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SBA doubles up on archiving solution

SBA doubles up on archiving solution

SBA doubles up on archiving solution


Sharjah Broadcasting Authority (SBA) has doubled up on its disaster recovery setup with the purchase of a second NOA mediARC archive asset management system. The government organisation, which formerly operated as Sharjah Media Corporation, acquired its first mediARC in 2017 to digitise and manage its entire legacy video archive, comprising 140,000 hours of Betacam, DigiBeta, U-matic, One Inch, and MiniDV tapes.

A second mediARC system has been added as a back-up at a separate location, to ensure the preservation of SBA’s archive in the event of a disaster.

‘Our patrimony is simply too important to have it stored in only one location,’ said Aisha Alzaaref, director of broadcast IT at SBA. ‘That’s why we decided to apply this innovative approach to having it accessible as a complete replica with reliable availability. This is crucial for the long-term preservation of our archive.’

The new mediARC system is identical to the original, enabling SBA to duplicate all data, and access it even if the central archive is unavailable. The setup comprises multiple mediARC GUIs with several NOA applications, such as mediARC ProcessorHost, MediaButler, StorageConnector, DBScripter and FileManager.

SBA is reportedly the first organisation in the region to keep three copies of documents that are accessible at all times within the context of an Archive Asset Management system and stored across two separate locations.

‘This concept is quite unique for a legacy archive in the region,’ said Jean-Christophe Kummer, managing partner of NOA. ‘SBA will benefit from having a full duplication of its repertoire constantly available at two sites. The setup will also permit future born digital material to be collected in one central repository, which is duplicated in two sites.’

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