Sony Electronics has invested $15 million into Omneon, a Sunnyvale, Calif., company that makes networked storage and servers for high-quality broadcasting.

Omneon filed to go public late last year, but has so not followed up with its IPO plans, according to VentureWire this morning (sub required).

The company has now raised more than $100 million since it launched in 1998, and gives the company a foot in the door to access to Sony’s broadcast customers. Previous investors include Norwest Venture Partners, Accel Partners , Advanced Technology Ventures Invesco, Meritech Capital, Lucent  Venture Partners and Mayfield Fund.

Sony’s stake in Omneon is less than 10%, according to a regulatory filing. Omneon had revenues of $83.5 million last year.

Omneon says its MediaDeck product “packs up to six video channels, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and dual-parity RAID storage into a compact 2RU chassis. With MediaDeck, even the smallest broadcast and programming operations can implement server-based ingest and playout operations or sophisticated file-based workflows in a broad range of video formats. By leveraging the Omneon Spectrum architecture, MediaDeck is immediately deployable with Omneon MediaTools for ingest, playout, and delay serving and with over a hundred third-party automation and production applications. ‘

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