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EMC rolls out archive for Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information

EMC archive deployment will managed 270,000 video tapes and 500,000 audio tapes on Saudi history and culture

The solution will protect assets and grow with the Ministry's demands says Mahakian.
The solution will protect assets and grow with the Ministry's demands says Mahakian.

The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI) has deployed a new archiving solution from EMC that will help it to better manage its archive of video and audio on the Kingdom.

The archive solution will enable the MOCI to protect of 700TB of content, and to provide more easily for broadcasting services. 270,000 video and 500,000 audio tapes on the history and culture of Saudi Arabia, collected over 50 years, will be stored on the system.

The system is based on an EMC CLARiiON networked storage system, an EMC Celerra unified storage system, and EMC Connectrix switches and directors, managing both new and historical data over two sites.

Dr Riyadh Najm, Deputy Minister for Engineering Affairs, MOCI commented: “The protection of the Kingdom’s media heritage comes as a top priority for the Ministry. Availability and accessibility and ease of access to media assets are crucial factors in the broadcast industry to ensure effectiveness and maximum quality of broadcast services. By deploying EMC’s solution at two main sites, we will be able to digitize our Media Assets, to easily duplicate it thus protecting our rich heritage and ensuring constant, redundant and automated availability of information whilst reducing operational and maintenance costs.

“We wanted to protect our media assets from loss due to natural disasters or wear and tear of tapes, to repurpose our media assets throughout the broadcast content lifecycle and to enhance our broadcast services through automated, continuous and faster access to information. We chose EMC’s solutions as they met the high and demanding requirements that we have for continuous, reliable availability and disaster recovery,” he added.

Habib Mahakian, Telco, Media & Entertainment Director, Middle East & North West Africa, EMC explained: “Fast and ongoing accessibility of information is critical in the complex world of broadcast where data is constantly growing at an exponential rate. The Ministry required a scalable and comprehensive solution to manage and protect their digital information assets. What we have deployed for the MOCI is a high-quality networked storage solution that will provide the Ministry with the flexibility to grow with the growth of their information. We are really proud to work with the Ministry and be part of this major transformation of the Saudi TV & Radio.”