Product Spotlight: Omneon Video Networks’ Extended File System

Oct 8, 2001  •  Post A Comment

What it is: Omneon Video Networks’ Extended File System is a new feature of the company’s networked content server that allows servers to connect with each other and share files. The EFS functionality was introduced at NAB 2001.
How it works: The networked content server, unveiled at NAB 2000, stores and delivers content and is “data type independent.” That means it can handle data other than video, such as Microsoft Word files, audio files, metadata and video formats. Broadcasters historically have been focused on one type of data-broadcast video-but many are now leveraging their content in other areas such as the Web. The Omneon server can store and play any type of content. “You can store it on our system and play from us-something other video server folks don’t typically do,” said Tim Slate, VP of marketing for the company.
File sharing: The EFS enables more than one server to be connected together and enables files to be shared between the two. For instance, one server can connect about 16 users to a single networked content server at 25 Mbps each. EFS allows the station to add more users simply by adding another server, since the EFS allows all users to have access to a common storage area. “You don’t have to transfer files to another server. EFS allows you to connect more than one server together so they can share files and allow more users to have access to them,” Mr. Slate said.
Other features: The server was designed as a modular system so that stations can easily add users, channels or storage. “Because it’s modular you can start with something really small and scale up as you need to,” he said.
Cost: The licensing fee for EFS is $8,000 for every server that is shared. The networked content server on which EFS resides starts at $50,000.
Customers: BBC, BSkyB, Emmis Broadcasting, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Fla.#