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Moving ALL your media workflows to IP?

You need a single converged IP network ?

You NEED fast switching and guaranteed QoS?

You need GRID from SDNsquare.

One critical problem

IP is set to replace the tried and trusted SDI for professional media networks. Thanks to excellent standardization work, the media services handled by the broadcast controller are IP-ready, as is the network hardware – the switches and servers.

The challenge is to orchestrate the network so that it meets the exacting needs of broadcasters dealing with media worfklows: guaranteed Quality of Service per workflow on a single converged network with a scalable architecture. 

ONE solution that works

GRID uses software-defined networking to deliver IP network orchestration for media that simply works, whatever the use case, whatever the workflow.

While networking vendors and traditional broadcast manufacturers can propose limited, single-vendor setups for specific use cases, they fail in more complex and scaled-up setups. GRID is vendor-agnostic, reliable, flexible and scalable. And it works!


The trouble with elephants

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If IP behaved like the familiar world of SDI, all media packets would have a perfect shape and size, leading to predictable behaviour. In reality, however, things are far from predictable when it comes to media and IP, with diverse and dynamic workflows, more software and virtualization. Media workflows run like elephants over your network next to many mouse flows. 

GRID from SDNsquare can cope with all data streams in a predictable way. With GRID you can set up IP data paths without packet loss, with low latency and with the exact bandwidth you need, even in bursty, high-impact traffic in many-to-many environments.

As media organizations start to implement complex (converged) IP networks, they're adopting spine-leaf and other more variable architectures. This requires a layer of network orchestration that calls for the proven expertise of SDNsquare with our GRID network controller.


Why GRID?

QoS Guaranteed

GRID offers guaranteed performance and predictable bandwidth per workflow, set up dynamically. Deterministic IP.

Scalable

Scale GRID from single studios and events to large scale and interconnected facilities, events and data centres (LAN and WAN).

Converged

Maximise cost efficiency with an IP network for all media and business workflows, connecting hardware, software, locally and in the cloud.

Autodiscovery

Plug and play simplicity, with autodiscovery, registration and connection management according to AMWA and device specifications.

MULTIVENDOR

GRID works with different and multiple network vendors – Arista, HP, Cisco – and has an open API that integrates with any broadcast control system.

REDUNDANCY

With GRID there is no need to duplicate your network. Set up fully redundant paths with automatic failover if links go down. 

 


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GRID live at IBC '17

At IBC 2017, SDNsquare demonstrated fast switching and salvo switching with a scaled-up installation using an IP matrix of 80 HD video sources.

Contact us to arrange a demo.


The complete SDNsquare portfolio

SOFTWARE

WARP: Software-defined storage CLUSTER network

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Our patented technology and software transforms traditional ethernet switches to have the characteristics of InfiniBand or Fibre Channel transfers. We can dynamically allocate guaranteed bandwidth per workflow or process running on the system. This clustered storage network is linearly scalable for processing power and storage throughput and capacity.

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GriD: IP network orchstration for media and more

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A software-defined network controller that allows you to set up IP data paths without packet loss, and with guaranteed performance and predictible bandwidth per workflow. GRID overcomes the challenges of bursty high-impact environments, such as file-based media production.

References: VRT live IP project Sandbox, IBC demo Axon/Arista Euromedia Group

SERVICES

Managed Services for media storage and datacentre infrastrucuture

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Storage and data centres are key for the processes of media companies. SDNsquare delivers managed services and monitoring to ensure your teams have always reliable infrastructure. We work typically as second and third line support behind the "big players".

References: VRT, RTBF, SBS, VIAA  

IBM spectrum scale for media
(GPFS)

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SDNsquare has significant expertise in IBM's GPFS technology, now known as Spectrum Scale. We have been involved in many projects, notably for media and medical use cases. We increase the performance, responsiveness and reliability.

References: VRT, RTBF, VIAA, TV4, Media City UK, Tom Tom, Sonuma, HPC KULeuven, HPC Ugent