Pascal Isenschmid and David Kniesel (right) from Jordi
Pascal Isenschmid and David Kniesel (right) from Jordi

German broadcaster SWR starts massive digital archive migration

German public service broadcaster Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) solved a massive tape archive digitisation challenge by using the ADAM solution from the Swiss-based archiving specialist Jordi AG which includes encoding and storage products from Rohde & Schwarz.

SWR’s archiving challenge is massive: the broadcaster needs to archive over 40,000 tape hours of content each year. To alleviate growing tape deterioration issues, the broadcaster chose to digitise its entire tape-based archives.

The new migration system combined Jordi’s automated digital migration system, ADAM, with Rohde & Schwarz’s Venice video servers and R&S SpycerBox modular storage system running IBM Spectrum Scale.

How it works

ADAM is a fully automated, self-monitoring archive migration system that orchestrates all the workflow steps from tape insertion to content migration. Venice video servers encode all of the content into the final archive format and then R&S SpycerBox Cell and Ultra TL storage units are employed to perform all data buffering and transfer operations to SWR’s archive administration system.

The turnkey system is proving to be an ultra fast and totally reliable solution – more than 40 times faster than previous manual workflows. The system can also run for 72 hours in lights out mode, meaning that it can operate unattended throughout an entire weekend.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. 4th October 2017.