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Signiant update simplifies secure content exchanges

Signiant will be at IBC this year showing off new capabilities to its SDCX (Software-Defined Content Exchange) SaaS platform designed to simplify secure content exchange between companies. These capabilities will appear first in the company’s newest product, Signiant Jet, which makes it easy to automate and accelerate the transfer of large files between geographically dispersed locations.

Targeted at “lights-out” use cases, Jet meets the growing need to replace scripted FTP and legacy transfer tools with a faster, more reliable and more secure alternative. Jet was first introduced at the 2019 NAB Show. Jet is built on Signiant’s innovative SDCX SaaS platform, which also underpins the company’s widely deployed Media Shuttle solution that sends and shares large files around the world.

At IBC, Jet will include the new content exchange capabilities, offering a secure cloud handshake mechanism that simplifies intercompany transfers. The new functionality enables Jet customers to make storage endpoints private, discoverable to all or discoverable only to select partners in their supply chain. Via a secure web interface, companies can request a connection with a partner. Once both sides accept, specific jobs can be configured and mutually approved to allow for secure, automated transfers between the companies. Jet’s predictable pricing model makes it accessible to companies of all sizes and enables easy cost sharing for intercompany content exchange.

Signiant intros Jet SaaS solution for large, automated, fast file transfers

Signiant will be at NAB next month showing Jet, its new SaaS solution that makes it easy to automate and accelerate the transfer of large files between geographically dispersed locations. Targeted at simple “lights-out” use cases, Signiant Jet meets the growing need to replace scripted FTP with a faster, more reliable and more secure alternative.

Jet uses Signiant’s innovative SaaS platform, which also underpins the company’s Media Shuttle solution. Jet’s feature set and price point allow small- and mid-sized companies to easily automate system-to-system workflows, as well as recurring data exchange with partners.

Like all Signiant products, Jet uses a proprietary transport protocol that optimizes network performance for fast, reliable movement of large files under all network conditions. Coupled with enterprise-grade security and features tuned for media professionals, Signiant products are designed to enable the global flow of content, within and between companies, in a hybrid cloud world. The Signiant portfolio is now comprised of the following offerings:

• Manager+Agents – advanced enterprise software for complex networks and workflows
• Jet – SaaS solution for simple system-to-system automated file transfer
• Media Shuttle – SaaS solution that enables the sending and sharing of large files
• Flight – SaaS solution for transfers to and from AWS and/or Azure public cloud services

Media companies can deploy a single Signiant product to solve a specific problem or combine them for managing access to content that is located in various storage types worldwide. Signiant products interoperate with each other, as well as with third-party products in the media technology ecosystem.

DirectShare offers large, fast file transfers without using the cloud

Now available from Cloudtenna, a provider of rapid file transfer and collaboration solutions, is its lightweight DirectShare software, which is designed to send large, chunky files quickly. The company says it actually reduces the time it takes to execute transfers to remote offices and outside guests by 10x or more.

The solution uses DirectShare’s core Direct Collaboration File Share (DirectCFS) software layer to provide speed and security, making sure data is never copied or moved to the cloud. In an effort to drive adoption, Cloudtenna is offering a free trial of the DirectShare solution, so studios can test out the product.

“Early on, we recognized that innovation in file transfer technologies has stalled and that existing solutions such as FTP or online storage create needless layers of complexity, confusion and security risk,” explains Bryan Pham, co-founder and CTO of Cloudtenna.

LA-based Excel Beats, recording artist and producer has used DirectShare for transfers.

Let’s find out more from Pham.

Why would the post industry adopt this solution?
M&E professionals commonly shun “public” solutions that reside solely “in the cloud” due to security and data control concerns. They want to be able to touch, feel, and own the media on which their hard work resides, with no risk of their valuable intellectual property being compromised, or that of their contractors or collaborators.

How would a post house employ this?
Two ways: First, a post house would deploy DirectShare on the computer servers that are being used internally to store files. This instantly enables all of the files being worked on and finalized to be accessed, shared, and transferred outside the house.  Second, the post production house may be delivered a secure shared link from a studio they are in collaboration with. They will simply click the link, enter a password, and then be able to rapidly download completed work from other studios and creative workers.

How do you charge?
Cost is $30 per named user per month. For early adopters, there is no charge for deployment, installation or external users. Discounts are available based upon commitment and number of users.

Can you talk about security?

Because files are never uploaded or passed through cloud storage, there’s no risk of compromise due to inadequate security practice in the cloud. The production house’s existing security, industry and regulatory compliance, and retention policies stay in place, where they belong.