Harmonic has announced a new partnership that is providing media content and service providers with access to the industry’s first media processing solution for live and VOD production on OpenStack. Mirantis and Harmonic have ensured interoperability of Harmonic’s VOS™ Cloud media processing solution and Mirantis’ cloud platform, allowing customers to manage the entire media production and delivery workflow for broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) applications on standard IT hardware in a scalable cloud environment. The joint solution has successfully been deployed by a leading North American service provider, and is in numerous trials with other service providers worldwide.
“Harmonic and Mirantis share a common belief: that video content production and delivery should be simple, agile and efficient,” said Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder of Mirantis. “Our work with Harmonic expands the scope of media processing in the cloud. Service providers can use the joint solution to launch new broadcast and OTT services with amazing video quality and a short time to market.”
Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) is a cloud-native infrastructure software based on open standards such as OpenStack, Kubernetes and Docker. It leverages architectural principles developed by Google to make it simple and cost effective to manage. Mirantis delivers MCP to enterprise customers though a build-operate-transfer model, minimizing the lock-in and ballooning costs that are typical of traditional cloud delivery approaches. MCP is currently in use by a limited number of beta customers and will become generally available by the end of Q1 2017.
The comprehensive VOS Cloud software solution, embedded with a unified code structure combining the expertise of Harmonic and recently acquired Thomson Video Networks, makes configuration, deployment and orchestration of powerful media processing and delivery workflows easy via an automated video and cloud formation technology using standard OpenStack deployment templates. Featuring capabilities such as live video encoding with time-shift TV services, as well as VOD and cloud DVR, VOS Cloud software enables service providers to generate instant revenue, without the traditional CAPEX involved with building, maintaining and operating a new headend or data center. Pay-as-you-go pricing allows service providers to realize ROI in the shortest time possible.
“Unleashing the power of VOS Cloud software on the Mirantis Cloud Platform will stimulate monumental change in the industry, allowing video content and service providers to compete on a level that was never possible before, in terms of speed and flexibility,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products, at Harmonic. “We chose Mirantis as an ecosystem partner because they’re a major player in the OpenStack market and provide a robust set of OpenStack control-plane services that can be used with best-in-class infrastructure.” – Broadcast and CableSat Bureau