P2P streaming in an enterprise environment
Expect to see more networks and broadcasters
starting trials of these P2P large-scale streaming solutions in an effort to improve their perceived media
quality while reducing their bandwidth costs.
5. Enterprise P2P Streaming
The P2P large-scale streaming option can be used
within enterprises. The technology is almost the same,
but the problem space as well as the packaging of the
technology is rather different.
The problem space here revolves around a social
event happening within the enterprise, for example, a
quarterly update by the CEO. In a large multinational,
when many employees tune in to the streamed video
session, this creates a load on the corporate network.
In Figure 6, we see a corporation with two offices,
where multiple employees within each office are watching the same video stream. With the classic cloud video streaming techniques, the bitrate required in each
office to maintain the service would be the number of
employees multiplied by the bitrate of the stream. With
HD video, this can get too big too fast for an enterprise
One solution to that is creating ad-hoc P2P networks
within each office where pieces of the stream get shared
directly among peers, reducing the strain on the internet connection of the office.
These services have used proprietary technologies
that required software downloads, and are now being
made available in the browser via WebRTC. The most
notable player in this space making use of WebRTC
is Hive Streaming.
As video becomes ever more important in enterprises, expect these types of technologies to become part
of the services focusing on the enterprise.
An Increase in WebRTC Use for Streaming
In 2018, we will see an increase in the technologies,
vendors, and customers that end up using WebRTC for
their streaming needs. As vendors explore WebRTC,
they are finding new ways in wielding it to solve their
technical challenges and deliver better experiences
to their customers.
With the imminent death of Flash, this use and focus
on WebRTC is only going to increase. What other choice
do we have when it comes to low-latency streaming?
Tsahi Levent-Levi ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is an independent analyst
and consultant for communication technologies and a co-founder and CEO
at testRTC. He is also the author and editor of BlogGeek.me, which focuses
on the ecosystem and business opportunities around WebRTC and CPaaS.
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