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Harmonic Demos Virtualized Video Architecture on Moonshot

At the recent HP Discover event in Las Vegas, Harmonic demonstrated its new virtualized media processing platform, called “VOS,” running on an HP Moonshot system—consisting of extremely low-energy servers that are customized for specific applications such as video transcoding—to spotlight how different modules within the extensible software architecture can virtualize media processing—such as Harmonic’s new Electra XVM integrated software package—to support a complete workflow from input of source video to output of transcoded, branded video with logos for multiscreen delivery.

Leveraging VOS on an HP Moonshot system, both video content providers and service providers can reduce operational costs, as well as space, power, and cooling requirements, for broadcast and multiscreen delivery. The benefits of migrating to a virtualized video infrastructure are clear.

Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic, said the demonstration showed how the VOS architecture for virtualized media processors can be hosted on an HP Moonshot system to enable high-density media processing far beyond what can be achieved via traditional blade-based server systems.

“Harnessing a software-defined, integrated, and operationally elastic infrastructure provided by Harmonic and HP, video content can be created and delivered faster and more affordably than ever before,” he said.

Harmonic VOS enables completely virtualized media processing from a single software platform, encompassing historically discrete functions from ingest to playout, graphics, branding, compression, packaging, and delivery for broadcast and multiscreen applications. By bringing all media processing functions into one simplified, unified platform and workflow, VOS gives providers operational flexibility, scalability and efficiency when coupled with the HP Moonshot system.

Utilizing HP Moonshot, video content providers and service providers can host an entire cluster of Electra XVM virtualized media processors. By incorporating common components like management, networking, cooling, and power elements into the Moonshot chassis, the HP Moonshot system can accommodate 45 individually serviceable hotplug solution cartridges in a 4.3U form factor.

Both companies said that as a combined solution, Harmonic VOS and HP Moonshot lower the total cost of ownership for media processing, enabling video content providers and service providers to quickly and cost-effectively launch new video services while reducing CAPEX and OPEX.

“With today’s rapidly growing use of media enabled devices, there is a strong need for delivering transcoded media streams in real time to end users,” said Susan Blocher, vice president of Moonshot marketing and business development, at HP, in a statement. “HP Moonshot combined with the Harmonic VOS virtualized media processing capability will significantly reduce operational costs, as well as space, power, and cooling requirements for broadcast and multiscreen delivery.”