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Akamai Aura Lumen (Formerly Verivue OneVantage)
With Akamai’s acquisition of Verivue now complete and the vendor’s stated commitment to non-proprietary COTS hardware, what will become of the former Verivue OneVantage solution? Did Akamai acquire Verivue primarily for its O-CDN software? (1/31/2014)
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ARRIS ConvergeMedia XMS FLEX
ARRIS completed the Motorola Home acquisition in April 2013, and as a result offers two video service product lines, the in-house ConvergeMedia portfolio and the Motorola-sourced M3 Media Server. Will ARRIS keep both solution sets? (7/1/2014)
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ARRIS/Motorola M-3
ARRIS completed the acquisition of Motorola Home more than a year ago, but has yet to reveal which redundant Motorola Home products will be retained. Will the relatively lackluster Motorola M3 platform be culled from the ARRIS portfolio? (7/1/2014)
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Cisco Content Delivery Engine (CDE) 250-2Sx
Cisco’s Content Delivery Engine (CDE) 250 is a key component of its Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) and overall Videoscape proposition, as well as a leading solution in the VDS sector, topping most contenders in terms of key buying criteria. (7/1/2014)
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Concurrent Unified Content Delivery System
Concurrent’s UCDS leverages demand-driven CDN edge caching, flexible storage options, substantial ingest capacities and transparent caching of third-party video traffic, boosting its ability to capitalize on emerging MSV integration opportunities. (8/1/2014)
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Edgeware Orbit-2X/Orbit 3020
Edgeware’s Orbit-2X/Orbit 3020 platform is designed for dense and reliable video delivery, with best-in-class streaming and storage density metrics, integrated fast channel change and retransmission, and proven distributed video benefits. (7/1/2014)
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On Demand Video Server Buying Criteria
  • Scalability and Performance
    • Scalability is defined as the product’s total ingest, storage, and streaming capacity and concurrency for standard definition equivalent streams, defined as a single SD MPEG-2 stream at 3.75 Mbps; Performance is defined as how efficiently this scale is supported.
  • Reliability and Supportability
    • Defined as the server and system level fault-tolerance and load-balancing for protecting data, resiliency for preserving stream sessions; Supportability is defined as overall management and upgrade facility.
  • On Demand Functionality
    • Includes the product’s capability to support multi-screen delivery, (i.e., TVs, mobile handsets, and Internet connected devices), support of multiple on demand service options such as time-shifted TV, and network-DVR, as well as trick-play functionality and ad insertion capabilities.
  • Green Design
    • Incorporates the product’s power consumption per stream/chassis in full configuration and design elements aimed at reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • Market Momentum and Vision
    • Incorporates elements such as vendor viability and support resources, vendor’s portfolio/platform leverage, as well as visible market traction in terms of partnerships, streams shipped, and customer footprint.

On Demand Video Server Product Metrics
  • Maximum Stream Concurrency
  • Streaming Capacity
  • Content Storage
  • Ingest Capacity
  • Video Codecs Support
  • Stream Control Protocols
  • Streaming Interfaces Back Office Support
  • Physical Dimensions
  • Peak Power Consumption
  • Regulatory Certifications
  • General Availability
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