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SeaChange Memory Blade boosts on-demand streaming

The new blade turns existing SeaChange servers into hybrid memory-disk servers, which are better suited to VOD
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The compact SeaChange Memory Blade fits right inside many SeaChange MediaCluster video server (pictured) chasses, adding greater capacity within the same IP Video System footprint.

SeaChange has introduced an add-on for existing SeaChange IP Video Systems, called a Memory Streaming Blade, that increases total on-demand streaming capacity by a factor of eight. It allows television operators to stream their most popular content from memory, while leaving the less popular “long-tail” content on more cost-efficient disks.

The new blade effectively turns existing SeaChange servers into hybrid memory-disk servers, which represents the most efficient model for on-demand streaming. The compact SeaChange Memory Blade fits right inside many SeaChange MediaCluster video server chasses, adding greater capacity within the same IP Video System footprint.

The blade combines on-board memory and processing power, with its own GigE network connections. Multiple Memory Streaming Blades can be inserted per server chassis, allowing customers to gain tens of thousands of additional streams from a single MediaCluster rack with this first blade release.

The power of the new Memory Blade is fully realized by SeaChange’s Axiom Open Suite software, which allocates on-demand content to stream from memory, disks or the library, in response to traffic requirements. It also manages real-time content capture on the system. Axiom even helps operators to determine where to place memory blades.

And it does all this while managing sessions and resources for all video network functions, including storage, streaming and application network services to ensure streaming and network bandwidth is optimized. It also provides seamless access for client applications.

SeaChange will debut the Memory Blade in demonstrations during the SCTE Emerging Technology Conference in January. Customer shipments will begin in early 2006.

For more information, visit www.seachange.tv.

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