EPFL Chooses Amplidata’s Himalaya for Innovative Media Storage Applications

The Swiss Technical Institute Uses a Himalaya-Based Three Petabyte Storage System to Deliver New User Experiences with Montreux Jazz Festival Footage

Milpitas, California – January 14, 2015 – Amplidata, the leader in object-based software defined storage, today announced that EPFL has purchased and installed a storage system based on Amplidata’s Himalaya software to meet the needs new applications that enrich the lives of music lovers around the world.

EPFL, one of Switzerland’s two elite schools for technology, is using its Himalaya-based object storage system to create and deliver innovative uses for the archive and live recordings from the Montreux Jazz Festival, hosted annually by the school’s Lake Geneva neighbor.

The new media delivery solutions developed by EPFL include a live streaming application. At the end of each festival day, the digitized music is added to the archive by moving the files into the data center via a 10Gb dedicated line. The new media delivery solutions developed by EPFL include a live streaming application for festival attendees to discover the archive on mobile platforms. Another application developed by the EPFL acoustic group creates sonic zones in a café where festival sessions can be heard at only one table without the use of headsets or sound barriers.

“EPFL is using a S3 REST interface that is extremely web-friendly and easy to integrate into creative projects using this vast pool of media,” said Michael Wall, Amplidata CEO. “Himalaya is the perfect system for the preservation of these landmark musical documents and the exploration of new, novel media applications.”
“We first turned to Amplidata when we recognized the need to preserve these recordings on something more available than tape,” said Alain Dufaux, operation & development director (Metamedia Center) for EPFL, “Now that we have Himalaya, we are stretching the boundaries of technology to deliver new ways to consume the media.”

“This wonderful music and Himalaya are the building blocks we use to create new paths from the archive to music fans, which is far preferable to these performances locked away on tape that way quickly reaching its shelf life,” added Igor Ristic, project coordinator for digitization and IT manager (Metamedia Center).

About Himalaya
With Himalaya, users get cloud-scale economics with the performance, security and flexibility required for on-prem data centers. Users can easily store and manage all of their data on-line, from petabytes to zettabytes, and easily access information that had traditionally been stored on hard-to-reach systems to improve operations and drive innovative usage models. Himalaya grows with user needs, adding speed and scale as individual nodes are added, without user disruption. Its patented technology dramatically reduces required capacity and operational overhead while delivering the data protection levels required for today and tomorrow’s rapidly growing unstructured big data environments. A full feature and specification list is available at http://www.amplidata.com/himalaya.

About the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It receives students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. With both a Swiss and international calling, it is guided by a constant wish to “open up.” Its missions of teaching, research and partnership impact various circles: universities and engineering schools, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and economy, political circles and the general public.

About Amplidata
Founded in 2008, Amplidata offers object-based software defined storage for enterprises, service providers and OEMs. Patented BitSpread®, BitDynamics®, and GeoSpread technologies allow organizations to deploy a storage solution that delivers enterprise cloud-scale economics with the performance, security and flexibility required for on-prem data centers including unbreakable durability at greater than 15 nines and non-disruptive zettabyte scalability. Named a “Cool Storage Company” in 2012, Amplidata is privately funded by Intel Capital*, Quantum*, Swisscom Ventures*, Endeavour Vision*, and Hummingbird Ventures*. The company’s US headquarters is in Milpitas, California with European headquarters in Lochristi, Belgium. Sales and support are worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.amplidata.com.

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