Harmonic, Mirantis partner on OpenStack media processing solution

TV cameras at IBC TV studios (Sam Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo)
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Harmonic and Mirantis have partnered to provide media content and service providers with a media processing solution for live and VOD production on OpenStack.

The open-source solution means customers should be able to manage media production and delivery workflow for broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) applications on standard IT hardware in a scalable cloud environment.

The companies say the joint solution has been deployed by a “leading North American service provider,” and is in trials with other service providers worldwide.

"Harmonic and Mirantis share a common belief: that video content production and delivery should be simple, agile and efficient," said Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder of Mirantis, in a statement. "Our work with Harmonic expands the scope of media processing in the cloud. Service providers can use the joint solution to launch new broadcast and OTT services with amazing video quality and a short time to market."

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Mirantis said its Cloud Platform uses architectural principles developed by Google and a build-operate-transfer model to minimize lock-in and costs in traditional cloud delivery approaches. The Cloud Platform currently is in beta testing and will become generally available by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The VOS Cloud software solution features an automated video and cloud formation technology using standard OpenStack deployment templates. Other capabilities include live video encoding with time-shift TV services, as well as VOD and cloud DVR.

"Unleashing the power of VOS Cloud software on the Mirantis Cloud Platform will stimulate monumental change in the industry, allowing video content and service providers to compete on a level that was never possible before, in terms of speed and flexibility," said Bart Spriester, senior vice president of video products at Harmonic, in a statement. "We chose Mirantis as an ecosystem partner because they're a major player in the OpenStack market and provide a robust set of OpenStack control-plane services that can be used with best-in-class infrastructure."