SDNsquare to Install GRID on United’s OB Vans
SDNsquare’s GRID represents a truly unique software-defined network controller designed specifically for the management of IP networks; it ensures smooth packet flow and thus reliable, high-level QoS, regardless of the workflow, network components, network architecture or scale of the operation. These elements are particularly key for United, whose reputation rests on the delivery of exceptional service, which itself requires the network to operate in a predictable, reliable and cost-efficient manner.
The IP-based nature of GRID is also key for United. The construction of United’s fleet will be modular in nature, centering around several ToR switches and calculating the capacity needed for different applications. The use of GRID will ensure that the hardware United deploys can be located wherever needed, in accordance with their ‘United Anywhere’ concept, in which United are able to offer fully decentralised, remote production and video editing anywhere in the world, no matter where the event recording takes place. Finally, thanks to the use of GRID United will remain vendor agnostic and therefore free to pick and choose the most suitable components for their installation (as well as providing a future-proof, scalable network management system that can accommodate any future upgrades).
CTO of United, Paul van den Heuvel, said: “We have already had success with the deployment of GRID in our RoC back in 2019. It provided a level of reliability and flexibility in our network operations, and as such it will be key to the success of our OB rollout, even when we’re producing from remote locations.”
Speaking for SDNsquare, CEO Henry Alexander stated: “We believe hugely in the benefits that IP can bring to the field of production and broadcast.” He continued: “But managing IP networks is a complicated undertaking; packet behavior is often complex, especially in convergent and scaled-up setups. We developed GRID in order to allow our customers to gain all of the benefits of IP, without fear of being impacted negatively by its complexities. We are pleased that United have found it so effective, and proud to be able to support their expansion in the field of remote production.”