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Friday, April 27, 2007
Sun Launches New Video Delivery OverIP Platform


Sun introduced the Sun Streaming System, a scalable and cost-effective video delivery platform for cable and telecommunications operators.

The system was unveiled at the 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan. It leverages the Solaris 10 Operating System to deliver the highest video streaming capacity in the industry by enabling cost-effective personalized video delivery over existing optical network infrastructure, according to the company.

Sun's system design enables the Sun Streaming System to support up to 160,000 simultaneous, unique video streams at the rate of 2Mbps and a price of less than $50 per stream for complete video headend. Thirty-two integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet optical networking ports combine multiplexing, switching and routing all in one high-density video streaming package.

The Sun Streaming System is an integrated platform that is composed of a distributed software suite running on Sun Fire x64 systems, storage and switching technologies. Key components of the Sun Streaming System are the new Sun Streaming Software, the new Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch, the Sun Fire X4500 data server and the Sun Fire X4100 systems.

Sun Streaming Software: Based on open industry standards, the Sun Streaming Software is a single point of control to operate and manage the entire video streaming system. The software enables operators to reduce time to market for deploying new services by supporting more than 20 video streaming features, such as: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats; bit-rate support from 1Mbps to 20 Mbps; standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) streaming; encrypted and clear content streaming; at least six trick-play settings; Network Personal Video Recorder (nPVR) capabilities; and splicing and personalized playlists for permission-based target advertising. Open software standards, such as CORBA, XML, HTTP and RTSP, allow operators to easily integrate third-party components for an end-to-end video headend solution.

Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch: A scalable memory cache-based content switching and streaming engine, the Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch provides the highest available streaming density at 320 Gbps and up to 2 terabytes (TB) of memory to enable scalable video streaming with a low cost per stream.

Sun Fire X4500 server: The Sun Fire X4500 server powered by Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors delivers the performance of a four-way x64 server and the highest storage density available, with 24 TB of storage in seven inches of rack space for up to 9,400 hours of 2Mbps video content storage.

The Sun Streaming System is available now.


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