Evertz Heads to a Public Cloud With Discovery

Moving Discovery’s linear playout and core master control functions to the public cloud

SILVER SPRING, MD.—Discovery Communications is making an effort to move its linear playout and core master control functions to the public cloud thanks to a new partnership with Evertz. Using software and IP-based products from Evertz, Discovery can host and operate all its core services required for linear playout channel in the public cloud.

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Discovery will deploy Evertz’ Mediator-X media asset management and automation system as well as the OvertureRT-LIVE-VM virtualized channel playout engine. The Mediator-X workflow engine optimizes the preparation and distribution of content for both linear and non-linear playout applications, and incorporates advanced infrastructure management features for controlling dynamic spin up/down of virtualized services. Operating in a virtualized cloud environment, the OvertureRT-LIVE-VM provides a linear playout engine with traditional master control functionality, advanced branding capabilities and support for live events.

Both the Mediator-X and Overture-RT-LIVE-VM operate on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure. Using the Mediator-X system, along with Evertz’ Magnum SDVN and VistaLink Pro software, the Discovery operations staff have control capabilities for both on-premise and cloud-based services. Magnum SDVN provides system control and routing, while VistaLink Pro provides network management and monitoring for the system.

Evertz is a media asset management, automation and IP playout technology provider.