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Grass Valley Leverages the Power of Dell EMC Isilon Storage to Enhance Playout and News Production

MONTREAL, April 24, 2017 — In the broadcast industry, bandwidth is everything. Without the right storage solution, production processes can be slow and the viewing experience can be compromised. Grass Valley, a Belden Brand and leader in professional broadcast solutions, has relied on industry-leading Isilon storage solutions from Dell EMC for many of its products over the years, bringing the proven scalability and reliability of Isilon to bear in applications such as playout and news production.

"Broadcast operations are essentially mission critical, with each piece of equipment playing a key role in ensuring the smooth production and delivery of content," said Boromy Ung, vice president, News, Grass Valley. "We have worked closely with Dell EMC over the years to qualify interoperability of our products with their Isilon storage solutions, and that work continues today with some of the exciting new products that are available."

The Grass Valley iTX Platform is the world's most advanced content delivery solution for broadcast television and VOD, used by many of the largest broadcast brands globally, delivering over 20 million hours of media in the last year. Many of our customers employ a Dell EMC Isilon storage solution as the primary store for valuable broadcast media. The new Isilon All-Flash storage platform offers significant bandwidth and IOPS performance, which complements Grass Valley's iTX On-Demand solution. This enables broadcasters and content owners to deliver tailored VOD content to multiple platforms in advance of playout for pre-recorded shows, or to reduce the turnaround time of a live event from hours to just minutes after it finishes airing. Grass Valley's iTX is the first content delivery platform to support Isilon All-Flash and Grass Valley will be showing a demonstration of the setup at NAB.

"For broadcasters, speed and reliability are basic requirements in storage," said Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment, Dell EMC. "As a technology leader, we have always innovated to meet, and get ahead of, the latest trends and customer needs in every industry we serve, including media and entertainment. The flash technology employed in Isilon All-Flash offers new levels of performance that are particularly well suited to the demands of content creation and broadcast media."

In news production, many of the same requirements apply. News operations need high bandwidth and scalability, but also are often driven by overall cost of ownership. Grass Valley's GV STRATUS Video Production and Content Management System is a full set of production tools in one application that makes getting productions to air easier and faster than ever. GV STRATUS is now qualified for the Dell EMC Isilon X410 storage system, which means that users have peace of mind when choosing this combination for their operations, no matter the size or budget.

Dell EMC Isilon has also proven to be an ideal solution for real-time editing of content with Grass Valley's EDIUS Nonlinear Editing Software. With the speed and reliability of the Dell EMC Isilon storage solutions, EDIUS users can easily accommodate multiple formats and delivery methods to produce compelling content and get stories to air faster.

Grass Valley and Dell EMC will be demonstrating these solutions at NAB 2017.

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Grass Valley is a trusted partner completely focused on empowering customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. In this ever-changing media landscape, content remains the most important element. Many of our customers are faced with the need to create and support new workflows while continuing to operate their legacy workflows, simultaneously broadcasting through traditional channels, Over-The-Top platforms, and Video-On-Demand as well as to tablets, PCs, and mobile devices.

We provide the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. With Grass Valley's integrated solutions that enable flexibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, quality and scalability, broadcasters and content creators have what they need to sustain their businesses. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for nearly 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. For more information, visit www.belden.com.

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