engineers shift their attention from multiple devices to a single
integrated workflow and the services it delivers; meanwhile,
the IT team recognizes media processing as a complex service
requiring significant compute resources.
There are numerous ways to transition to the cloud. Operators
can start with a trial, launch a limited number of live streams,
or provide one-time coverage of sports, musical, or other special
events. Another option is using the cloud for service mirroring of a
high-demand event, or for disaster recovery to protect established
linear broadcasting channels. Services with frequently changing
lineups or variable demand are good candidates for cloud-native
processing. In a greenfield scenario, a service provider could
leverage the efficiencies of a software as a service (SaaS) solution
to launch a full menu of live and on-demand services.
Media professionals should evaluate their workflow needs
and tolerance for deployment complexity. If the workflow is fixed
and channel lineup changes are infrequent, an appliance or
virtual appliance can serve current needs and provide a future
migration path. Workflows with greater complexity—as required
for deploying live, live-to-VOD and time-shifted OTT services—
are well served by cloud-native media processing solutions.
HARMONIC CLOUD SOLUTIONS
Following a long history of video delivery infrastructure
leadership, Harmonic is now applying its expertise to cloud-native
media processing solutions: VOS Cloud and VOS 360. VOS is a
comprehensive software application that transforms traditional
video preparation and delivery architectures into a fully integrated
set of microservices.
Both VOS Cloud and VOS 360 feature the hallmarks of
scalability, openness, simplicity, and agility. While VOS Cloud
is a software application, ready to be deployed in a private or
public cloud environment, the VOS 360 managed service is
hosted, maintained and managed by Harmonic over the public
cloud. Both offerings feature a common, unified workflow built
around six essential microservices: ingest, playout, graphics,
transcoding, encryption, and delivery.
Workflow orchestration and delivery are optimized on VOS
Cloud and VOS 360 with advanced features like streamlined
content capture, UHD support, personalized ad insertion, and
In VOS, infrastructure orchestration is optimized via the
application’s ability to automatically release compute nodes
when they are not in use. VOS is designed to grow with a user’s
needs. When additional resources are required, the system
will automatically ask for them; when fewer resources could be
used, they are automatically released.
• Simplified deployment of live streaming, VOD, time-shift,
and cloud DVR services
• Spin up and tear down of services independently, in minutes
• Template-based workflows for rapid and consistent configuration
• Automatic load-balancing and deployment of services
across available compute resources
• Integration with leading data analytics software systems
ABOUT HARMONIC INC.
Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and
services, enables media companies and service providers to deliver
ultra-high-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers
globally. Providing market-leading innovation, high-quality service
and compelling total cost-of-ownership, the company enables its
customers to produce and deliver amazing video experiences with
unequalled business agility and operational efficiency. Harmonic’s
latest software-based OTT solutions provide the tools to prepare,
manage and monetize high-quality live and VOD content to every
screen. Whether deployed on appliances, in the cloud, or as a fully
managed service, Harmonic solutions support the entire media
processing chain, simplifying the delivery of revenue-generating,
next-generation OTT streaming services.
More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Harmonic VOS enables a comprehensive cloud-native OTT media processing workflow.