Monday, August 23, 2010

Juniper Releases Media Flow Engine Appliances

Juniper Networks released a line of high-performance content delivery appliances designed to maximize the scale and reliability of its Media Flow converged content delivery and caching solution for service providers.

The Juniper VXA Series Media Flow Engines appliances, which leverage technology originally developed by Ankeena Networks (acquired by Juniper earlier this year), are aimed at optimizing content delivery networks (CDNs). Juniper's Media Flow Solution can cache and deliver content closer to the edge of service providers' networks, which can reduce transit traffic and lower CapEx and OpEx. Content publishers can deploy Media Flow as a next-generation origin cache, where its high scalability enables server consolidation, reducing costs associated with power, space and cooling. The Media Flow uses adaptive streaming technology to ensure a TV-like viewing experience even as network conditions fluctuate. Users also enjoy improved response times since content is served more locally.

The foundation of the Media Flow Solution is Juniper Networks Media Flow Controller, a hierarchical caching software appliance that provides an awareness of content requirements, network conditions and storage infrastructure for optimal caching efficiency and performance. The Media Flow Solution also includes Juniper Networks Media Flow Manager, an element management application and the newly available VXA Series Media Flow Engines.

Media Flow Controller can be deployed on the VXA Series Media Flow Engines or on general purpose x86 servers.

Newly announced CDN customers for Juniper include Demand Media, Break Media and BitGravity.

"The market has experienced exponential growth in online video traffic over the past few years, often doubling every six months according to leading analysts," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president and general manager of Junos Ready Software at Juniper Networks. "Our customers are looking for ways to improve their scale, drive down costs and grow revenue at the same time, and the Media Flow Solution allows them achieve all three. It improves the efficiency of content delivery, while opening up the potential for new revenue-generating services."

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