Israeli international news channel i24news went on air in July 2013. Broadcasting from Jaffa port, Tel Aviv, it airs international news on three channels in three languages: English, French, and Arabic. The channel provides news content and magazine pieces to 800 million households around the world on cable and satellite, as well as realtime viewing on its websites at www. i24news.tv.
i24news has a sizeable, complex newsroom operation. More than 150 journalists must be able to access and share the same content at any time from more than 100 user workstations in order to produce news bulletins, talk shows, and magazine programs in all three languages.
The Challenge: Reliable Storage From Ingest to Air
i24news journalists and editors work around the clock to develop and edit stories using content arriving in the facility from multiple simultaneous feeds. Content is then pushed to the playout servers from the storage system. i24news editors need reliably fast access to all of that video so that they can see it in real time, without any stutters or dropped frames. That job calls for an effi cient, fi eld-proven active storage infrastructure that is not only reliable but works seamlessly with the technology around it.
How to Choose
When deciding on an active-storage system for the brand-new facility, the fi rst requirement was for always- on reliability to match the always-on nature of the news, with the ability to upgrade or expand without ever having to turn it off. The storage also had to be easy to manage so that engineers would be free to handle more pressing tasks. Just as important, it had to play perfectly well with the chosen automation and longterm storage solutions, i24news was researching.
In the end, i24news chose a NetApp FAS6200 series storage system to serve as production storage for its demanding operation, along with the Dalet News Suite to integrate its many workfl ows into one fl uid system.
“After looking at all of our options, installing NetApp was an obvious choice,” said Effy Lupo, i24news chief technology offi cer. “NetApp storage is not only the most used, most tested enterprise-grade storage solution in the world, but it is also the most recognized and cost-effective choice for use with Dalet proxy creation and editing. Once we decided on Dalet, the fact that NetApp is used in more than 150 Dalet installations worldwide was very compelling to us.”