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Kasenna bows VOD server line

Mon, 02/10/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Kasenna Inc., one of a growing number of companies trying to elbow its way into the domestic cable VOD sector, has launched a line of media servers designed for large-scale and smaller system deployments.

The servers come pre-configured with Kasenna's MediaBase XMP software and patent-pending "Cluster Manager" software that aims to boost streaming, storage and redundancy elements as required by the operator.

Kasenna's media server line includes the "OmbiBase," an entry-level system for low stream-count applications that targets hospitality, education and enterprise deployments that require streaming bandwidth of less than 90 Mbps. The 3 RU-high "SpeedBase" server is for mid-range deployments and offers up to 600 Mbps of streaming bandwidth. Finally, Kasenna's GigaBase platform is for large-scale VOD deployments, supporting up to 1200 Mbps of streaming bandwidth and as much as 1900 gigabytes of MPEG-2 content storage.

Kasenna also is planning to introduce enhanced versions of its media servers for the cable industry that boost the streaming bandwidth of the SpeedBase and GigaBase to 800 Mbps and 1600 Mbps, respectively.

Kasenna, a spin-off of Silicon Graphics Inc., has deployed more than 2,300 video servers thus far.

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