Concurrent gets RAM tough
Targeting bigger storage and higher ingest rates, Concurrent Computer Corp. has unveiled the MediaHawk 4500, a RAM-based video-on-demand system.
Concurrent execs said the system can hook into its existing disk-based VOD systems, or be used to support "greenfield" deployments. Concurrent expects the new platform to become available commercially in Q3 2006.
Concurrent said the 2-RU (rack unit) platform will store more than 20,000 hours of on-demand content and handle ingest rates greater than 2,500 hours per day.
The company said several factors are driving the need for operators to add more RAM to VOD systems, including the emergence of HD-VOD, rapidly growing on-demand content libraries, and network-based DVR systems.
The new server is also designed for more uptime. While a 97 percent reliability rate has been "okay" in recent years, new expectations for VOD have raised the bar to the region of 99.9 percent, said Concurrent President & CEO Gary Trimm.
Although more expensive RAM is part of the VOD equation now, Concurrent said its approach differs from that of Broadbus Technologies. Instead of using RAM exclusively, Concurrent envisions that operators will place the MediaHawk 4500 next to disk-based systems, and that a title's popularity will determine which medium is used.