CNN’s Affiliate N1 Dnevnik Chooses XenData

XenData, the global provider of digital video archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, today announced it was chosen by N1 Dnevnik, an exclusive CNN affiliate for Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb for 24-news, to manage a Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) library. N1 Dnevnik focuses on news gathering and broadcast across three offices, creating a unique situation, which is why N1 needed the highest professional standards for their equipment and archiving solution.

“Speed of access was vital,” says Chief Technical Director at N1, Igor Jovic. “Our production teams are revisiting older news recordings from the deep archive for a lot of material to supplement bulletins on a daily basis. Restoring material from the PetaSite Optical Disc Archive [integrated with XenData middleware] is not only reliable, but it is fast, especially for the small size video files which we tend to produce.”

The optical disc archive consists of a Sony PetaSite library, model ODS-L30M plus an expansion module, which currently provides a 136TB capacity but may be scaled to more than 800TB. The Sony cartridges provide an extremely stable recording medium with a 50-year archive lifetime. The archive library is managed by a XenData SX-520 Series archive server, which presents the entire contents of the library as one large file system. This means that the archive interface looks like a giant disk based system with a standard file-folder structure. Files are written to and restored from the archive by an IBIS iFind media asset management system that interfaces with the XenData archive server.

Some major benefits of the Sony Optical Disc library managed by XenData, include: The Optical Disc Archive can carry thousands of small files as well as full programs, and gives production teams the ability to search, access and retrieve particular content from the archive efficiently. Journalists and producers can access files from any workstation – from the deep archive or central storage – and retrieve them for editing and go straight to air. Producers no longer need to wait several days waiting for the restoration of archived news material, making for a much more efficient system.

Phil Storey, XenData CEO stated, “N1 is now equipped with a future-proofed, scalable archive solution to retrieve media at any time for future use.”

About XenData

XenData is a global provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry – with typical customers being TV stations, video production companies, post-production organizations and the media departments of large corporations and government organizations. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective LTO workstation archives to multiple petabyte server systems. XenData archive servers have a network attached storage (NAS) architecture and are compatible with a broad range of third party media applications. They can be accessed via a standard file-folder structure or by using an API, providing the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. With over 600 digital video archive servers managing robotic LTO and ODA libraries installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest media companies. For more information visit:

About Sony

Sony is the leading supplier of AV/IT solutions to businesses across a wide variety of sectors including, Media and Broadcast, Video Security and Retail, Transport & Large Venue markets. It delivers products, systems and applications to enable the creation, manipulation and distribution of digital audio-visual content that add value to businesses and their customers. With over 25 years’ experience in delivering innovative market-leading products, Sony is ideally placed to deliver exceptional quality and value to its customers. Sony’s Professional Services division, its systems integration arm, offers its customers access to the expertise and local knowledge of skilled professionals across Europe. Collaborating with a network of established technology partners, Sony delivers end-to-end solutions that address the customer’s needs, integrating software and systems to achieve each organization’s individual business goals. For more information please visit

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