Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Ankeena eases three-screen content delivery with Media Flow Director
Ankeena Networks, a provider of infrastructure technology (and formerly known as Nokeena Networks) has introduced the latest version of its Internet media delivery solution, called Media Flow Director(MFD) v2.0. There’s expanded support for additional streaming formats as well as new technology partnerships that are important to its advancement in the market.
MFD 2.0 utilizes media intelligence, storage organization and multitier caching technology to scale media throughput and improve user experience for both live and on-demand streaming.
The solution allows service providers, content delivery networks and content owners to leverage their existing network infrastructure to deliver media and rich content to televisions, PCs and mobile devices, regardless of media format or delivery protocol. This significantly lowers content delivery costs and streamlines network management while providing a smooth TV-like viewing experience.
MFD 2.0 is a compact (1RU) software appliance that enhances and streamlines the existing network infrastructure. By leveraging the Ankeena MFD 2.0, providers can meet the quality of experience (QoE) demands of customers, achieve consistent and reliable media delivery and lower delivery costs.
The Ankeena MFD supports all forms of Internet media, including adaptive, on-demand and live. It provides HTTP-based adaptive streaming technologies to support Move Networks adaptive Streaming, Apple’s HTTP Streaming and Microsoft SmoothStreaming. In addition, Ankeena MFD can serve as a platform to support extended functionality such as third-party media servers and load balancers to provide a comprehensive delivery solution.
The system can run on standard 64-bit x86 servers and deliver mixed-media content using multiple protocols such as HTTP, RTSP and RTMP. Additionally, Media Flow Director supports multitenancy, various caching policies and multiple ways of populating and purging content. The MFD can also be deployed in origin, edge or midtier locations to improve users’ online experience and to reduce the infrastructure delivery costs.