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Company Overview of Signiant, Inc.

Company Overview

Signiant, Inc. develops file movement software solutions that moves large files over public and private networks for content creators and distributors. Its on-premises software and SaaS solutions facilitate the movement of peta-bytes of media data between users, applications, and systems. The company offers Media Shuttle, a hybrid SaaS solution that allows media professionals to transfer files of various sizes; SkyDrop, a SaaS solution that accelerates the movement of large files and data sets into and out of cloud storage; and Manager+Agents, an enterprise software solution for automated delivery of large files across geographically dispersed locations. It serves broadcasters, studios, medi...

152 Middlesex Turnpike

Burlington, MA 01803

United States

Founded in 2000





Key Executives for Signiant, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President of Global Field Operations
Age: 51
Senior Vice President of Strategic Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Signiant, Inc. Key Developments

Signiant Announces Extensions to its Cloud Platform

Signiant announced extensions to the company's cloud platform and offered insight into the underlying technical innovations that led to its development. At the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam September 11, 2014 - September 16, 2014, the company will be demonstrating two products based on this platform: Media Shuttle and Signiant SkyDrop. An early adopter of cloud technology, Signiant's newest products have transformed the way enterprises move large, high-value digital assets. Media Shuttle provides a super-simple 'Dropbox-like' experience for sending and sharing large files, and Signiant SkyDrop is the only commercially available Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that accelerates the movement of large files into and out of cloud storage. An important early innovation in the development of Signiant's new architecture was to separate the software that controls file transfers (the control plane) from the software that performs file transfers (the data plane). This key concept is borrowed from the Software Defined Networking (SDN) trends that are sweeping the broader technology world. In the networking case, the objective is to separate tasks that are best done in hardware (such as fast packet switching) from tasks that are better done in software (like routing control and quality of service management), and create a well-defined interface between the two. Although Signiant's file movement solutions are entirely software-based, the same basic idea can be applied: cleanly separate the system into two distinct components that can be separately optimized. Separating the two software layers was not meaningful when all software was deployed on premises, but there is a huge benefit in the cloud era. This approach has allowed Signiant to judiciously move system components into the cloud, rather than making the cloud an all-or-nothing proposition. Within a single customer deployment, some tasks can run on multi-tenant cloud infrastructure while others run on single tenant on-premises infrastructure. Media Shuttle users, for example, benefit from a cloud-delivered user experience (control plane) while still having control over where cache storage is located (data plane) - either utilizing on-premises or cloud infrastructure. This hybrid SaaS model, which enables storage control and independence, has been a key factor in Media Shuttle's runaway market success. With the new SDN-like architecture, Signiant has been able to take an incremental approach to SaaS implementation. Media Shuttle's SaaS control layer led the way, followed by the unique managed server tier that makes Signiant SkyDrop so much simpler to deploy and manage than other solutions on the market. With Media Shuttle and Signiant SkyDrop now established in the market, Signiant is continuing to add capabilities to the platform. Recent additions include enhanced mobile applications and SDKs. The company is also extending its commitment to storage independence by supporting multiple cloud platforms and enabling the movement of content between clouds with zero switching costs. Signiant has three patents pending on the next-generation cloud architecture, relating to the separation of the data plane from the control plane, cloud-based validation against a delivery spec, and load-balanced cloud servers.

Signiant, Inc. Introduces SkyDrop Hybrid SaaS Solution

Signiant, Inc. introduced Signiant SkyDrop, a hybrid software-as-a-service, or SaaS, solution which enhances the movement of big data and professional media files into and out of cloud storage. Unlike other acceleration offerings, Signiant SkyDrop is a genuine cloud-formed solution that leverages managed cloud infrastructure, in contrast to software that customers must deploy and manage. Signiant SkyDrop offers the high transfer speed, low operational overhead and scalability that enterprises need to move even the large data sets into and out of cloud storage. Workflows that require fast exchange of files to and from cloud storage, including active archiving, media processing and big data analysis, can now be implemented much more easily and cost-effectively. Utilizing the same hybrid SaaS platform as the company's Media Shuttle product, Signiant SkyDrop customers benefit from a cloud-connected architecture that provides rapid access to innovation and minimizes the software management burden of deployment, ongoing monitoring and upgrades. Signiant SkyDrop takes the company's commitment to cloud-formed solutions one step further. The cloud compute resources and software required for a highly available, high-speed storage connection are operated by Signiant as a fully managed service, requiring customers to simply install lightweight client software and connect to their cloud storage tenancy. Signiant technology is integrated with Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure storage. Initially available for Amazon S3, the complete SkyDrop solution will be offered for Azure, Google Cloud Platform and other cloud platforms as market demand grows.

cSigniant Announces Board Appointments

Signiant announced that Lawrence R. Kaplan and John McCoskey are joining the board. Larry Kaplan is president and CEO of SDVI Corporation. John McCoskey is executive vice-president and chief technology officer for the Motion Picture Association of America. As one of the industry's most established technical visionaries, McCoskey is a thought leader in the applicability of cloud technology within the media and entertainment industry.

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