By Jason Danielson, Solutions Marketing Manager


Ever wonder when you are on a flight watching a movie, news show or playing a game, where the entertainment programming is coming from? I’m guessing the answer is no.


However, while you probably don’t spend time thinking about the company bringing you the content, when your flight either doesn’t have the service, content is disrupted during a long flight, or the television programming is yesterday’s news you may certainly wish for a better service.


It’s the little things and in this case technology and content that can make all the difference when it comes to in-flight entertainment.


Flash to the Rescue

As the number and size of entertainment companies’ video files increase due to customer demand and higher resolutions, storage can become a real-world performance bottleneck for content editors. Delays of hours or even an entire day can affect a business and ultimately make or break a customer’s experience and in this case their flight experience.


Aziz Kapadia Quote.jpgToday’s editors need to perform their jobs without interruption while avoiding working staggered hours to workaround infrastructure performance issues. To do this, Global Eagle Entertainment is leveraging the NetApp EF-Series Flash Array (EF550) for real time production storage and NetApp SANtricity for intuitive storage management enabling extreme improvements in media production and processing performance. Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines and its travelers with a complete offering of in-flight entertainment programming, Internet connectivity, and related content services.


By combining extreme IOPS, sub millisecond response times, and enterprise-grade reliability, the NetApp EF550 flash array helps Global Eagle editors increase productivity and meet deadlines:

  • Reducing operating costs by processing video up to six times faster
  • Increasing productivity by enabling video editors and transcode farm to work concurrently
  • Improving playback quality of customer demos

The NetApp solution also maximizes uptime, with full redundancy and automated failover. Because video editors can now concentrate on their jobs without interruption, the quality of their work has improved, as has Global Eagle’s ability to make your flight experience an entertaining one!


Attending NAB? Click here to see everything we have planned for the show or stop by booth # SL13309 to see the NetApp portfolio of solutions for media and entertainment. NetApp will showcase its storage portfolio of solutions including the EF All-Flash Array.

NetApp Staff