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Vantrix and Kontron Feature High-Density, Cloud-Based 4K/UHD IP Acquisition and nPVR Solution at IBC 2014

Partnership Highlights Software-Defined Solution for IP Conversion, Reducing Network Storage Requirements and Improving Consumer Playback Experiences

MONTREAL, QC -- (Marketwired) -- 09/08/14 -- Vantrix, a global provider of media optimization and delivery solutions to service and content providers, and Kontron, a global provider of application-ready COTS platforms for telecom, network and cloud infrastructure, will demonstrate nPVR functionality on live linear 4K feeds. The multi-faceted solution will be in the Intel Booth L20 in Hall 14 at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam September 12-16, 2014.

A core component of the demonstrated solution is the Vantrix Media Platform (VMP), a software-defined video-processing, optimization, caching and analytics platform available as a turnkey appliance for deployment on-premises or in the cloud. Built on OpenStack for virtualization, it offers a modular, pluggable and extensible architecture for video transcoding and optimizing media experiences via adaptive bitrate streaming for delivery to TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

Using accelerated virtualized graphics running on the Kontron SYMKLOUD high-density platform, leveraging the Intel Core i7 Processor, the IBC demo will feature the following end-to-end workflow:

  • IP Acquisition: Content ingestion via an SDI 4K live feed. The Kontron SYMKLOUD 2RU platform together with VMP is capable of up to 72 1080p HD or 18 4K feeds.
  • Video Processing: Real-time VMP live transcoding, adaptive bit-rate packaging and AES encryption using Intel HD graphics acceleration and AES-NI encryption.
  • Delivery: Adaptive bit-rate packaged streams are cached and streamed via VM and delivered to the client. VMP Media Cache and Stream leverages 2TB Intel SSD storage modules per sled, or up to 18TB per 2RU Kontron SYMKLOUD platform.
  • End-user nPVR: Enabling on-demand viewing of live linear feeds, cached and available for local playback.

VMP is installed as virtual machines and operates on the OpenStack cloud OS, enabling flexibility and scalability. A single server can run concurrent applications -- such as Live and VoD transcoding, DRM encryption, file packaging and streaming -- with selectable resource assignments for different uses. In addition, the system easily scales across multiple servers in a cluster that shares virtual resources on all physical nodes without additional management software required.

"The Vantrix Media Platform running together with Kontron's 2RU SYMKLOUD achieves industry-leading performance for nPVR solutions," said Jean Mayrand, president of Vantrix Corporation. "The integration of our open modular, pluggable media workflow solution and our virtualized graphics processing, together with high-density cloud computing from Kontron for video processing, brings a new dimension of scalability to time-shifted UHD consumer video playback."

"Cloud solutions are rapidly gaining ground as an attractive solution to complex video workloads in the global media and entertainment industry," said Robert Courteau, EVP, Communications Business Unit, Kontron. "The economic impact of offering nPVR services for multiscreen devices is very interesting to operators. Storage can be centralized, shared and monetized, and new up-sell revenue-generating services can be rapidly added without costly and time-consuming set-top-box redeployment."

Visit Kontron and Vantrix at IBC 2014 in Intel Booth L20 in Hall 14 September 12-16, 2014.

About Vantrix
We're media specialists in the delivery of digital content over wireless or wired networks to connected devices striving for the best performance, highest quality and most cost-effective solutions available. Vantrix provides systems that adapt rich content -- streaming video, audio, images and more -- to deliver the best customer experience on any screen over any network. We also enable deep analysis into the media journey from end-to-end and provide insights for better delivery and monetization strategies. With a heritage in video and image optimization, Vantrix has developed a high-performance, scalable platform to meet the unique needs of service providers today and into the future. Our solutions are deployed in more than 65 networks worldwide. Visit us at www.vantrix.com.

About Kontron in Communications
Kontron SYMVIO series of integrated COTS platforms are designed to bring any infrastructure application to life deployed in telecom and cloud networks. We are experienced system architects who match our clients' network application requirements with the right hardware and software solutions for the 4G LTE Evolved Packet Core, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud infrastructure. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange (KBC). www.symkloud.com, or www.kontron.com/communications

The Kontron SYMKLOUD Series of cloud platforms solve the per space performance by designing integrated high density compute, storage and switching resources into a single 2U platform, only 21 inches deep. The flexibility of its design allows for a mix and match of Intel processors, between the Intel® Core™ i7 processor series and Intel® E3-1200 processor series, and supports a wide range of cloud infrastructure applications such those behind Big Data and content delivery networks.

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