Varnish Software has developed a 5G-ready content delivery network which aims to harness the power of 5G and mobile edge computing.
Varnish Edge Cloud is a carrier-grade, 5G-ready virtualised CDN and edge caching software solution which the company says will open up customers’ services and revenue streams, while handling more client requests with less infrastructure utilisation.
The Varnish Edge Cloud nodes can be scaled on demand, whether deployed at the network edge in virtualised PoPs, in aggregate data centres or between 5G base stations.
“Varnish Edge Cloud is the next stage in the evolution of Varnish,” said Lars Larsson, CEO, Varnish Software. “As mobile devices come to dominate how content is accessed, and increasing levels of data processing occur at the network edge, the speed and latency of content delivery is more important than ever. Consumer expectations of 5G have been set high, but to make these a reality, operators are going to have to rethink how they architect their systems, and move storage and caching needs to take place at the outermost edge of the network.”
Gracenote aims to connect sports fans and content with new Catalogs data solution
Gracenote has launched a new data solution that aims to connect sports fans to content available across different OTT sources.
Gracenote Streaming Sports Catalogs leverages the company’s metadata and content IDs to package description information for live sports events, availability information, deep links and related content on popular OTT services.
At launch, Streaming Sports Catalogs covers games played by the major North American leagues including professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey. According to Gracenote, the product also includes popular sports such as tennis and golf which attract massive fan bases in Europe and around the globe.
M2A Media expands Cloud IP transport service M2A Connect
M2A Media has added a new service that gives rights holders the ability to offer broadcasters a greater choice of content on a self-serve basis to its M2A Connect platform.
M2A Connect Source Selector enables rights owners to dynamically set up subscription options allowing broadcasters to view and select from a range of available live feeds, while maintaining full control and visibility over what content is ultimately made available.
M2A Media said the new service streamlines interactions between rights-owners and subscribers, as subscribers are entitled to take direct control when routing feeds into their own infrastructure.
NAGRA, FIH launch Watch.Hockey app
NAGRA has teamed up with the International Hockey Federation to launch a new fan engagement app.
Watch.Hockey is powered by NAGRA’s “sports-as-a-service” platform and provides hockey fans with access to live matches on web, mobile and smart TVs. Other features of the app include live scores, results, statistics, personalised and trending content, as well as access to replays, highlights, archived content, and news.
“Our fans and community are at the centre of everything that we do, and now we can bring the sport that unites all of us to them in an innovative way to enable a new level of engagement,” said FIH CEO Thierry Weil. “Launching Watch.Hockey in the current context makes it particularly meaningful. I encourage the global hockey community to download the app now and start enjoying its rich, diverse and exciting content. I want to thank our partner NAGRA, whose teams have been by our side all these months to make this project a reality.”