Aspera is taking a leap forward in enabling the global, file-based workflows that will power tomorrow’s entertainment supply chain with the introduction of the next generation of its core transport platform: fasp 3™.

The most universal and open core transport technology available today, fasp 3 extends the performance and flexibility of the Aspera software environment to support all high-speed data transfer and automation scenarios in media and entertainment and all industries that rely on the exchange, processing, storage and distribution of large data. 

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fasp 3 — UNIVERSAL CORE TRANSFER SOFTWARE

With the release of fasp 3, Aspera is bringing to market a truly universal content transport platform supporting all data, infrastructure and storage types, regardless of location, with maximum speed and a comprehensive offering for all transport paradigms and deployment models.

INFRASTRUCTURE AGNOSTIC (ON-PREMISE, CLOUD & HYBRID)

fasp 3 products are all intrinsically enabled for cloud object storage such as Amazon Web Services S3 and now Microsoft Windows Azure. fasp 3 enables line speed and secure ingest of and access to large volumes of file-based content regardless of storage type or location (block, object, on-premise, in the cloud, hybrid or embedded) and independent of network type or conditions. See the fasp 3 versions of Enterprise Server, Connect Server, Point-to-Point and Client software throughout our demonstrations at IBC.

FILE SIZE INDEPENDENT

fasp 3 delivers maximum throughput performance regardless of the format, number or size of the files that are being transferred. Whether you need to move very large sets of small files under 1 MB or a single multi-TB file, fasp 3 software will yield maximum speed and optimally utilize available network bandwidth. What's more, fasp 3 has been further optimized to support maximum I/O throughput on the wide diversity of clustered, object and media storage platforms available today.

ALL PARADIGMS AND DEPLOYMENT MODELS

Whether you need to transfer, replicate or synchronize your data, Aspera solutions based on fasp 3 can be deployed in all types of scenarios: one-to-one, hub and spoke, unidirectional and multi-directional. See Aspera Sync 2.0 at IBC, the latest high-speed synchronization application based on fasp 3 technology for continuous replication and one-time migration of large and ever growing media file repositories.


FASP 3 — COMPLETE SOLUTION

No matter the use case and regardless of the type of device involved, fasp 3 solutions deliver the highest level of transfer performance in a comprehensive, flexible and open software environment. 

COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS FOR FAST, AD HOC, FILE EXCHANGE

With the release of faspex 3.0 and Shares 1.0, Aspera provides a complete set of Web applications and client and mobile apps supporting fast and secure ad hoc file exchange for media and metadata — site-to-site, person-to-person, ingest, sharing, distribution, exchange, and collaboration. File storage can be in the cloud or on-premise, with seamless and secure access and publishing regardless of location. Virtually all device types are supported: server, desktop, mobile, email, and browser with easy to use, lightweight client applications including Aspera ConnectCargoMS Outlook Add-in and clients for iOS and Android. Integrated support for self-registration, public drop boxes, email invitations as well as massive user directories allow for managing ever-changing third party and enterprise user populations.

OPEN, CUSTOMIZABLE, AUTOMATABLE FOR END-TO-END WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT

fasp 3 offers multiple options to create, integrate, manage and automate complex file-based workflows — from simple transfer monitoring and single file operations, to sophisticated process orchestration and management.  Unveiled at IBC2012, Orchestrator 2.0, Aspera’s comprehensive workflow automation platform now includes a complete set of off-the-shelf plug-ins for media file format validation (DPP and AS11 standards), full integration with Avid Interplay Delivery, and leading media transformation tools to accelerate initial deployments and easily update, evolve, and migrate workflows as requirements and conditions change.

ENABLING TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY FOR THIRD-PARTY SOLUTIONS

See also the expanded Aspera Developer Network and fasp 3 SDK, a comprehensive, best-in-class transport and distribution software development kit with modern API interfaces on every product, enabling open integration, automation and management.  With growing demand for superior transport, Aspera has dramatically expanded its support for its developer community and partner companies integrating the fasp platform. With new APIs, a world-class developer website and an expanded team of dedicated in-house experts, Aspera is poised to better serve the hundreds of solutions that integrate Aspera as their core transport and delivery mechanism.

 

NEW MEDIa solutions INTRODUCED AT IBC2012

Aspera’s complete portfolio of software products and technologies is being applied to bring secure, maximum speed transport of digital content and file-based workflow automation to supply chains throughout the broadcast and media industries. New solutions and capabilities include:

ASPERA ON DEMAND FOR MICROSOFT AZURE

Adding to its industry-leading support for native high-speed transfer to Amazon Web Services S3, Aspera is excited to announce the launch of Aspera On Demand for Microsoft Windows Azure. This new platform-as-a-service enables media companies and content service providers to use high-speed fasp transport to ingest and distribute large media files to and from Windows Azure BLOB storage and integrate the platform into media services running on the Azure cloud.

FASPEX 3.0 AND SHARES 1.0

The faspex 3.0 and Shares 1.0 web applications can be run on-premise or in the cloud, enabling the secure sharing of content and metadata from any location with complete, fine-grained access control. With faspex 3.0, users or API programs can publish files directly from cloud storage for secure, automatic global distribution. Users enjoy multiple options for ad hoc contribution through public dropboxes or secure invitations, and can send and receive files directly using a web browser (Aspera Connect plug-in), Microsoft Outlook (Aspera add-in for MS Outlook), an iOS or Android mobile device (faspex mobile client) or automatically download to their desktop (Aspera Cargo). With Shares 1.0, whole file repositories or selective sub portions can be shared for secure upload, download and management, whether located on premise or stored in the cloud (AWS or Windows Azure).

WORKFLOW ORCHESTRATION AND AS11 / DPP MEDIA FILE FORMAT VALIDATION

The Orchestrator 2.0 platform extends support for enterprise deployments with full active-active failover support, multi-tenant deployment capabilities and the ability to rebrand the Orchestrator package, as well as plug-ins for a host of leading encoding, transcoding, watermarking, and verification products in VoD and broadcast. To support the emerging standards for broadcast file format validation, a new Aspera AS11 media file format validation plug-in integrates with the Metaglue toolkit for automatic verification post-transfer as part of the core Enterprise Server and Clients, and as an automation step using Orchestrator.

NEW AVID INTERPLAY DELIVERY MANAGER PLUG-IN

Recently used in the 2012 Olympics to power high definition news content transfer, the new Aspera plug-in for Avid Interplay Delivery Manager includes Enterprise Server and Point-to-Point software for fully integrated, line speed delivery between remote Avid editing stations, with specific performance optimization for Avid Unity and Isis storage.

SYNC 2.0 FOR HIGH-SPEED FILE BASED REPLICATION AND MIGRATION

Aspera Sync, our high-performance file synchronization software, enters its second generation and brings a host of new features designed for fast and scalable migration and replication of file stores, including the ability to de-duplicate files with the same content at the destination, and a new distributed event collection system allowing for fastest possible capture of file system changes on clusters of ingest servers and high availability deployments. See also the upcoming Aspera Console enhancements supporting full reporting on Aspera Sync jobs, including real-time and historical file and job status, synchronization, and transfer performance.

CONNECT 3.0 API FOR BRANDED WEB PORTAL INTEGRATION

The now available Connect 3.0 browser plugin brings a next generation JavaScript and JSON API allowing for direct integration of fasp transport capability into branded web portals for a fully immersive and interactive experience, including an in-page automatic plug-in installation, in-browser progress reporting and pause, resume and bandwidth control, saving of transfer state and automatic resume of progress across page visits.

FASP 3 ENTERPRISE SERVER, CONNECT SERVER, CLIENT AND POINT-TO-POINT

See all of Aspera’s core products enabled with fasp 3 at IBC, including the new High Speed fasp Proxy that allows for seamless passage of Aspera fasp transfer sessions across secure DMZs. For applications that take advantage of IP multicast, see fasp-MC 1.2, Aspera’s high-speed IP multicast transport for Digital Cinema and other one-to-many applications.

DIRECT FTP-TO-FASP TRANSPORT INTEGRATION

fasp 3 supports applications such as out-of-the-box video server integration using the new extensible transfer framework with built-in support for native fasp transfers to/from ftp sources. Applications include delayed remote playout, a low-cost way to create global playout centers using predictable file transfer over IP with fasp as opposed to expensive satellite broadcast streams.