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Rohde & Schwarz: From Heavy
Iron to Software Clouds
Erik Balladares, VP Broadcast & Media at Rohde & Schwarz expands
on the true value of a flexible software platform approach...

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ithout doubt, Rohde & Schwarz
has missed attending IBC this
year. It is a high-water mark of our
year: an opportunity to meet face-toface with many of our most important
customers and demonstrate what is
new and exciting in our company.
For a number of years, Rohde &
Schwarz has been going through an
evolutionary transition. For many
decades, we have been known as a
leader in the provision of 'heavy iron'
hardware solutions, but for more than
10 years we have been acquiring and
developing software platform products
that span many core broadcast
applications from studio production,
monitoring and multiviewer systems
and media storage.
More than a decade in development,
our
PRISMON
monitoring
and
multiviewer system illustrates the
breadth of our application capabilities.
It is available as a hardware-based onpremise installation, a software-only
product and now as a cloud-based
product too.
If we had been in Amsterdam last
month, we could have showcased
the elegant machine learning (ML)
capabilities that have been integrated
within PRISMON. These enable live
quality monitoring, analysing quality
levels throughout the value chain of
our customers' production platforms.
Another showcase would have
focussed
on
our
SpycerNode
media storage system. We would
demonstrate how we are developing

R&S VENICE

PRISMON Multiviewers

our virtual storage access (VSA)
capabilities, which employ a webbased intuitive user interface. The
development of VSA is driven by the
market - it enables full redundancy.
VSA delivers a true 'Zero' downtime
performance for all R&S Broadcast
solutions and 3rd party products as
well.
Coming out of COVID, we see many
more customer requests to increase
storage and particularly to leverage
storage through the cloud.
Customer Projects Illustrate
R&S Market Leadership
The big tradeshows are traditionally
where we announce major customer
successes and 2020 would have been
no different.

VENICE Video Server Success:
VENICE is Rohde & Schwarz's video
server product, designed for studio
workflows. Since the start of the
year, in North America we have sold
VENICE to the top three broadcasters.
In total, we have sold over 500
channels of VENICE into these three
key customers, and we have similar
success stories across the globe. This
illustrates the elegance of our VENICE
server solution.
R&S CLIPSTER & SpycerNode:
Another key customer success
is London-based Motion Picture
Solutions
(MPS),
a
leading
international film services facility. MPS
is a major user of our mastering and
distribution platform, R&S CLIPSTER.
Now, to support this mission critical
investment, the company has recently
invested in our new media storage
system, SpycerNode.
As a film mastering and distribution
house, MPS offers unparalleled
expertise in Digital Cinema Package
(DCP) creation for Hollywood studios,
but its services reach far wider,

encompassing many independent
movies. In an average month MPS will
work on at least three major features.
For a global release, it can create DCPs
for up to 35 different territories all of
which MPS handles on its eight Clipster
mastering workstations.
Now, to support this large Clipster
network, MPS has invested in two 5U84
SpycerNode storage systems from
Rohde & Schwarz. The two systems are
configured in a synchronous cluster
spread over two locations. One part
of the cluster is in MPS' Mission Hall
site in Olympia, London, and the other
in a data centre 11km away. They are
connected by two diverse dark fibres
running 100 gigabit Ethernet over
CWDM optical multiplexing. The data
is immediately copied to another
location, giving instant backup.
One key feature of SpycerNode is its
integration of IBM's Spectrum Scale
technology, formerly known as General
Purpose File Systems (GPFS). Eric
D'Souza, Head of Technology at MPS,
sees this being key to the performance
that SpycerNode offers his operations.
"Spectrum Scale is more advanced
than the previous SAN file systems
and uses 100gigabit Ethernet as the
interconnection," he explains. "Unlike
layer 2 fibre channel, 100 gigabit
Ethernet allows redundant layer 3
network topologies to be extended
over metropolitan distances. It is also
much faster and more affordable.
Networking and storage now share a
common advanced topology."
These
advanced
workflows
require
similarly
state-of-theart storage facilities and it was a
straightforward decision for MPS to
invest in SpycerNode when it became
commercially available. "SpycerNode
provides a single large fast namespace
for all systems working on a project,"
explains Eric D'Souza. "Data does
not need to be moved during the
workflow - this improves efficiency
and profitability throughout our
operations."
PRISMON Multiviewer at SRF:
A third major project involves
the integration of our PRISMON
multiviewer system at Swiss national


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