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Video providers can achieve new levels of speed and flexibility, thanks to OpenStack cloud solution for live and VOD production

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The Harmonic VOS Cloud media processing solution (which enables software-defined video headends and workflows) and the Mirantis open cloud platform are now interoperable. The companies claim this represents the first media processing solution for live and VOD production on OpenStack. Using this solution, video providers can manage the entire media production and delivery workflow for broadcast and OTT applications on standard IT hardware in a scalable cloud environment.  The joint solution has been deployed by a leading North American service provider and is in numerous trials with other service providers worldwide.

“Unleashing the power of VOS Cloud software on the Mirantis Cloud Platform will stimulate monumental change in the industry,” Bart Spriester, Senior Vice President, Video Products  at Harmonic, claims. “It will allow video content and service providers to compete on a level that was never possible before, in terms of speed and flexibility. We chose Mirantis as an ecosystem partner because they are a major player in the OpenStack market and provide a robust set of OpenStack control-plane services that can be used with best-in-class infrastructure.”

Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) is a cloud-native infrastructure software that is based on open standards such as OpenStack, Kubernetes and Docker. Architectural principles developed by Google are said to make it simple and cost-effective to manage. Mirantis delivers MCP to enterprise customers through a ‘build-operate-transfer’ model. “This minimizes the lock-in and ballooning costs that are typical of traditional cloud delivery approaches,” Mirantis says. MCP is currently in use by a limited number of beta customers and will become generally available by the end of Q1.

The VOS Cloud software solution is embedded with a unified code structure that combines the expertise of Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks, which Harmonic recently acquired. It makes configuration, deployment and orchestration of media processing and delivery workflows easier. The product supports various video operations including live encoding with time-shift TV services, VOD and cloud DVR. It uses automated video and cloud formation technology that harnesses standard OpenStack deployment templates.

“VOS Cloud software enables service providers to generate instant revenue, without the traditional CapEx involved with building, maintaining and operating a new headend or datacentre,” Harmonic says. “Pay-as-you-go pricing allows service providers to realize ROI in the shortest time possible.”

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