Scality RING storage now supports more than one million Molotov TV subscribers.
"Molotov is a new vision of television, reinventing the daily pleasure of watching TV. We take the compelling content from the TV networks and provide it with a user experience that is second to none. Using the Scality RING as our storage system ensures that content retrieval is quick and efficient and always available. Subscribers get what they want, where and when they want.”
Their business depends on subscribers’ having 24x7x365 access to content—Scality delivers.
Molotov has already more than tripled their initial storage footprint, with zero downtime.
Molotov estimates that they saw a 33% savings—up-front—versus other object stores they evaluated.
What’s special about Molotov is also what makes its operations a challenge. Molotov lets subscribers view any content from its channel partners live, as it’s aired on the broadcast network, and on-demand for a set period of time. The development team built a proprietary live streaming system and looked for a massively scalable and reliable storage system that was easy to maintain for its catch-up service.
Molotov chose the Scality RING as its storage platform due to its low TCO, proven integration with industry-leading media software providers and hassle-free scalability. Integrated with Molotov’s encoding platform and its CDN, the Scality RING delivered a solid foundation for success with its availability and performance. Already expanded to more than three times its initial deployment size in the first half year of operations, the RING easily handles all of Molotov’s requirements.
In 2015, Molotov management was acutely aware of its unique requirements for success. As a startup with big plans, they knew that they needed a storage infrastructure that scales—fast and big—with “just-in-time” agility to grow with them; seamless growth, to ensure the best subscriber experience. They knew that they needed storage that could expand by orders of magnitude without downtime. Fork-lift upgrades are not an option.
“We expected storage to be Molotov’s largest infrastructure cost item, together with the encoding plant and our content distribution network,” said Jean-Christian Bedier, System and Network Manager at Molotov. “Cost was another important consideration, but not in isolation.”
Driven by increasing subscriber numbers and content from a growing list of TV network partners, the storage system needed to balance TCO with the ability to deliver: it had to meet key stability metrics, ambitious performance targets, and be easy to maintain. The quality of the video feed to its subscribers is critical to Molotov’s success, and a closely-monitored KPI; storage is a major contributor to meeting this KPI.
By their estimate, Molotov saved at least 33% compared to other object storage solutions and significantly more compared to traditional storage systems. Those savings are further increased as storage capacity and performance can be scaled in line with business needs; without fork-lift upgrades.
Service continuity and reliability
Even as the RING is upgraded and expanded, it enabled continuous availability of the Molotov service, ensuring reliable 7×24 access to all its subscribers.
Scality’s industry expertise and large partner network allowed Molotov to minimize challenges; at initial deployment, and as they grow.
“Since its operational debut, the Scality RING has met or exceeded all performance targets set by Molotov,” said Bedier.
Like any high-performance tool, the Scality RING was fine-tuned to Molotov’s requirements. The shared common namespace of the Scality RING allowed Molotov to use built-in, market standard protocols such as NFS for adding content and CDMI for streaming it. Bottom line: with the Scality RING Molotov delivers on its video quality KPIs and provides “television everywhere”.
Molotov’s Scality RING storage now supports more than one million Molotov subscribers, each using the service on average 80 minutes per day.
Storing content is important, but Molotov’s business is built on delivering it, and that’s where they measure success. The Scality RING in Molotov’s data center has been fully available since the service launch. During this time, in addition to more than tripling the storage footprint, Molotov executed a major release upgrade of the Scality RING software: a hot upgrade in full operation with no interruption of service.
Molotov depends on the Scality RING as a core tool so its subscribers can “watch when they want, where they want”. Its storage system choice has allowed it to run a reliable and cost-effective service. The company looks forward to growing with the Scality RING, changing the way TV is being viewed.
Chief Information Officer, Molotov