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Astro using AWS cloud to optimize operations, cut legacy systems risks

Astro, Malaysia’s leading content and entertainment company, in partnership with Amagi, is modernising its systems and infrastructure for the playout and origination of its existing linear channels and playout disaster recovery capabilities and transitioning them to AWS cloud.

According to Astro, the Amagi playout deployment will help optimise its media operations, enhance business agility, increase service resilience, and mitigate the risks of maintaining legacy systems.

The upcoming launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Malaysia) Region complements Astro’s ongoing broadcast transformation journey, which aims to further enable the deployment of innovative media and entertainment solutions. By capitalising on the robust cloud infrastructure, scalability, and advanced services provided by AWS, Astro aims to further improve enhanced in-country network infrastructure resiliency and performance, thus delivering enriched customer experiences.

Mauro Di Pietro Paolo, Chief Technology Officer, Astro, explained, “As Malaysia’s leading broadcaster, Astro continues to drive innovation, and our partnership with Amagi underscores our continuous dedication to pioneering advancements in the industry.

“At Astro, we needed a playout platform that would align with our vision for transformation in our broadcast and media operations, have in-built disaster recovery capabilities, and provide a modernisation path for our end-of-life on-premises systems.

“We’ve selected Amagi because of their proven track record of deploying playout systems on AWS and have demonstrated their ability to be a transformational platform.”

Amagi and Astro launched broadcast station playout origination on AWS for the first channels and disaster recovery services in May 2024. This marks the first large-scale, cloud-based playout solution by a broadcaster in Malaysia.

To meet the ever-changing needs of these networks, Amagi will continue to work closely with Astro to scale and evolve its Amagi CLOUDPORT solution.

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