Artesyn and Vantrix demo increase in density and decrease in cost for virtualised video processing

At the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE 2014), Artesyn Embedded Technologies is demonstrating a new video transcoding and media processing platform developed in collaboration with Vantrix to enable broadcast and communications service providers to deliver significantly more multiscreen content to users at a fraction of the cost. The integrated Artesyn SharpStreamer hardware and Vantrix software solution enables significantly higher channel density at lower cost for virtualised ultra high-density media processing functions for multiscreen delivery, including encryption and adaptive bitrate (ABR) packaging.

For example, a single accelerated server could replace up to 40 non-accelerated servers for a VoD OTT content transcoding application, or up to 24 servers for a linear real-time broadcast ABR application. These substantial capital expenditure savings are matched by significantly reduced operating expenditure thanks to power consumption that has been estimated at between six and 10 percent of that required to run the same applications on non-accelerated servers.

The solution will be demonstrated in the Artesyn Embedded Technologies booth 3102 of hall 3 at the Inter BEE event, Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Japan.

Linsey Miller, director of marketing for server acceleration products, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, said: “Content service providers would prefer to use standard servers versus proprietary hardware for their video encoding and transcoding applications, but those standard servers today don’t scale cost effectively to support ultra high densities with software-based video processing solutions. Our collaboration with Vantrix means service providers can combine Artesyn’s SharpStreamer add-on card technology with market-leading video-processing, optimisation, caching and analytics software from Vantrix to scale to meet higher densities on existing servers.”

Jean Mayrand, president & CEO, Vantrix, said: “Network demand for video encoding/transcoding is rising continuously as user habits change to ever increasing multiscreen consumption. With Vantrix Media Platform and Artesyn’s SharpStreamer technology, service providers now have a cloud-ready solution, with OpenStack integration and support for multiple virtual machines, to reach higher channel densities while preserving their server investment and no need to qualify new hardware.”

The integrated hardware and software solution will be available from Artesyn as add-in acceleration cards, which could be used to retrofit customers existing server equipment, configured ready-to-develop servers or supported on third-party servers such as Dell.

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