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Keepixo transcoding software on Kontron hardware equals 144 HD channels in a 2RU footprint

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A new high-density OTT transcoding solution can transcode up to 144 HD channels in a 2RU footprint while consuming less than 8W per transcoded service. The joint solution uses the SYMKLOUD Series of products from Kontron. These combine compute, storage and switching within SDN-friendly 2RU multi-processor, multi-server devices. It also uses Keepixo’s Genova software suite for building multiscreen video workflows for OTT and IPTV services. Genova includes a multi-rate live encoder, file transcoder for VOD assets and a multi-format OTT packager. The joint solution includes support for broadcast-grade features including popular subtitle and closed-caption formats and OTT streaming protocols. The two companies claim best-in-class video quality despite the density.

The solution uses the latest server CPU architectures with on-chip graphics media processing acceleration and introduces various levels of hardware acceleration to offload computationally intensive tasks. Keepixo says its Genova software suite makes use of media processing acceleration for low-level encoding operations while keeping full control of high-level tasks such as encoding strategy to achieve the highest video quality that is required for professional applications.

Benoit Robert, Strategy and Marketing at Kontron, says: “Advances in end-user devices, higher resolutions, frame rates and colour depth are pushing service providers to find more efficient infrastructure solutions to support increasing workflow densities. The tight integration of the Keepixo Genova software suite and massively scalable and ultra-reliable x86 GPU resources makes for a compelling total cost of ownership.”

Jerome Blanc, COO for Keepixo, says the explosive growth of Internet video has put pressure on video transcoding infrastructures to optimize bandwidth and power consumption. “OTT service providers increasingly need high density transcoding solutions to control their cost of operations. Thanks to our collaboration with Kontron, we can offer a platform that addresses customer needs for density and power per transcoded service while meeting professional grade service level.”

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