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German Broadcaster Counts on NetApp for Multidecade Content Repository

When millions of viewers in Germany tune in to ProSiebenSat.1, either through TV or the internet, they want to watch their favorite TV shows on demand or live-streamed over the internet. The company invests more than 1 billion euros annually in 120,000 hours of programming.

To keep up with this growing demand for content and the data behind it, business executives at ProSiebenSat.1 were literally breaking down walls in the company’s data center to create more room for their legacy digital tape archives.

The other vendors just sent us someone from the sales department. Only after the fourth or fifth meeting we were able to speak to someone from the technical team, who was able to answer some of our questions. NetApp was the only vendor who sent out an engineer who could actually explain how everything worked together and met our particular needs.

Fabian Mueller Solution Architect, ProSiebenSat.1

By moving to a private cloud storage model, the company migrated its entire 12PB archive into a much smaller footprint on a unified content platform. The files that must be moved between broadcast channels and business partner outlets run at about 68GB for a 150-minute movie.

The transition to private cloud storage also enabled native data replication to a second site, increasing the resilience of the media repository and improving the business continuity profile of the overall enterprise. The transition opened a pathway to faster application development for the processing and distribution of content data across the ProSiebenSat.1-owned networks and business partner delivery outlets.

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