IBC 2019 Conference Recap

The International Broadcasters Convention has grown since 1967 to over 1700 exhibitors and over 50,000 attendees. Taking place in Amsterdam RAI each September, the event is a perfect place for organizations around the world to meet up with their European partners, customers, and advocates. iXsystems attended with our partner Cantemo iconik to announce the release of the iconik storage gateway plugin for FreeNAS®. The same plugin will be available for TrueNAS in version 11.3.


The conference was fantastic, as we met up with old and new friends alike. Users from all corners of the EMEA region who had been using either iconik or FreeNAS/TrueNAS were interested in the joint solution. 

Running the iconik storage gateway on FreeNAS helps users automate file uploads to a media asset manager (MAM), but also allows cloud accessibility with the performance and economics of on-premise storage. Iconik’s media asset management platform hosts proxy files in the cloud that are auto-generated and only use a minimal amount of space, while RAW or source files remain safe on the FreeNAS system with all the protection OpenZFS provides. The same benefits will apply to the entire TrueNAS family.

New advances in data management, recording, and augmented reality were in prime view at the show. Right across from our shared booth, other vendors were demonstrating tracking technology that imposes 3D objects on top of set objects with a dynamic green screen producing real time graphics both interactive and photo-realistic. File sizes are exploding, and it’s up to storage vendors to keep up and adjust. The TrueNAS family, which is scalable to petabytes in size is perfect for nearline or tier 2 storage, with the performance of tier 1 for smaller teams of editors. It’s perfect for the space. 

Several new partners and customers came to our booth 7.D67, and it was truly a pleasure to meet every one of them. We’re sincerely looking forward to better serving the EMEA market, particularly the media and entertainment industry, in the coming months and years. 

To find out more about the iconik storage gateway plugin click here. As always feel free to contact us for any further questions or inquiries.

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