Cognacq-Jay Image Selects Front Porch Digital DIVArchive for Playout Storage

Front Porch Digital announced that digital content management and delivery provider Cognacq-Jay Image (CJI) is using a DIVArchive CSM system to store and archive content for the playout of MultiThématiques, a group of 15 SD and five HD channels broadcast by French television group CANAL+. Installed in CJI’s new playout center near Paris, the DIVArchive system manages 30,000 hours of media among CJI’s archive library, near-line server, and playout servers. CJI uses two tape libraries on two different sites — in the long term, one could be the backup for the other.

“Our deal with CANAL+ allowed us to create a new playout center with archiving capabilities for 20 channels, which means we needed huge storage volume for this project,” said Mickael Drouet, deputy CTO at CJI. “DIVArchive gives us a scalable, high-performance archive system for 20 channels and more, so we can restore media very quickly for each channel. We chose DIVArchive for its scalability, reliability, and ability to manage multiple restores in a very short time.”

CJI’s DIVArchive architecture consists of one DIVArchive Manager and six DIVArchive Actors that integrate with CJI’s existing automation and control systems. DIVArchive is controlled by SGT playout automation, and is supervised through the DIVArchive Manager GUI and SNMP integration with CJI’s Miranda iControl system.

The SGT system manages the file-based ingest of media from CANAL+ and also coordinates with DIVArchive to archive the media in the library. When a playlist is loaded for playout, the SGT automation directs DIVArchive to restore the media from the library to the playout server. The system is designed to archive 50 hours of video per day in two instances, while simultaneously restoring 10 hours of video per channel with less than 12 hours’ delay.

“CJI must manage a vast amount of data and access it regularly, and DIVArchive helps them do it in a cost-effective and efficient way,” said Rino Petricola, SVP and managing director of Front Porch Digital International.

DIVArchive, a leading CSM system, is a centralized content repository for digital media assets regardless of format, size, or type, with direct and proven interfaces into all leading broadcast devices, nonlinear editing platforms, media asset management (MAM) solutions, and broadcast control systems. DIVArchive is the industry standard for CSM in broadcast, production, education, government, and historical archiving. DIVArchive’s suitability for mission-critical applications and large-scale operations is further enhanced through a uniquely scalable architecture and the option to operate over multiple sites.