Amplidata and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Working Together to Significantly Accelerate Festival Archive Access
With Less Effort and Cost
Milpitas, CA and Lochristi, Belgium — July 18, 2013 — Amplidata, an innovator in software defined storage solutions for unstructured big data and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) partner of the Claude Nobs Foundation (Montreux Jazz Festival legacy) announced today that EPFL has doubled their AmpliStor® archive capacity to two Petabytes, and have dramatically improved their archive process by storing daily recordings of live performances using a prototype real-time acquisition system to capture uncompressed high definition (HD) video streams at a rate of 3TB per hour.
Organizations are looking for faster and more efficient ways to make their digital content available online to unlock significant value. Amplidata and EPFL are working together on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project with the Claude Nobs Foundation, curator of the archive to digitize, store, and provide access to more than 5000 hours of concerts recorded since the Festival’s inception back in 1967. Having gone through the successful but time consuming digitization of their tape library, EPFL wanted to dramatically accelerate the time-to-archive by eliminating the use of tape to store the performances before uploading to their AmpliStor archive. This innovation allows offering the latest content sooner and more cost effectively than before, an essential aspect for the upcoming Montreux Jazz café @EPFL.
“Data and content is the new oil,” said Mike Wall, CEO & Executive Chairman, Amplidata, “It has to be online and available for organizations to use it to grow revenue and improve operational efficiency. This project with EPFL is a great example of what can be accomplished with next generation storage solutions like AmpliStor.”
EPFL doubled their capacity to two Petabytes and placed the new one Petabyte system onsite during the festival to capture the live performances in real-time. The new one Petabyte AmpliStor storage system consists of 3 controllers and 30 AS36 storage nodes, and is connected to three Maldivica CIFS gateways via 10Ge, with three capture workstations receiving two uncompressed HD digital camera streams each. Total bandwidth required is 778 Megabytes per second. Data durability is significantly better than traditional RAID-based systems at fifteen 9s which means no copies or backups are needed keeping the onsite system compact for future transport back to the main EPFL archive location.
“We achieved the goal of making the Festival’s archives accessible significantly sooner with less effort and cost,” said Alexandre Delidais, director of operations and development for EPFL’s role in the project. “This partnership was very successful in that we now have a highly durable, scalable, and efficient platform that will serve us well for years to come.
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers the AmpliStor® software defined storage system for enterprise, private cloud, and hyperscale public cloud implementations. Its patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®,and GeoSpread® technologies offers unbreakable durability at greater than fifteen 9s, infinite scalability and extreme efficiency at half the cost of traditional systems. The Amplidata team consists of storage experts behind the success of DataCenter Technologies, Dedigate, and Q-layer. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital, Quantum, Swisscom Ventures, Endeavour Vision, and Hummingbird Ventures. Europe headquarters is in Lochristi, Belgium, with US headquarters in Milpitas, CA. Sales and support worldwide. www.amplidata.com.
EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Like its sister institution in Zurich, ETHZ, it has three core missions: training, research, and technology transfer. Associated with several specialized research institutes, the two Ecoles Polytechniques (Institutes of Technology) form the EPF domain, which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs. With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive scientific institutions. The school’s unique structure fosters trans-disciplinary research and promotes partnerships with other institutions. It continuously combines fundamental research and engineering. More information on the Montreux Jazz Digital Project at metamedia.epfl.ch
About Montreux Jazz Festival and Claude Nobs Foundation
Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince. Whereas Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm. The Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting for its two-week duration.
From the earliest years, “Funky Claude”, as he was nicknamed by Deep Purple, started recording all the concerts. Claude Nobs left us a documentary heritage of international significance for current and future generation. “It’s the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock,” is how Quincy Jones describes the Montreux Jazz Festival collection.
As of June 2013, it is the first audiovisual library to be included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The live recordings from 1967 to 2012 reveal the influence of great musicians on the evolution of Jazz, blues and rock, and reflect the history of various stylistic trends. The Claude Nobs Foundation, with a goal of preserving this compendium of 5000 hours of live recordings will give new life to these musical treasures. www.montreuxjazz.com
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