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Cloud TV playout for disaster recovery


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Disaster recovery is a coordinated process of restoring systems, data and infrastructure, required to support key ongoing business operations. Cloud is a great way for managing the risk.

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Cloud TV playout for disaster recovery

  1. 1. Cloud TV playout for Disaster Recovery Gatis Gailis Chairman of the board, VESet ltd. 17-10-2012
  2. 2. Summary About VESet About Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery site in the cloud Summary
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. What the business wants?3 main interests:  Earn more money  Cut the expenses  Manage risks
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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?
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. How it works – normal operationTV Production Playout signal center Head end Cloud provider DR playlists Video files FTP Advertisements HLS Titling objects Playout server
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Cloud DR solution - transcoder Inputs: HLS Outputs: UDP/RTP, HLS, RTSP, Rescaling, resampling Deinterlacing Adaptive streams
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Thank you!