SGL and EVS Announce Technology Partnership


Software Generation Ltd (SGL), a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a technology partnership with EVS, a leading provider of broadcast and media production systems for sports, news, entertainment and media.

The partnership will see SGL FlashNet integrated with IPDirector, EVS’ suite of video production management applications. This will enable broadcasters and production companies to transfer media seamlessly from EVS live production servers to the SGL FlashNet archive library through EVS’ IP2Archive module in IPDirector. The SGL FlashNet archive provides high availability for any combination of disk and tape storage. With the addition of LTO technology the storage capabilities for EVS servers can be expanded almost infinitely.

FlashNet’s unique clustered architecture wraps a software management layer around the physical storage allowing a mix of storage platforms as well as providing a technology-proof buffer between the EVS environment and the archive storage. Storage types (disk or tape) can be added and capacity increased without affecting the associated workflows.


In this instance SGL FlashNet can be added to the EVS environment to provide offline storage of content. The process of archiving and retrieving material to and from SGL FlashNet is handled by IPDirector’s IP2Archive module, a digital archive management tool that provides an integrated workflow between production and archive systems. This enables a seamless workflow between the two products.

Nicolas Bourdon, Senior Vice President Marketing, EVS says, “In the world of fast-paced sports production the power of EVS servers and the accessibility of XStore storage is second to none. As the catalogue of content grows over time, simply adding more disk storage isn’t ideal for longer-term offline storage. By integrating IPDirector and SGL FlashNet we’ve provided a seamless way for broadcasters to archive their production content.”


Bernie Walsh, Worldwide Sales & Joint Managing Director adds, “We’re delighted to be working with EVS to provide a long-term storage solution that improves workflow procedures for customers. SGL provides significant improvement to workflow efficiency with seamless interoperability between departments and co-development and testing with major industry vendors like EVS.”

Software Generation, Ltd is a privately held archive management software company headquartered in Fareham, England. SGL has been in business since 1989 and its flagship FlashNet product is installed in over 4,500 customer sites around the world.


EVS provides its customers with reliable and innovative technology to enable the production of live, enriched video programming, allowing them to work more efficiently and boost their revenue streams. Its industry-leading broadcast and media production systems are used by broadcasters, production companies, post-production facilities, film studios, content owners and archive libraries around the globe. It spans four key markets – Sports, Entertainment, News and Media.
Founded in 1994, its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting. Its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions, based around its market-leading XT server range, are now widely used to deliver live productions worldwide. Today, it continues to develop practical innovations, such as its C-Cast second-screen delivery platform, to help customers maximise the value of their media content.
The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North and Latin America. Approximately 475 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally.