Level3 builds cloud-based video file transfer

Michelle Clancy | 28-01-2014

Level 3 Communications has launched a cloud-based file-transfer platform that simplifies and accelerates the process of sending large video and data loads, such as syndicated content and advertising files, worldwide.

FOX Broadcasting was the first to beta test Level 3's Cloud Content Exchange which was built to be an alternative to mail service carriers and slow-moving file transfer protocol (FTP) sites to send content to and from locations. It uses Level 3's extensive worldwide storage platform and global network connectivity, and stores media files in a central, cloud-based library where they can be meta-tagged, sorted and accessed in real time with rapid upload and download speeds.

"The daily movement of media files is critical to the operations of media broadcast companies such as FOX, in addition to sports teams and other large enterprises," commented Mark Taylor, vice president of media and IP services at Level 3. "Cloud Content Exchange is a comprehensive, secure media transfer solution that delivers an easy-to-use interface offering access to data anywhere there is an Internet connection. This allows customers to realise greater efficiencies, reduce operating costs, and better meet important delivery deadlines."

"As one of the largest broadcasters in the world, FOX needs the ability to rapidly send and receive media files all over the globe," added Keith Goldberg, vice president of global operations and transmission services at FOX. "Level 3 worked side by side with us to develop a one-of-a-kind, secure solution that not only allows us to quickly transfer video clips, promos and other content internationally, but also provides extensive cloud storage capacity and a global network an all-inclusive solution we couldn't find anywhere else."