The way content is distributed, stored and managed is evolving. At JCA we have seen a sharp rise in demand for our digital media services, particularly digital distribution. To ensure we meet this increase in need from the market, we have embarked on a staged expansion plan.
The first phase is a £600k+ investment, which will increase capacity across all service areas. The expansion of bandwidth provision, an increase in storage, and the addition of extra transcoding farms for automated versioning and delivery, will allow us to ensure we continue to grow as a company alongside the rise of digital.
However, that is not to say that tape solutions are redundant within the media industries. Despite the rise of digital workflows, we have ironically seen a considerable increase in demand for file to tape services. It is true that there has been considerable uptake of digital workflows by new entrants to the market, but there are still a lot of companies whose infrastructure is not geared towards file delivery. Therefore, additional capabilities have been developed in this area too.
The new kit we have invested in includes HDCam SR Decks, additional standards conversion capacity via an Alchemist Platinum HD, XDCAM, further PF Clean licenses and Mac workstations. We have also expanded our quality control facilities and now offer HD/SD Harding (Photosensitive epilepsy check) in the file and tape domain.
To ensure we maintain a hands-on service for clients, we have expanded our technical and operations teams with 8 new recruits already this year. Watch this space to find out more about the new JCA team members.
So what’s next? We will be looking to invest in additional shared storage along with establishing premises. We are also continuing to develop international strategic partnerships in order to provide a more global service to clients. The second half of 2012 is set to be as successful and busy as the first.