SeaChange Unveils Flash Memory Video Server Platform

The days of video servers operating with spinning disks may by numbered: SeaChange is going flash with its new Broadcast Flash Memory Library FML200 ingest and play-to-air solution.

SeaChange says the server has no moving parts and consumes 10 times less power than its disk-based counterparts with 100 times more reliability.

Combining flash memory with SeaChange’s MediaCluster server architecture, the FML200 offers IP-centric connectivity that is ideal for seamless integration with the file-based workflows.

“The availability of a flash-based broadcast server represents a seismic shift at the heart of television operations,” said Chris West, vice president of broadcast at SeaChange International. “The ultra-reliable, compact and efficient nature of flash technology means far fewer headaches and much greater operating efficiencies for operations of all sizes. Our customers are beginning to catch on that the Flash introduction is bearing the same kind of dramatic performance improvement that resulted from the introduction of our MediaCluster technology.”

The 2 RU FML200 includes an array of 24 flash memory drives available in either 32GB or 64GB configurations. At full capacity, a six-node FML200 cluster puts 144 flash memory drives online, delivering more than 6.6TB of clustered RAID-5 protected storage.

SeaChange’s range of content storage, streaming and management solutions, including the FML200 and its latest Broadcast MediaLibrary/Broadcast MediaClient play-to-air storage system and SD/HD software codecs, will be on display at the 2008 NAB Show April 14-17 in Las Vegas.