Global Distribution Acquires Symply Inc.


Acquisition of Symply Inc., assets allow Global Distribution to provide industry leading 4K and 8K ready collaborative storage solutions featuring StorNext®6 to a wider base of media creators and video production facilities

Last Updated: July 4, 2018 10:26 am GMT
(Cambridge, UK--July 4, 2018) Global Distribution, today announced the acquisition of assets of Symply, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance storage solutions for collaborative workflows. Symply products offer a unique blend of enterprise-class five nines reliability storage and industry-leading StorNext® file system, which support clients running on Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms.

Symply delivers a wide range of easy-to-use storage solutions that support connectivity over Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and Thunderbolt. All Symply products are optimized for rich media applications, collaborative teams, AI use, cloud connectivity, HDR, high-frame-rate, 4K and higher resolution projects.

"Our acquisition of Symply Inc., combines the innovative customer-centric solutions developed by the Symply team with our longevity and presence as a specialist distributor in the media and entertainment industry," said Keith Warburton, CEO at Global Distribution. "We've always worked very closely with our vendors but acquiring Symply opens up really exciting new possibilities for us to expand upon Symply's SAN, NAS and storage product lines and develop comprehensive solutions for media workflows through unrivaled interoperable technologies."

Global's acquisition of Symply furthers their partnership with Quantum (NYSE: QTM) to deliver market leading solutions based on the next-generation StorNext® 6 storage management platform that is embedded within a wide-range of Symply products.

"We are excited to partner with Global to bring StorNext® 6 to a far wider base of creative professionals," said Jamie Lerner, CEO and President of Quantum, "The unique approach of the SymplyULTRA, and Global's vision for innovative Apple compatible Thunderbolt solutions are a perfect match with StorNext high-performance file sharing capabilities."

The Symply sales, engineering and support teams remain in place, ensuring all Symply customers continue to enjoy the products, knowledgeable staff, and world-class support they have come to rely on.

"We are very pleased to see Symply evolving by joining industry leader Global Distribution. We rely on Symply in our post-production workflow to deliver the performance and reliability we need," said Michael Rogalewski, Director of IT at Big Breakfast Productions. "As the premier producer of scripted and unscripted comedic television, our team depends on Symply to support us in meeting our tight deadlines."

"We are very excited to hear that Symply is becoming part of Global Distribution and look forward to seeing what they can do with the resources of a bigger company," said Andres Lapi, CTO at Teledoce. "We've been using Symply with great success at our facilities in Montevideo, Uruguay for about a year. When it came time to choose a workflow for operations at the International Broadcast Centre of the World Cup in Moscow, Russia, we chose Symply again. We installed a control room and all the storage operations run through Symply. We've got editors working on the media, journalists checking material and technicians organizing the huge amounts of hours of video being generated at the World Cup. Everything is running smoothly with Symply, and hope our National team joins our success on the field."

"Global Distribution has built a strong following and is considered to be the distributor of choice for Value Added Resellers that focus on system integration, studio and workflow design. In recent years Global has aggressively expanded to reach markets around the world including the Los Angeles film, television and advertising communities. The acquisition of Symply Inc. will allow Global to offer specific solutions to requirements that are unique to the M&E community. With offices in Culver City, Global is strategically located to help our resellers support and service the needs of media companies in Burbank, Culver City, and Hollywood," said Jonathan Ellihou COO Global Distribution NA.

Symply products with embedded StorNext®6 are immediately available to order from Global Distribution's worldwide resellers along with seamlessly interoperable options for asset management, production workflows, and content archive. For more detailed information on Symply products and services visit or for more information on Global see

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About Global Distribution
Global Distribution, headquartered in the University City of Cambridge, UK is a specialist distributor for digital content acquisition, production, storage, management and archival solutions within the Media and Enterprise industries. With offices in Culver City, Munich, Stockholm, Global are dedicated to delivering class-leading products and solutions with support and development that is second to none. Global work closely with their vendors, partners and extensive reseller network in North America, EMEA and APAC to meet the growing needs of these industries. With a clear focus on understanding the ever-changing requirements in the industry, Global are excellently placed to provide technology to fulfill the current and future demands of users.

About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out tiered storage, archive and data protection. The company's StorNext platform powers modern high-performance workflows, enabling seamless, real-time collaboration and keeping content readily accessible for future use and re-monetization. More than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding content workflow needs, including large government agencies, broadcasters, research institutions and commercial enterprises. With Quantum, customers have the end-to-end storage platform they need to manage assets from ingest through finishing and into delivery and long-term preservation. See how at


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