Business Challenge story
Timeline Television had less than six months to build out the broadcast centre from an empty shell into a 24 hour-a-day operation, including the simultaneous roll-out of a fully automated disaster recovery system. They quickly identified the need for a robust, high-speed transfer platform from a trusted vendor, to power the intense file-based production workflows and meet the project’s aggressive timescale. To fulfill BT Sport’s stringent requirements, the platform needed to support secure high-speed transfer at multi-gigabit speeds, allow fully automated end-to-end workflows including ad-hoc content ingest, review, approval and distribution, and offer reliable, secure data replication of petabytes of media from BT Sport’s main site in London’s iCITY to the disaster recovery and continuity facilities located at the iconic BT Tower.
IBM® Aspera® provided a full suite of software including Aspera Orchestrator for complete workflow automation, Aspera faspex for ad- hoc ingest and distribution, Aspera Sync for high-performance replication to the DR site, and Aspera Console for centralized management and control over the entire transfer environment.
With Aspera, BT Sport can transport large media files at the highest possible speeds and in single sessions. BT Sport now maximizes bandwidth between the two sites, ensuring business continuity with near-zero recovery time – which would not have been possible without Aspera. Thanks to Aspera’s ability to integrate easily with any third-party solutions, as well as Aspera’s previous experience successfully collaborating with EVS, Timeline Television was able to deliver a tightly integrated solution for BT Sport’s complex workflow in under six months, making this project one of the largest and quickest broadcast installations in the industry. BT Sport maximizes bandwidth, achieving 5 Gbps transfers between their headquarters and the disaster recovery center. Transfers up to 40TB/day of live feeds, rushes and produced content synchronized with DR site. Remotely manages all BT Tower facilities from iCity allowing BT Tower to act as satellite production facility.