Cloud TV playout for Disaster Recovery Gatis Gailis Chairman of the board, VESet ltd. 17-10-2012
Summary About VESet About Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery site in the cloud Summary
About VESet Founded in 2011 in Latvia Aim – to provide cloud based broadcasting solutions Team – TV and IT professionals Member of Latvian IT cluster Microsoft, Cinegy, Softlab-NSK partner
What the business wants?3 main interests: Earn more money Cut the expenses Manage risks
What is Disaster Recovery? Usual response – it is system recovery But which systems exactly? Recovered to where? What about people doing the recovery? Better definition: Disaster Recovery is a coordinated process of restoring systems, data and infrastructure, required to support key ongoing business operations.
Typical approaches to Disaster Recovery «We will just restore from backups» Where will the restore happen? Are your backups good? Are your backups offsite? How long it will take to get those backups to DR location? Will the equipement be compatible? What about remote access, network bandwidth, data security? What about business operations?
Disaster Recovery planning Create a DR team Identify Business Requirements Categorize your systems by criticality to business Define RTO (Recovery Time Objective) – when do the most crytical business operations have to be operational again Define RPO (Recovery Point Objective) – how many data can be lost from the point of failure Identify risks Fire? Natural disasters (eg. earthquake, flood)? Loss of infrastructure (network, power, facilities)? Hackers?
Disaster Recovery for a TV channel Crytical business operations TV channel broadcast Studio News Live shows Aquired content Advertisement contracts DR site is the only viable option If you have just the primary site and that burns down, then you are out of business
Disaster Recovery site Should contain Playout service Disaster recovery playlists Content ready to be aired according to playlist Titling objects Ability to input Live content from DR studio or field Remote access Available from anywhere Encrypted and secured
Disaster Recovery site in the cloud Consider having your DR site in the cloud Geographically diverse from Primary site Highly-available Broadband network in and out No long-term investment into infrastructure, no upkeep cost
How it works – normal operationTV Production Playout signal center Head end Cloud provider DR playlists Video files FTP Advertisements HLS Titling objects Playout server
How it works – disaster operationTV Production Playout signal center Head end Cloud provider DR playlists FTP DR studio HLS Live feeds Video files RDP management HLS Advertisements Titling objects PlayoutField reporters HLS Live feed server
Cloud DR solution – playout Playout Virtual SDI card for output multiplexing Inputs from transcoder Media files MPEG2 H.264 AVI, MXF OP1a, MPG, M2P, M2T etc. Builtin titling engine Schedule automation, playlists for each day
Cloud DR solution - titling Static pictures with alpha Animated logos with alpha Picture in picture Flash, html sources Running info line Clock Banners Weather information
Cloud playout server - distribution HLS – Apple HTTP Live Streaming protocol Multicast HTTP based, works over firewalls Cacheable Adaptive Has built-in buffering Supports SSL and DRM (Verymatrix, static keys) Supported by most Content Delivery Networks
Summary Business has to manage risks You need a DR plan Only real DR option – backup site Cloud is perfect for DR purposes Cloud based playout server with actual files and live capabilities could save your business