What is “Cinegy as a Service”?
“Cinegy as a Service” is a hardware-free way of enabling users to deploy software-defined television on cloud-based virtual machines.
All of Cinegy’s software technology, starting with Cinegy’s real-time playout server and broadcast automation software, Cinegy Air, will steadily become available through cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) enabling prospective users to spin up, test drive, and, if they choose, deploy Cinegy technology in an HD or 4K cloud.

What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud platform which offers a variety of services.

What benefits does Cinegy customer have using AWS?
The benefits of Cinegy’s approach of having the software hosted on GPU-friendly Amazon Web Services (AWS) are multiple. Users only pay for what they need, when they need it. There’s no upfront investment. Requirements for increases in system capacity, such as election or special event coverage, can also be far more accurately planned and costed. Additionally, because the cloud vendor provides hardware resiliency and data protection, it eliminates the need for those resources in-house.

What Cinegy products are being deployed on AWS ?
It is currently possible to purchase from the Amazon Web Services marketplace a pre-built machine image which contains version 10 or version 11 of Cinegy’s Air PRO bundle.
Cinegy Air PRO is a real-time playout server and broadcast automation software for SD and HD playout, it delivers Dolby Digital encoding, EAS, Nielsen watermarking and Cinegy Type channel branding as one integrated software solution. You can mix different codecs, resolutions and aspect ratios in one playlist.
Any of Cinegy’s products can be licensed to run in AWS allowing experimentation and testing of new workflows for customers.

Explain to me the different Cinegy AWS offerings
Our Cinegy Air PRO bundle is currently available through the AWS Marketplace for deployment on GPU based EC2 instances. The current cost of the bundle is $1.50 per hour in addition to any AWS EC2 and storage fees. For this price the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) includes our standard Cinegy AIR Pro bundle software and comes with email support for the Cinegy software on a next working day basis. We also support the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model for new and existing customers who wish to transition any of their current capacity to AWS. Please contact sales if you would like more information.

What do I need to launch Cinegy on AWS?
The first step is having an account with AWS which will allow purchasing of items from the marketplace.
This can be down via the link: Create Account.
Once you have an AWS ID you can buy Cinegy Air Software in AWS Marketplace using the following link: Cinegy Air PRO Bundle
You will then be taken through some standard questions by Amazon to check if there are any changes you wish to make to the capacity of the machine etc.

Can I store my media (database) in AWS?
Yes, you can store your media (database) in AWS. You can use the EC2 service to create a Windows based instance which include Microsoft SQL and deploy Cinegy Archive onto this instance in the standard way. The licenses required for the connections/software to run on AWS would need to be obtained from Cinegy. Please contact your sales person for more information.
We are also planning to launch Cinegy Archive solution in AWS in the future. Cinegy are investigating how the other offerings available from AWS such their Relational Database Service, can be used to offer flexibility and a reduction in setup complexity to anyone wishing to use our software.

How secure is AWS?
The AWS cloud infrastructure has been designed and managed in alignment with regulations, standards, and best-practices including: HIPAA, SOC 1/SSAE 16/ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS70), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, FedRAMP(SM), DIACAP and FISMA, ITAR, FIPS 140-2, CSA, MPAA.

What if I need help?
The Cinegy AIR AMI in the marketplace comes with support for the Cinegy software which can be accessed through the normal support channels. This is via the email address support@cinegy.com.
Any questions regarding running Cinegy software on AWS need to be directed towards your sales contact.