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Cloud with a Silver Lining

The MaxCore carrier cloud platform which launched just a couple of months ago is designed with such density and versatility that it enables operators to decrease the cost of OTT video in their networks. That’s the claim of developer Artesyn, whose director of server acceleration marketing Linsey Miller, tells The IBC Daily, “The modern microserver or small-bladed high-performance computing system has been dominated by the kind of dedicated appliances that our broadcast and networking customers have told us they are wary of being locked in to.

“The MaxCore platform brings the first open, standards-based option of its kind to developers of solutions for broadcast and content provider cloud deployments,” she added.

“Combined with Artesyn’s Silver Lining enabling software, which uses OpenFlow and OpenStack technology, this enables service providers to eliminate multiple application-specific hardware platforms and save both capital expense and operating expense.”

Housed in a single 3U MaxCore platform, the appliance is capable of supporting up to 616 streams of 1080p HD video, which equals over 200 streams per rack unit. Comparable server platforms claim between 90 and 110 streams per rack unit, while the industry average using standard rack mount servers is 5.54 streams per rack unit.

The company claimed that while standard rack mount servers are ideal for smaller scale density requirements, MaxCore is optimised for hosted cloud and high density deployments.