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Omneon Servers Selected for SGI Open Broadcast Initiative

Omneon media servers integrated as part of complete broadcast solution (December 08, 2004)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that its Omneon Spectrum media server product line has been selected as the first server platform to be included in the Open Broadcast Initiative unveiled today by Silicon Graphics. Under this initiative, Omneon systems will be sold and integrated by SGI as part of broadcast solutions that SGI will now offer to its customers. Omneon servers were chosen by SGI over other media server offerings because of the inherent flexibility, reliability, and openness of the Omneon platform, which facilitates SGI's ability to create differentiated solutions for the broadcast industry by combining the Omneon Spectrum with their own advanced hardware and software products.

"We are excited to be a part of SGI's Open Broadcast Initiative and are looking forward to offering customers a great choice when it comes to media servers, storage, and managing their workflows," said Omneon Vice President of Marketing Geoff Stedman. "The combination of Omneon's flexible, cost-effective media servers with robust storage management products from SGI gives broadcast customers a complete solution for end-to-end management of digital media in the broadcast environment."

"We're very pleased to be able to offer Omneon media servers as part of a set of open broadcast solutions to customers," said Chris Golson, senior director, Market Strategy, Media Industries, SGI. "Integrating the Omneon product line with other third party products and our own systems allows us to offer broadcasters a complete solution for all aspects of their facility, from ingest to playout to archive, and for both SD and HD formats. As we work with Omneon on further differentiating our joint solutions, our goal is to bring together these best-of-breed products in order to provide broadcasters with the optimal solution for their needs."

An exceptionally cost-effective and flexible media server designed for the professional television industry, the Omneon Spectrum media server provides a reliable and scalable infrastructure for broadcast playout and storage applications. Omneon's server system is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production. As a result, stored media can be shared among many users and applications.

The scalable, distributed architecture of the modular Omneon Spectrum server system also offers users maximum flexibility in scaling system components and capacity in small or large increments as desired. The system is available in a broad range of configurations to meet the specific needs of each installation.

Learn more about Omneon's server solutions at

About Silicon Graphics | The Source of Innovation and Discovery
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization, and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering, and creative users.

With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at

About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers for the broadcast and video industry. The company's unique strategy integrates a strong foundation in broadcast with the best practices of information technology, giving its customers the best of both worlds. Because Omneon Spectrum media server systems are based on an open and advanced architecture, broadcast and video professionals are able to minimize both upfront and ongoing expenses, while gaining the flexibility to capitalize on emerging opportunities. Omneon pioneered the use of open systems in broadcast and, as a result, receives wide support from the application developer community.

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