Discovery Taps Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive for Postproduction Facility

Discovery Communications has implemented Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) solution at its Silver Spring, MD, postproduction facility to support deep archiving of all of the company’s production assets.

Discovery is in the process of expanding its use of DIVArchive to become the common system for manipulating and moving media files wherever they need to go — from postproduction to origination around the world.

Discovery runs DIVArchive at four additional operations worldwide and is currently working on a comprehensive, enterprise-wide plan for replicating, securing, and preserving its abundance of media assets. The project will also require more extensive use of Front Porch Digital’s DIVAnet wide area network solution, which currently supports disaster recovery for Discovery’s network origination facility in Sterling, VA.

“Discovery Communications is known for identifying and implementing the best, most effective technology to create and deliver some of today’s most popular and acclaimed programming,” says Mike Knaisch, president and CEO of Front Porch Digital. “For a global operation like Discovery, DIVArchive’s flexibility, scalability, and interoperability ensure its efficacy as an enterprise-wide content storage management solution.”

At Discovery’s Silver Spring facility, DIVArchive is in use 24/7 to move a heavy load of high bit-rate DNxHD files. The Front Porch Digital solution interfaces with TransMedia Dynamics media asset management to support re-versioning to suit regulatory, timing, and advertising requirements of playout worldwide. Discovery’s deep archive is housed on a DIVArchive-controlled StorageTek SL8500 LTO3 data tape library with 4,000 slots.