Boosting its storage portfolio Oracle has acquired Front Porch Digital, a provider of cloud-based and on-premise content storage management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Recognizing the explosion of media across many diverse industries, Oracle cited a Cloughlin Associates research estimate that the world's digital storage capacity needs would grow from 35 exabytes in 2013 to 100 exabytes by 2018.
Colorado-based Front Porch Digital lists over 550 major media, sports and government organizations as customers and will combine with Oracle's application-engineered storage solutions to help clients efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with migration, integration, storage and delivery of rich-media content. The company says it manages over 750 petabytes of content for clients such as NBC, A&E, BBC, MLB the National Archives and the Library of Congress.
Front Porch Digital has a variety of solutions and services that are tailored for large-scale, rich media needs. Its SAMMA migration process has won an Emmy award. It also has DIVA content management and publishing solutions, which help simplify complex workflows inherent with migrating, managing and distributing media assets.
Front Porch Digital cloud solutions will integrate nicely into Oracle's ecosystem of customized cloud platform of high availability applications, backed by Oracle engineered systems. The Front Porch Digital LYNX solution provides a media-grade private cloud solution on-premise or in the cloud for a single network of digital content that can be distributed worldwide.
Oracle said its will continue to utilize staff from Front Porch Digital to further innovations in digital content storage management, as well as maintain an open integration platform with third-party systems and applications.