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IBM Aspera® Streaming

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Industry leaders such as FOX Sports have used the Aspera Streaming technology to disrupt the status quo with its capabilities and advancements.

As an example, IBM Aspera Streaming enables customers to centralize remote production of high bit-rate live programming, eliminating the need to co-locate costly production staff at remote venues. It supports in-line transcoding and packaging to accelerate live video delivery and facilitates open file workflows for real-time editing and production. By lowering the production costs for all kinds of events, broadcasters can create and deliver new content targeting new audiences.

Designed to revolutionize the way live and near-live high definition video is delivered, IBM Aspera Streaming software can replace or minimize the use of expensive satellite and dedicated fiber with the timely delivery of any bit rate video over unmanaged public internet. The underlying technology can also be seamlessly embedded via a set of APIs that enable a new, broader set of IP network and cloud-based use cases and workflows. Video can be streamed as a uniform, unaltered, in-order byte stream that equally supports constant bit rate and adaptive bit rate formats. Aspera Streaming-enabled solutions perform exceptionally well over long-haul WANs, with negligible start up delay.

The robust, easy-to-use web application in Aspera Streaming enables:

  • Auto-discovery of streaming devices for fast, simple set-up

  • Centralized monitoring of networked streaming devices

  • Location status (online/offline) and management features

  • View devices, streams and connections from any vantage point (both sending and receiving locations)


 

Innovative streaming technology

IBM Aspera Streaming meets the challenge of today’s live video opportunities with an innovative transport solution that uses commodity Internet (IP) networks in place of costly legacy satellite delivery and dedicated fiber networks. Aspera’s patented FASP transport technology can provide the consistently exceptional broadcast quality and “zero-delay” experience of traditional satellite backhaul and transmission.

 

Stream provider and receiver interoperability

The software can transport any live video source available on local multicast, unicast UDP, unicast TCP, or growing file source and will output video to the same options. It provides a uniform lossless, in-order byte stream transport that equally supports constant bit rate and adaptive bit rate formats with performance independent of video encoding details.

 

Reliability and multi-endpoint capability

One stream source can be sent to multiple destinations concurrently and provides built-in path redundancy. Server hosts are natively clustered. Stream sessions failover automatically connect to another host. Aspera management services automatically reconnect and restart failed streams after a network outage.

 

Aspera product interoperability and management

Streaming sessions are designed for full interoperability with the Aspera file transfer stack. RESTful APIs allow production workflow and broadcast management systems to manage streams and provide status. Stream sources can include cloud and on premises transcoders and encoders that read from stream and file – or provide stream outputs or growing files.

 

High quality video delivery

One stream source can be sent to multiple destinations concurrently and provides built-in path redundancy. Server hosts are natively clustered. Stream sessions failover automatically connect to another host. Aspera management services automatically reconnect and restart failed streams after a network outage.

 

Robust security and authentication

All streaming sessions are encrypted in transit and security authenticated using standard public/private key authentication or Aspera’s multi-tenant access key system. Built-in access control policies can be used to restrict stream providers and consumers by stream protocol, IP address and ports.

 



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