Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sun Unveils its Massively-Scalable Video Streaming Server

Sun Microsystems unveiled its massively-scalable server for delivering personalized video-over-IP services to mass audiences at a cost of approximately $50 per stream. Sun expects the scalability of its Streaming System to reshape the economics of personalized video services over IP. Key capabilities include:

  • Up to 160,000 simultaneous 2Mbps streams per switch

  • Up to 640Gbps of total streaming capacity

  • Up to 768 TB of 300,000+ hours of storage

  • Open industry standards-based API for ease of integration

  • Simplified management with single point of control

The Sun Streaming System, which was designed by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, offers approximately 10 times the streaming capacity of competitive platforms. Thirty-two integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet optical networking ports combine multiplexing, switching and routing in a high-density video streaming chassis.

The Sun Streaming System is composed of a distributed software suite running on Sun Fire x64 systems, storage and switching technologies.

Key components of the Sun Streaming System are the new Sun Streaming Software, the new Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch, the Sun Fire X4500 data server and the Sun Fire X4100 systems. The software is based on open industry standards and supports more than 20 video streaming features, such as: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats; bit-rate support from 1Mbps to 20 Mbps; standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) streaming; encrypted and clear content streaming; at least six trick-play settings; Network Personal Video Recorder (nPVR) capabilities; and splicing and personalized playlists for permission-based targeted advertising. Open software standards, such as CORBA, XML, HTTP and RTSP, allow operators to integrate third-party components for an end-to-end video headend solution.

Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch: A scalable memory cache-based
content switching and streaming engine, the Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch provides the highest available streaming density at 320 Gbps and up to 2 terabytes (TB) of memory to enable scalable video streaming with a low cost per stream.

Sun Fire X4500 server: By integrating state of the art server and
storage technologies, the Sun Fire X4500 server powered by Second- Generation AMD Opteron processors delivers the performance of a
four-way x64 server and the highest storage density available, with
24 TB of storage in seven inches of rack space for up to 9,400 hours
of 2 Mbps video content storage.

s aligning with several resellers, partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), including EDS and Nortel, to bring the Sun Streaming System's market-changing economics to customers in the video services industry.

Early access and beta customers such as Acetrax of Europe have already been testing the Sun Streaming System. In addition, a number of ISV and Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) solutions have been integrated and tested with the system, bringing together an end-to-end deployment architecture for video delivery services. These partners include Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), AMD, Amino,, Harmonic, IMAKE Software, Juniper Networks, Minerva Networks, TANDBERG Television, Tellabs, Verimatrix and Widevine.

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