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From Russia with LOVE (Lots Of Video to Edit): Fox Sports’ Cloud-based Workflows for 2018 World Cup

In case you missed the SVG Sports Content Management & Storage Forum in July, check out the above audio recording from the Spotlight Session A Look at Fox Sports’ World Cup Cloud Workflows and read more details from SVG News:

With a hard-drive–free workflow, Fox could run an agile and free-roaming system without restraints. Plus, the cloud allowed a minimalist approach to packing the necessary equipment.

“We could also scale it pretty quickly,” added Kaufman. “Just being able to be that flexible and lightweight of a footprint gave us an edge from a deployment standpoint.”

Workspace congestion was limited by relying on a cloud platform as well. “The amount of hardware staff and space we needed for any remote production dramatically decreases,” Hall noted. “We were able to change the workflow on the fly without going, ‘How are we going to get five more servers to Russia in 24 hours?’”

More details around Fox Sports’ World Cup coverage included in this Forbes article written before the World Cup kicked off:

Studio content from the Red Square studio will be edited in Los Angeles. To make that all happen, FOX Sports will be using a content management system to handle the workflow. To do this, the network is using a fully customized CMS to make it happen by leveraging Reach Engine by Levels Beyond, connecting three separate media storages, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage and tools for the content.

All this means that massive amounts of data will flow back and forth from Moscow to LA. To do that, the system will use 10Gbps data transfer via AWS. According to FOX Sports, the system is scaled to move upwards of 25 TB from Moscow to Los Angeles every day for editing purpose.