Chillibean

Spicing up file transfers

London-based solutions provider to the media industry reduces transfer times from several days to a couple of hours.

 

Founded in 2005 by a unique group of innovators in broadcast video and information technology, ChilliBean provides digital storage, delivery and online collaboration tools for production and post-production, for agencies, award shows, production companies and archive owners. Working with 30GB size files and countries as far afield as Singapore and New Zealand, ChilliBean began searching for an end-to-end secure and fast delivery solution to transfer the files over long distances. “We needed both a totally reliable product that would get the files uploaded and transported quickly and securely around the globe and a partner that would fit with our culture – and in that sense Aspera was the obvious choice,” explained Ben Smith, CTO of ChilliBean.

Aspera’s Connect Server for web-based file transfers was selected following a competitive pitch and three-month trial run of competing acceleration technologies. “Where it could previously take up to four days to upload, transfer and then download a file over FTP or HTTP, with Aspera, it now takes only three hours,” Smith said. “They’ve risen to the challenge and provided us with a next-generation solution that enables anybody anywhere, with the appropriate Chillibean authorization, to pick up files and transmit them. Implementation into the ChilliBean core technology took two months and now we can’t imagine life without Aspera.”

Plans are also in place to make Aspera ChilliBean’s upload and transfer solution of choice for the annual D&AD Awards. This involves transferring tens of thousands of items in the run-up to and during the award period.

“We want to see the partnership evolve and introduce our agency clients to Aspera’s Connect Server technology. All it requires is an existing internet delivery and there’s no need for additional investment. The advantages to be had in terms of speed, costs and security are second-to-none,” concluded Smith..

 

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"Implementation into the ChilliBean core technology took two months and now we can’t imagine life without Aspera...The advantages to be had in terms of speed, costs and security are second-to-none." Ben Smith, CTO