In a business where user experience is as important as content, Molotov keeps subscribers watching without interruption
Led by a group of established French media alumni, Molotov was launched to “reinvent television.” Aiming to turn the traditional TV grid inside-out with extensive search and organization capabilities, the service provides access to more than 80 TV channels live and on-demand, covering all major French TV networks. Plus, all content is available on consumers’ device of choice.
With more than one million new subscribers in its first six months of operations, the lean development and operations teams are continuously adding new channels and innovating with features such as bookmarks for programming. This is a start-up that does not stand still.
What’s special about Molotov is also what makes its operations a challenge. Subscribers can 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, reliable storage system for its catch-up service.
Molotov 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 and ensure the best subscriber experience.
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 without downtime.
“We’ve decommissioned 1800 assets [thanks to Scality RING] — that’s huge. And by vacating a data center, we’re saving millions in lease fees.”
Since its operational debut, Scality RING has met or exceeded all performance targets set by Molotov, and — like any high-performance tool — it was fine-tuned to their 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.
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 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.
The bottom line: With Scality RING, Molotov delivers on its video quality KPIs and provides “television everywhere.” Molotov’s Scality RING storage now supports more than one million subscribers, each using the service 80 minutes per day on average.
“Working with Scality has been brilliant.”