11 Mar 2021

Earth-i delivers geospatial intelligence at scale with big data storage by BASE Media Cloud

Advances in earth observation satellite technology, big-data analytics and cloud computing are combining to position Earth Observation data as a pivotal source of business and organisational intelligence.

A world leader in the field is Earth-i. The UK-headquartered company uses AI and satellite remote sensing data to provide unique insights in support of strategic decision-making for governments and organisations in the commodity markets, precision-agriculture, construction, and transportation industries.

Our Earth Observation specialists and geo-spatial analysts use high revisit multi-resolution data to provide near real-time transparency of global supply chains by identifying changes in features, objects, and activity anywhere on the Earth’s surface,” explains Gary Crowley, Head of Technology, Earth-i. “The data is multiformat including colour video, infra-red and radar from a range of sources including satellite, aerial and drone and varies in size, volume, and frequency. Data storage and processing are mission-critical to our daily operations.”

With its image analysis and AI workloads in high demand, Earth-i needed a storage and processing solution that could flex and scale with its business.

Our legacy storage solution, which was an on-premises NAS with a cloud back-up service, no longer fitted with the way we operate,” explains Crowley. “It was costing us time and money in maintenance, support and licensing. We needed to consolidate and migrate data from our existing solution to the cloud for cost, speed and security reasons.”

BASE Media Cloud provided the full solution design, build, testing, data migration and ingest setup. An initial 30 Terabytes of large-scale image data were migrated from a variety of on-premises storage and other cloud storage providers to BASE Media Cloud using custom syncing workflows.

This enabled Earth-i to mount its cloud storage with BASE Media Cloud to both local and cloud-based workstations and use it like a local shared storage device.

Crowley says, “BASE Media Cloud made it easy to find the solution that best suited our business and our use cases and were on hand to guide us through every step of the process. They assessed our requirements and came back to us with more than one option which we trialled before making our final decision.”

Instead of having multiple data silos and multiple sites of hardware, BASE Media Cloud manage everything for Earth-i as a cloud service. Data replication, redundancy, up-time and support is all provided through BASE, saving Earth-i the overhead in hardware, hosting, electricity and headcount for support.

The key benefit of our new storage and processing solution is transparency to our operational workflows enabling us to continue to access data through the same processes as before. In addition, it is much more cost effective than before with low storage costs and no maintenance required from our side.

He adds, “Earth-i has made a significant transition to the cloud in preparation for upscaling our processes as our business grows, as we’ll be ready to support the vastly increasing amounts of commercial data available from new satellite constellations that are being launched”.

 

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13 Oct 2020

Rapid cloud migration with integrated fast file sharing service help enable award-winning production company’s remote working strategy.

Taylor Made Media and BASE Media Cloud

When the UK went into lockdown, Taylor Made Media was forced to quickly move much of its data into cloud storage and shift workflows to enable teams to work remotely. Data security and round-the-clock technical support were critical, so it turned to BASE Media Cloud and IBM Cloud solutions (IBM Aspera).

Business Challenge Story

BASE Media Cloud was tasked with rapidly migrating 10 terabytes of creative assets from on-premise storage to a centralised storage platform. The new cloud storage needed to be up and running within 48 hours to ensure the smooth collaboration of creatives that were mandated to work remotely.

Transformation

BASE Media Cloud used IBM Aspera on Cloud and IBM Cloud Object Storage to provide a centralised storage hub for Taylor Made Media’s remote production workflows.

Results

Migrate

10TB of data to the cloud over 48 hours with access to files from anywhere in the world

Powers

Seamless collaborative workflows with clients and colleagues

Delivers

Peace of mind that valuable client content remains protected and secure

Business Challenge Story

Rapidly implement a remote working strategy

During ‘normal’ times, the award-winning media production company Taylor Made Media works from its creative hub in East London, collaborating closely with clients globally throughout the entire process. With strong and transparent client relationships, producers share content with colleagues and clients at each stage, requiring fast, efficient workflows and media delivery solutions.

When the UK went into lockdown due to the pandemic, production manager Ian McGinty approached innovative managed cloud services company BASE Media Cloud with the urgent need to deploy a solution for the company’s new remote working strategy. BASE Media Cloud provides integrated cloud storage and multi-cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to high-profile media brands like BBC, COPA90, Formula E, ITV and Objective Media Group. As an IBM Aspera partner, BASE Media Cloud uses Aspera on Cloud and IBM Cloud Object Storage to increase efficiencies in media distribution solutions.

As staff were forced to work remotely, Taylor Made Media needed to quickly shift from its on-premise storage and manual media workflow. To maintain the efficiency of media exchange with clients and colleagues, it had to immediately migrate all media assets to a cloud storage solution, almost overnight. Restricted access to data centres during the first weekend of lockdown posed significant data migration challenges.

“When we needed to implement a remote post-production workflow at short notice, we reached out to BASE who got us set up immediately. As soon as everything was online, we were given a tutorial on how to navigate and operate the system which gave us a clear insight into how we would use the service.” Ian McGinty, Head of Production, Taylor Made Media.

With several projects in progress and both staff and freelancers based at home with no access to its on-premise storage in London, the company needed a quick turnaround solution with minimum disruption to familiar workflows and processes. It was imperative that assets like rushes, and editing, music and animation files be migrated efficiently and made accessible to all stakeholders through cloud storage. With each asset containing valuable client content, factors such as data security, resiliency and redundancy were all key considerations in finding a solution that would provide instant access backup, archive and file sharing capabilities.

To ensure this fast and seamless transition to cloud-based storage and remote working, Taylor Made Media needed a solution with minimal training requirements and continuous technical support for creatives working around the clock. With the time-sensitive nature of the situation, the team wanted a personalised service from a partner that understands its business and technical requirements. It was also important that the solution be modular to enable the company to future proof its production workflows and facilitate adjacent services such as media asset management and transcoding for the potential creation of a virtual studio in future.

Transformation Story

Moving 10TB of data in a single weekend

Based on its long-standing relationship with BASE Media Cloud and previous discussions about virtualising its storage, Taylor Made Media was confident that the company offered the expertise and support needed to migrate its storage and data workflows. Understanding the project’s urgent requirement—migrating 10 terabytes of data over a single weekend— BASE Media Cloud used IBM Aspera on Cloud and IBM Object Storage alongside its migration and support services for the large data migration.

The decision was made on a Friday and Taylor Made Media’s employees were working seamlessly by the following Monday, accessing rushes and project materials quickly and remotely via their standard home IP connections. Due to IP connectivity restrictions at the company’s London production facility, the hard drive was transferred directly to the UK-based data centre, using IBM Aspera on Cloud to migrate the assets from there to IBM Cloud Object Storage.

The foundation of the solution is built on the IBM Aspera on Cloud file transfer service, while the underlying IBM Cloud Object Storage with built-in erasure coding provides Taylor Made Media with increased security, resiliency and redundancy. The combined BASE Media Cloud–IBM Aspera on Cloud service runs as a managed service inside IBM Cloud data centres in the UK, directly connected to the IBM Cloud Object Storage platform.

Results Story

Seamless collaboration and future-proof workflows

BASE Media Cloud was able to deliver a solution that has centralised Taylor Made Media’s storage in the cloud using IBM Aspera on Cloud and IBM Cloud Object Storage, while ensuring remote creatives can access valuable media assets and collaborate seamlessly. Taylor Made Media’s new remote working strategy has enhanced its workflows and created a more dynamic way of working, whether from the studio in London or home offices.

The integration of Aspera on Cloud with IBM Cloud Object Storage has enabled Taylor Made Media to maintain its efficiency in delivering creative support to clients. Alongside BASE Media Cloud’s technical and migration support, it guarantees efficient workflows and future proofs Taylor Made Media’s operations at an uncertain time.

“Within a couple days of first contacting BASE we were completely set up for remote working and our team of editors and freelancers were happily sharing footage and collaborating on multiple projects.  It has made our transition from entirely office based to entirely remote based working pretty much seamless, allowing us to pick up from our homes on the Monday almost exactly where we had left off in the office on the Friday” comments McGinty.

Benefits:

  • Centralised processes: the solution provides a single storage hub for creatives to access files.
  • High performance: provides fast and secure movement of valuable assets via the cloud using home IP connections.
  • Flexibility: enables staff to productively work from the safety and comfort of their homes.
  • Future proofed: potential to add more storage space and create a fully virtualised studio.

About Taylor Made Media and BASE Media Cloud

Founded in 2010, London-based multi-award-winning media production company Taylor Made Media has produced numerous films for some of the world’s leading brands, including Accenture, Barclays, Liberty Global and American Express. Its team of creatives is known for creating films that influence audiences and add value to clients’ brand messaging. From concept to creative, the team’s brand and broadcast experience ensures the delivery of high-value brand content.

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13 Oct 2020

Broadcast Podcast: Adobe, BBC Global News and Base Media Cloud

How to plan, design and roll out multiple virtualised Adobe workstations in the cloud.

BBC Global News Limited has worked with Base Media Cloud to transition Adobe workstations from office to cloud-based, using virtualised editing machines.

The aim was to enable five news editors to work from any location, but it now has 11 users working remotely, synchronising content between home and office over the cloud.

The work began pre-pandemic, with Covid-19 lockdown meaning it went from proof of concept to full rollout over the space of a single weekend.

Daniel New, operations manager, BBC Global News; Byron Wijayawardena, strategic development manager, UK and Ireland, Adobe; and Ben Foakes, founder, Base Media Cloud join Broadcast Tech editor Jake Bickerton to talk about the project. They also look at the future of hardware and software, and discuss whether the majority of manufacturers should be looking to move to a SaaS model.

To watch the podcast click here.

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16 Sep 2020

Webinar: Bringing the cloud to your desktop. Managed multi-cloud solutions enabling 100% remote work.

If you work with digital media files and are trying to find solutions for seamless remote working, you won’t want to miss this webinar. Quick access to media in the cloud is now a prerequisite, regardless of your Internet connection speed. Discover how BASE Media Cloud & LucidLink offer a new cloud-based shared storage service that enables creatives to access, edit, create, and collaborate on digital media assets, pre-integrated with tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro and iconik, from anywhere.  With 100% cloud-based shared storage, hardware storage devices can finally become a thing of the past!

With post-production teams working remotely and struggling with download times and lack of in-person collaboration, this is one webinar that you won’t want to miss.

Learn how teams can edit in place, from the cloud, like a local drive.

  • No downloading
  • No syncing
  • No file transfers
  • No more waiting

Webinar Speakers:

Peter Thompson, CEO, and co-founder of LucidLink

Ben Foakes, Managing Director of BASE Media Cloud

Michael Clayton, Business Development Executive at BASE Media Cloud

Jonathan Wray, Technical Projects Manager at BASE Media Cloud

 

To find out more get in touch with us.

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11 Sep 2020

Broadcast Podcast: Producing in the cloud with Little Dot Studios

This episode of Broadcast Tech Talks is with Greg Rochford, IT manager at Little Dot Studios and Michael Clayton, sales account executive at BASE Media Cloud.

They talk with Broadcast Tech editor Jake Bickerton about how they worked together to transition Little Dot Studios to the cloud. It’s a journey that began five years ago, and has paid dividends during lockdown with everyone able to seamlessly work and access all production assets from any location.

Little Dot has 1.4PB of data (and counting) in the cloud on accelerated secure cloud storage. An Iconik smart media management platform plugs into this cloud storage, and when new content is added it’s automatically scanned, transcoded and made into proxies, ready for editors to work on.

The setup is discussed during this podcast, as well as why Little Dot Studios still needs a big London office despite the cloud enabling all its staff to work remotely.

To watch the podcast click here.

 

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18 Jun 2020

Facilitating Digital Content Production in the Age of COVID-19

Increased demand in a time of remote working.

As people around the world spend more time in their homes to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the amount of digital content they consume has skyrocketed. For my company, BASE Media Cloud, that has led to a significantly increased reliance on our platform to help media companies work remotely. Since 2015, we have provided media companies with centralised cloud storage integrated with media software tools online and on-demand—a business model that has special appeal now that many people must collaborate online.

Supporting remote work

When lockdowns began in the UK, some of our customers had very little time to shift from working together in a common space with high-speed internet access to working remotely with varying levels of technology and connectivity. Suddenly, they were using our platform at record levels.

Fortunately, BASE Media Cloud’s multicloud platform is supported by IBM Cloud Services. Our solutions leverage IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers on the IBM public cloud, as well as Aspera and IBM Cloud Object Storage. This provides our customers with reliable access to their important files and the ability to transfer files quickly for various editing and production tasks.

How our customers are coping

One of our long-standing customers, Little Dot Studios (LDS), creates content for social media networks. When stay-at-home orders were issued, Little Dot had 48 hours to set up more than 80 employees to work from home. Fortunately, LDS had been working in partnership with us toward a cloud-first infrastructure, and they were able to implement it quickly. Our IBM Cloud solution managed the surge in activity flawlessly.

Another of our UK customers is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which began preparing for the pandemic in advance, as soon as it became international news, which meant that we helped them move much of their editorial work to the cloud before the lockdown began. The first phase of the project was to quickly set up all systems in the cloud and back up the project data that was required immediately. We got them ready for remote access over a weekend. Today, BBC are using BASE Media Cloud for key parts of their essential news editorial work, incorporating backup storage, file sharing, and remote editing with BeBop.

A third example of how BASE Media Cloud is helping customers prosper during this difficult time comes directly from Taylor Made Media:

“When we needed to implement a remote post-production workflow at short notice, we reached out to Ben at BASE, who got us set up immediately. Because we had a large amount of material to transfer in a very short space of time, the team at BASE arranged for a drive to be sent out to us to make the initial upload process as quick as possible. As soon as everything was online, we were given a tutorial on how to navigate and operate the system, which gave us a clear insight into how we would use the service. Within a couple days of first contacting BASE, we were completely set up for remote working and our team of editors and freelancers were happily sharing footage and collaborating on multiple projects. It has made our transition from entirely office-based to entirely remote-based working pretty much seamless, allowing us to pick up from our homes on the Monday almost exactly where we had left off in the office on the Friday.”

 

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