Jasco partners with Front Porch Digital to bring world class media solutions to Africa
Jasco Broadcast Solutions, a division of Jasco Carrier Networks, recently concluded a partnership agreement to represent world-renowned Front Porch Digital product offerings as a reseller in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, including Southern and Eastern Africa; as well as Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in content storage management (CSM) as well as in migration and preservation of videotape to digital files. The company delivers end-to-end solutions for cost-effectively digitising, accessing, and preserving media and accelerating the migration of videotape to optimised and secure digital storage. Negotiations for this agreement began in March 2011 and were concluded in August, enabling Jasco to become a reseller of Front Porch Digital’s products in the region.
“Jasco Broadcast Solutions represents products to address the entire range of broadcasting needs for the production, post production and broadcaster market, from capture to production and through to transmission. Front Porch Digital is well respected internationally with a reputation for quality, high-end solutions. Their offering fills a gap in our portfolio as it fits in well with our existing products and enables us to add digital archiving and storage, along with other management and migration solutions to our product offering,” says Steve Lauter, Sales Manager, Jasco Broadcast Solutions.
The Front Porch Digital range consists of DIVASolutions, three product categories that can be integrated to migrate, manage, and market media content securely and efficiently. DIVASolutions SAMMA products are the first of their kind to automate digitisation of videotape, moving content into secure, accessible, and searchable digital storage. DIVArchive and DIVAdirector are trusted solutions for scalable and reliable CSM that enable digital file-based workflows to operate seamlessly across multiple sites.
Award-winning DIVApublish is a unique, cloud-based service that combines automated creation of frame-level metadata with online distribution.
“While the traditional boundaries between broadcasting and IT have blurred over the years, the broadcast market still maintains some very specific needs. Our solutions have been built from scratch to meet the needs of this market, are highly scalable and designed specifically for distributed architectures,” says Bertrand Farabet, Solution Architect, Front Porch Digital.
“By partnering with Jasco Broadcast Solutions, who are well known in the market in the African region, we are now able to increase our footprint and access new markets that we have had limited success within the past. Having a local presence in the market is vital to reach our target customers, and the team at Jasco is skilled with sound knowledge of the industry and the specific products and systems used in this market. We will also now be able to offer Level 1 support in the region to provide better customer service,” he adds.
For Jasco’s customers, this partnership adds another option to the company’s bouquet of solutions and enables the Group to expand its offering into the broadcast specific archiving space with a solution from an internationally respected company with a solid brand reputation. The Jasco Broadcast Solutions team has received high level sales and technical training on the entire Front Porch Digital suite and members of the team will be sent to Front Porch Digital headquarters in France in November this year for further training.
“Leveraging the powerful synergies within the Jasco Group as a whole, we will also be able to extend this product offering to include hosted and cloud services through our co-location data centre facility. We aim to become a point of presence for Front Porch Digital’s recently announced cloud services offering, and we are looking forward to the opportunities this brings to the Jasco Group,” Lauter concludes.
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