NAB 2014, Booth C1307 – ENCO has announced the next generation of virtualized automation systems,ENCO1SS.
As with the award-winning ENCO1, which was introduced at the 2012 NAB show, ENCO1SS allows broadcasters to operate their ENCO DAD automation system in a virtualized environment by utilizing existing IP Audio technologies. Because the system has been virtualized, any station or studio can be controlled from anywhere via a thin client.
While the first version used two specialized servers with failover software, the ENCO1SS uses a single fault tolerant server provided by Stratus (www.stratus.com), a leading provider of “always-on” products and services. Stratus servers are known for their ultra-dependable operation and serve a wide range of industries including 15 of the top 20 telecom providers. The Stratus server eliminates the complexity of other high-availability solutions and provides seamless substitution of any failing hardware components to deliver uninterrupted automation operation. Running on VMware or HyperV, ENCO1SS provides true hardware mirroring so that failure is nearly impossible. ENCO and Stratus also promise proactive 24/7/365 monitoring of systems, ensuring overnight replacement of any system component if needed.
“Our ENCO1 has been a great solution for mission-critical automation in radio and TV operations, and the ENCO1SS takes our design a step further,” said Ken Frommert, General Manager for ENCO. “We’re offering improved hardware and support, the system is easier to deploy, and there are fewer limitations to operation. Broadcasters will gain the benefits that virtualization provides plus the redundancy they desire, all while lowering their total cost of ownership.”
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Founded in 1983, ENCO Systems is a world leader in playout and automation system solutions for demanding radio and television organizations. ENCO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan USA and retains a worldwide distribution network. For more information, please visit: www.enco.com .