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SeaChange debuts Memory Blade at Emerging Technologies conference

Combined with SeaChange’s MediaCluster architecture (pictured), the Memory Blade facilitates the reliable and cost-efficient delivery of content.

SeaChange International debuted its add-on Memory Streaming Blade last week in Tampa at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Conference on Emerging Technologies 2006.

The blade, Seachange said, is the latest building block in the company’s strategy to help television operators gain the advantages of a mix memory and disk resources — adding streams, storage and ingest independently, in convenient increments to new or previously deployed VOD Systems without adding servers.

The blade’s advantages are realized by SeaChange’s Axiom video operation system software, which dynamically manages the lifespan of content, including real-time capture from broadcast and other sources. Combined with SeaChange’s MediaCluster architecture, the Memory Blade supports the most reliable and cost-efficient means of delivering the escalating long tail of on-demand television content, the company said.

The Memory Streaming Blade caches on-demand’s most popular content in on-board memory so that nearly 1000 streams per blade can be served without impacting a server’s disk performance. With four GigE ports and 3.7Gb/s throughput, it allows operators to scale inexpensively.

Announced separately, the SeaChange Ingest Blade eliminates the network bottleneck that restricts ingest capacity, adding up to 100Mb/s of ingest capacity to existing servers. Ingest blades provide a dramatic improvement in ingest capacity at a low cost to meet the needs of new and demanding applications like time-shifted television and network PVR.

With these seamless blade additions, even the smallest server can record more than 50 channels simultaneously and deliver thousands of on-demand streams to subscribers, scaling to hundreds of simultaneous ingest channels and tens of thousands of on-demand streams in the patented MediaCluster architecture.

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