NE Technical Requirements

General Information

Burli NE is an on-premises, client-server desktop newsroom system. It runs on industry-standard, commercially-available Windows operating systems and PC hardware without need for vendor-specific hardware and is compatible with all current versions of Windows. Storage, database, ingest, web, and similar back-end servers work well (and are almost always deployed) in VM environments. Burli NE uses a combination of standard unicast IP networks and Windows SMB file access. It optionally integrates with an on-premises Active Directory for single-sign-on.
There is no MacOS version of Burli NE. It does, however, run well on Apple hardware that runs Windows in virtualisation (not all Apple hardware does).

We normally recommend Windows 11 or 10 and Server 2019 or Server 2022. We use Microsoft’s SQL Server database and recommend the 2019 edition. Smaller customers are welcome to use the free (but limited) SQL Server Express edition; mid-size and enterprise customers should use Standard edition for its data and processing scale and its backup and high-availability options.

Windows 7, 2008 Server, SQL Server 2012, and earlier are no longer supported by Burli and Burli NE may not run properly (or at all) on them.

Requirements for storage, RAM, data formats, audio recording, and networking are all industry-standard are not especially demanding, but vary widely depending on newsroom workflows, existing architecture, and data volumes and should be discussed between the newsroom, IT department, and Burli.

System Requirements Guide

Our System Requirements Guide provides high-level information about Burli NE’s system design along with guidelines for newsroom and studio workstations and servers, and recommendations for backups and similar maintenance and management.

But we always urge customers to contact Burli Technical Support for further details and discussion about system architecture before they purchase or commission hardware for any Burli project.