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Highly Distributed Network Creates Unique Challenges
As “the national unifying channel,” TVRI provides programming that presents elements of politics and culture that affect everyone, but also preserves national diversity by providing broadcasting operations in each regional center. To do this, it has a central broadcast center in Jakarta, and 29 separate regional branches which produce and air their own local programming. “Nowadays, the TVRI main broadcast center really provides two distinctly different roles in the company,” explains Hari. “It creates and airs content of its own, and each station shares their own rich and varied programming among themselves.”
Collaboration and Preservation Key Goals for New System
In 2016, TVRI decided to upgrade its workflow. “We had two major goals in mind as we planned our latest expansion,” explains Hari. “The first was to increase collaboration—allowing editors in each broadcast and production center to share content among themselves, and enable faster and more efficient sharing between locations. The second was to create a large secure, scalable archive capability.” The archive would preserve all content created across all sites centrally to provide an historical record and allow easy reuse of existing content.
Search Leads to StorNext Scale-out Storage
The new system would need to support TVRI’s overall long-term goals, provide reliable regional service and support, and easily integrate with existing infrastructure and tools. TVRI decided to standardize on Quantum StorNext. “StorNext gave us exactly what we needed—storage and software for high-performance collaboration that will support our digital content management, and an archiving capability that will let us meet our requirement to store digital assets for the foreseeable future,” says Hari.
StorNext Streamlines Collaboration and Centralizes Archiving
Each TVRI site has a new StorNext system that includes an Xcellis Workflow Director appliance and QXS primary storage. StorNext allows content to be shared simultaneously between editors using either a SAN interface or LAN-based clients, dramatically streamlining workflows and decreasing the time needed to prepare content. For archiving, a StorNext AEL500 LTO tape library at the central site stores copies of content from the regional offices, makes it available to all sites for reuse, and creates duplicate files for off-site retention. The archive’s Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) feature periodically scans media to check for wear, automatically moving files to new tapes to protect them. “We view the contents from our regional broadcast centers as irreplaceable cultural assets,” says Hari.
Founded in 1963, TVRI is the public broadcasting network for the nation of Indonesia, and is the country’s oldest television resource. Its mission is to use broadcasting as a unifying force for the entire nation. Its 29 regional broadcasting centers provide a wide spectrum of educational, cultural, and entertainment programming that is ethical, balanced, and informative, and furthers the nation’s motto—Unity in Diversity—by preserving and celebrating the full range of Indonesia’s rich, vibrant, multicultural heritage. Today, TVRI is pioneering the revolutionary transition from an analog to digital broadcast system in Indonesia. Located in Senayan, Central Jakarta, Television for the Republic of Indonesia (TVRI ) is the public broadcasting network for this immense island nation, and is the country’s oldest television resource.