Disaster recovery planning discussed as SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

October 28, 2013 - 6:36pm
Disaster recovery, especially during times of environmental distress, is a critical part of video broadcast system functionality.

This time last year, broadcasters and network operators were among the many sectors dealing with fallout from Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on infrastructure and systems throughout the East Coast. At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013, disaster recovery planning was a prime discussion topic as industry leaders related how their companies dealt with the storm effects and reinforced the importance of proactive planning to avoid long-term outages and system destruction.

SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban was the first to touch on the need for disaster recovery planning, focusing on the topic during his keynote address that marked the beginning of this year's expo, CED Magazine reported. Along with energy efficiency, Dzuban said, disaster recovery planning is absolutely critical to the cable industry. This is especially true as video broadcast systems include more moving parts and are increasingly responsible for delivering Internet content as well as broadcast programming. In his own keynote speech, Time Warner Cable chief security officer Brian Allen related his company's challenges in Sandy's aftermath, describing the split-second responses demanded of his team as they repaired damaged equipment.

There are several hardware solutions essential to a disaster recovery system that maintains operations in the event of an unplanned situation. Transport stream servers are needed for their signal failure backup capacity and their ease of support for integrating both live and custom programming. They can be used to help keep systems functional while operators weather unforeseen storms.

Sencore provides reliable, cost-effective solutions for signal transmission and content delivery. Our transport stream servers enable broadcasters to control content bitrates for better bandwidth management and provide full system redundancy through two input sources, ensuring steadfast high-quality video delivery to devices in any environment. Contact us today to learn more.

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