Agility of a software defined network, with assurance from guaranteed service isolation.
For media providers looking to increase the value of their networks and grow their wallet share, tomorrow’s media networks will need to support fast service deployment with uncompromised broadcast quality, automation of everything from operations to connectivity, and the ability to support a mix of application types.
To meet these demands, tomorrow’s media networks must provide agility and assurance. And as always, they will need to provide standardized and interoperable interfaces.
Deploying IP-based media interfaces on everything from cameras to studio equipment makes media production more flexible, enabling the shift to software and cloud resources. It also means that media and network functionality can be realized in software – everywhere from event sites to studio locations. But software-based media and network functions don’t add value by themselves – they need the support of an underlying network to provide vital agility and assurance.
With a service-aware overlay, the network underlay remains service agnostic, simply moving data from A to B. Managing different service types with different requirements is typically achieved with one overlay per type of service, all sharing a common underlay. By decoupling services from the underlying infrastructure, you get automated provisioning and simplified development – new service requirements only impact the overlay, leaving the underlay unchanged.
Not only that, the service-aware overlay handles both scaling and service-specific requirements, like agility and broadcast quality assurance. It effectively hides individual services from the network underlay, leaving it free to focus on performance and capacity.
Overlays automate provisioning and simplify service creation, allowing underlying infrastructure changes as and where needed, while maintaining a unified service layer.
In yesterday’s media networks, the tight coupling of services and infrastructure meant every round of new tech turned network investments into sunk costs. Overlays change all that.
Media Fabric combines the agility of a software-defined network with the assurance that you can only get from guaranteed service isolation. It does so over the top, on any IP network, and its combination of agility, assurance, and ease of management helps network owners and operators be more efficient, innovative, and competitive – with faster time to market on new services.
With the coming addition of virtualized media network nodes, Media Fabric will provide a virtual overlay extendable all the way to virtual machines and users.
Media Fabric supports exponential growth in end-points and enables use cases such as media transport from the camera to the studio, giving virtual playout in any data center.
Now, finally, media can cross last mile networks without sacrificing broadcast quality.
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