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Building on Centralized Network Operations
An early adopter of digital technology, KBS created a centralized control tower network operation in 2007 to manage its file-based content. Among other tasks, it converts videotape programming into digital files, gives editors and reviewers access to the files, stores and protects the assets, and transmits the content.
In 2009, KBS added a Quantum StorNext file system. StorNext is a high-performance file-sharing platform that gives editors shared access to digital content over Fibre-Channel SANs or LAN connections. StorNext supports large sets of large files, and it can automatically archive content—storing it on different kinds of disk and tape devices.
Higher-Resolution Content, More Formats
In 2015, KBS decided to update its system to replace aging components to handle increased demand and the larger file sizes associated with emerging ultra-high-definition (UHD) standards. The changes were also designed to upgrade the operations at KBS’s 1TV operation, which had maintained its own network-attached storage (NAS) system. Using NAS had created bottlenecks when multiple users tried to access the files, and it slowed down transmission.
New Requirements Point to StorNext M440
Requirements for the upgraded system included scalability to support the increased workload, compatibility with legacy storage, and high performance to handle the larger file sizes. Also important were ease of use, enhanced system stability, and effective technical support. After a detailed technology review, the team selected Quantum’s StorNext M440 Metadata Appliance with StorNext File System to provide a workflow foundation. The M440 is a high-capacity storage and workflow management solution that provides high-performance file sharing and policy-based data migration between different storage tiers. It delivers Quantum’s StorNext 5 platform in an appliance-based solution to make deployment and maintenance fast and easy. It also provides direct support for SAN-based storage.
Results: Improved Workflow and Faster Transmission
“The new StorNext 5 system increased processing speed for transmission of broadcasting content, made it easier for production and editing teams to share files—and reduced the time required to transmit data by as much as ten times,” explains Sangil Park, KBS production facility manager. Increased I/O performance also dramatically improved system stability.
The new system is fully compatible with KBS’s existing StorNext file system deployment—making it easy to deploy additional storage when needed. The deployment process was fast, allowing the team to get up and running quickly. With StorNext 5, KBS has a single point of service and support for its entire set of workflow solutions, providing increased uptime and fast issue resolution.
Founded in 1927, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) is the national public broadcaster of South Korea. Today, it is one of Korea’s largest media and entertainment organizations, with radio, television, and online operations that span the globe. KBS manages three television channels (1TV, 2TV, and KBS World), seven radio channels (Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, FM1, FM2, Korean Network Channel, and KBS World Radio), four land-based DMB channels (U-KBS Star, U-KBS Heart, U-KBS Music, and U-KBS Clover), as well as Internet and mobile platform transmissions.
With a pedigree reaching back to the 1920s, KBS has a long history of leveraging technology to deliver innovative content. Today, that delivery includes everything from sports and public affairs programming to children’s shows and dramatic series—reaching audiences around the world on radio, television, the Internet, and mobile devices. Throughout its growth into a global media company, KBS has continually upgraded facilities, equipment, and technologies to maintain streamlined production schedules and fast, efficient workflows.