way back to where you need it.

FlashBrowse - simple, affordable, reliable archive management, all from within your web browser.
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Avid Interplay Archive


More Knowledge.
Greater Experience.
Better Solutions.

The only fully integrated archive solution for Avid Interplay. Developed, tested, supported and distributed by Avid. Powered by SGL.

Avid Interplay Archive is the result of a unique stategic alliance between SGL and Avid that goes back over 5 years. Since 2004 Avid and SGL have co-developed archive content storage management solutions for broadcasters using Avid solutions. The latest incarnation of this is Avid Interplay Archive.

Avid Interplay Archive is the only fully integrated archive and storage management component for the Avid Interplay digital workflow engine, together creating a truly end-to-end solution. Avid Interplay Archive is driven by SGL's FlashNet content storage management system.

Avid Interplay Archive offers a huge number of benefits over other archive systems, primarily due to the unique level of co-development between Avid and SGL. For example, entire sequences can be archived in native format, and if a clip already exists in the archive as part of another sequence, there is no need to re-archive it. This level of integration and understanding at format level is unrivalled in the Avid content archive arena.

Key Features

  • Archive and restore clips directly from Avid Interplay
  • No clip duplication - if a clip already exists in the archive it won't be re-archived as part of a new sequence.
  • Low-resolution browsing of archived media
  • Search the archive database from within Avid Interplay
  • Archive and restore from Avid editing applications
  • Save time and disk space with Partial File Restore
  • Automate the archive process with Auto Archive folders
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Direct Connect for even faster archives & restores

SGL FlashNet also has the ability to transfer data directly from Avid ISIS storage. We call this Direct Connect. By removing the Archive Provider from the data transfer process, greatly increased archive and restore speeds can be achieved. In benchmarking tests in SGL and Avid labs, Direct Connect transferred data at 2 - 4 times the speed of the standard, TCP-socket-based Avid Interplay Archive system (these speeds are of course dependent on the hardware used and the size of data files being transferred).

And by removing Archive Providers from the data transfer process, you don't require the same amount of hardware, which represents even greater cost savings (at least one Archive Provider is still required, for process communication purposes).
Avid Interplay Archive undergoes rigorous testing and certification at all sages of development. SGL test every release of FlashNet with the latest versions of Avid Interplay at the SGL labs in Fareham and pre-release code is then distributed to Avid labs in Burlington for complete validation before it is released. In addition, SGL is able to test and validate solutions with pre-release versions of Avid products before they go on general release, producing field-proven solutions before new versions hit the industry. 
Download the Avid Interplay Archive data sheet  



FlashNet
Content storage solutions for broadcast
The archive solution that grows with your business

FlashBrowse
Web-based SGL FlashNet client
with low-res proxy creation, search, metadata and browse

Avid Interplay Archive
More Knowledge.
Greater Experience.
Better Solutions.




FlashNet

Content storage solutions for broadcast
The archive solution that grows with your business

Size isn't important. At least, it isn't to SGL FlashNet. Whether you are the smallest part-time broadcaster, or bustling multi-location post-house, or even a network that spans continents, SGL FlashNet has been designed to fit your requirements. SGL FlashNet is the most scalable content storage management system available to the broadcast industry, providing unrivalled levels of resilience, flexibility and adaptability in tailored solutions that simply work. Regardless of the installation size or environment, SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture and Open System approach provide secure, future-proof solutions that fit. Seamlessly.

SGL FlashNet's power, resilience and scalability stem from the unique clustered architecture at its heart, and provide all broadcasters and broadcast-centric organisations with the most advanced content archive and storage management system available.

Accessibility

SGL's Open System architecture makes FlashNet the most accessible content storage management system available to the broadcast industry. SGL provides an XML-based API (Application Programming Interface) that allows every major broadcast vendor to create integrated applications that can instantly access the SGL content storage management system. SGL FlashNet is integrated via API with every main offering from the leading names in broadcast. Whatever the size or scope of your installation, SGL FlashNet provides a content storage management system that works seamlessly with every facet of your organisation.

Scalability and reliability

SGL FlashNet has been designed with scalability and reliability in mind. Built on a unique clustered architecture, SGL FlashNet's modular structure provides systems that start on a single server for smaller organisations, and scale to a cluster with a theoretically infinite number of identical 'nodes', each of which provides high-speed access into and out of the archive, for larger network operations. FlashNet's clustered architecture provides extremely high reliability levels. Identical software is installed on all members of the cluster, allowing any machine to perform any task. In the event that a server fails, or is taken down for maintenance, workload is taken over automatically by another node in the cluster. The SQL database that forms the centre of the archive is protected by the latest Microsoft™ clustering software, again providing instant failover in the event of hardware failure.

SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture makes it the most scalable and reliable content storage management system available to the broadcast industry.

flashnet

Download the FlashNet data sheet

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FlashBrowse

Web-based SGL FlashNet client
with low-res proxy creation, search, metadata and browse


The perfect combination of speed and efficiency

SGL FlashBrowse is a simple but powerful extension of FlashNet, SGL's content archive and storage management software. Like the FlashNet front-end interface, FlashBrowse is web-based and is the portal that allows you to perform archive, search, browse and restore operations from any machine on the network running a compatible web browser. In addition, FlashBrowse captures low-res proxy version of clips as they are archived, and includes a proxy viewer within the browser window, so that you can search for and view clips before restoring them.

Archiving with FlashBrowse

FlashBrowse features all of the archive functionality of SGL FlashNet, and more. The simple-to-use interface lets you search connected video servers and storage folders (via UNC paths), and to choose the archive location, which may be disk or tape. You can set up specific disk and tape archive groups in the FlashNet administration GUI, and can choose to verify and/or delete after archiving. As clips are archived, FlashBrowse creates low-res versions that you can use later when searching and browsing for assets to restore.

Dynamic Metadata Addition

'Standard' metadata, such as duration, bit-rate, codec etc are captured for all clips as they are archived, and you can use any of these to search for clips once they are in the archive. FlashBrowse also lets you add metadata to an asset after it has been archived. You can create custom metadata fields, as text fields, multiple-line text areas, or drop-downs, and use these to add searchable metadata to your assets at any time.

Search, browse and restore

Finding a clip that you want to restore with FlashBrowse is simple and quick. You can search for the file name, of course, plus standard and custom metadata. But the real power of FlashBrowse lies in the proxy viewer that allows you to scrub through browse versions of archived clips to help you identify those that you need to restore. Once you've found the right asset, you can restore the whole clip, or set mark-in and mark-out points in the viewer to execute a partial file restore of only the segment that you need. Then, simply select the location that you want to restore to, and your clip is on its way back to where you need it.

FlashBrowse - simple, affordable, reliable archive management, all from within your web browser.

Flashbrowse

Download the FlashBrowse data sheet

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Avid Interplay Archive

More Knowledge.
Greater Experience.
Better Solutions.


The only fully integrated archive solution for Avid Interplay. Developed, tested, supported and distributed by Avid. Powered by SGL.

Avid Interplay Archive is the result of a unique stategic alliance between SGL and Avid that goes back over 5 years. Since 2004 Avid and SGL have co-developed archive content storage management solutions for broadcasters using Avid solutions. The latest incarnation of this is Avid Interplay Archive.

Avid Interplay Archive is the only fully integrated archive and storage management component for the Avid Interplay digital workflow engine, together creating a truly end-to-end solution. Avid Interplay Archive is driven by SGL's FlashNet content storage management system.

Avid Interplay Archive offers a huge number of benefits over other archive systems, primarily due to the unique level of co-development between Avid and SGL. For example, entire sequences can be archived in native format, and if a clip already exists in the archive as part of another sequence, there is no need to re-archive it. This level of integration and understanding at format level is unrivalled in the Avid content archive arena.

Key Features

Archive and restore clips directly from Avid Interplay

No clip duplication - if a clip already exists in the archive it won't be re-archived as part of a new sequence.

Low-resolution browsing of archived media

Search the archive database from within Avid Interplay

Archive and restore from Avid editing applications

Save time and disk space with Partial File Restore

Automate the archive process with Auto Archive folders

Direct Connect for even faster archives & restores

SGL FlashNet also has the ability to transfer data directly from Avid ISIS storage. We call this Direct Connect. By removing the Archive Provider from the data transfer process, greatly increased archive and restore speeds can be achieved. In benchmarking tests in SGL and Avid labs, Direct Connect transferred data at 2 - 4 times the speed of the standard, TCP-socket-based Avid Interplay Archive system (these speeds are of course dependent on the hardware used and the size of data files being transferred).
And by removing Archive Providers from the data transfer process, you don't require the same amount of hardware, which represents even greater cost savings (at least one Archive Provider is still required, for process communication purposes).

Avid Interplay Archive undergoes rigorous testing and certification at all sages of development. SGL test every release of FlashNet with the latest versions of Avid Interplay at the SGL labs in Fareham and pre-release code is then distributed to Avid labs in Burlington for complete validation before it is released. In addition, SGL is able to test and validate solutions with pre-release versions of Avid products before they go on general release, producing field-proven solutions before new versions hit the industry.

avid interplay archive

Download the Avid Interplay Archive data sheet

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