LAS VEGAS (National Association of Broadcasters NAB) – April 24, 2006 – SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services, announced today it has been contracted by the CBS Television Network to deploy a digital media archiving and retrieval system supporting the legacy CBS television content archives and its ever growing library of new assets. The project includes implementing a digital archive, retrieval, and distribution system for the CBS television entertainment library that will allow CBS to search, manage, store and repurpose assets.
SAVVIS will manage the installation and integration of the solution including administrative oversight and identifying the working partners and products necessary to fulfill their needs. As part of this, SAVVIS has engaged Harris Corporation and Front Porch Digital, Inc., to form a focused, tightly knit team in a model that further reduces costs, risks, and complex management associated with the implementation of this project. In addition, HP, Pinnacle Systems, and StorageTek support the solution with hardware and additional services.
NAB attendees can see the CBS solution demonstrated, and meet with executives, at the Harris booth located on the upper level of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, # SU2929.
“Our goal is to build a very flexible and scalable architecture that can rapidly adapt to new emerging technologies, formats, and business requirements in years to come, said Julie Kapsch, Vice President of Strategic Services for CBS IT. “At the same time our vision is to ensure that the capabilities we are building can be efficiently leveraged by other CBS divisions and potentially business partners.”
“CBS’ digital asset management solution is critical for preserving our most valuable assets and opening up the door to repurpose CBS content created over the past 50 years,” said Barry Zegel, VP West Coast Technical and Production Operations and Engineering for CBS. “By combining SAVVIS’ IT infrastructure and expertise with Harris’ intelligent management technologies, and Front Porch’s advanced media asset archive product, we think that this solution will be able to support CBS’ existing and proposed project requirements.”
The objective of the solution is to ensure that valuable assets are preserved and leveraged while improving operational efficiency. CBS also needs to plan for future growth requirements that are emerging as a result of digital media opportunities. Currently, the CBS entertainment television archive includes approximately 250,000 reels of content and this is expected to grow significantly over the next five years.
Like all major content companies, CBS is faced with the daunting task of monetizing the enormous volumes of existing and new television content with an eye on new revenue streams, such as Video on Demand (VOD). The solution will achieve this by increasing media handling capacity to address new business opportunities, streamlining media distribution processes, improving the value of media assets by increasing re-use capability, and improving processes and systems for asset preservation. All of this will be engineered using new media asset management and transcoding technologies, and infrastructure that improves performance and efficiencies while reducing costs.
SAVVIS is overseeing the solution design, and provides the application systems and global private network for asset distribution and fulfillment on a global scale. Harris Invenio Systems is providing control of ingest systems, archival middleware, and end-user applications that enable a desktop workflow for indexing, archival management and distribution of content. Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive will control all archive management for the CBS TV City installation in Los Angeles. DIVA is a software middleware that enables interoperability between large digital media storage devices, video servers, editing systems and digital media workflow applications, including its proven integration with the Sun StorageTek SL 8500.
About CBS Television Network
The CBS Television Network, with more than 200 owned and affiliated stations reaching virtually every television home in the United States, is part of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and UPN), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Television and King World), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), theme parks (Paramount Parks), digital media (CBS Digital Media Group and CSTV Networks) and consumer products (CBS Consumer Products). In Fall 2006, UPN will cease operations and The CW, a new fifth broadcast television network, will launch as a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. For more information, log on to www.cbscorporation.com.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees – including 5,500 engineers and scientists – dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
Front Porch Digital, Inc.
About Front Porch: Front Porch Digitial (www.fpdigital.com) is the Media and Broadcast Division of Incentra Solutions (OTC.BB: ICNS). With more than 120 installations of DIVAarchive in over 40 countries, Front Porch Digital has been described by industry analyst Datamonitor as "the global leader" in broadcast archive management.
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses. With an IT services platform that extends to 45 countries, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 25 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: .
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from SAVVIS’ expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in SAVVIS’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent filings. SAVVIS assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.
Carter B. Cromley
Ricochet Public Relations
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