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Motorola rolls out new line of multi-screen media servers

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 8:55am
Mike Robuck

Today, Motorola’s Mobile Devices and Home division took the wraps off of a new line of media servers that were designed to deliver multimedia content and services across TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

Motorola said the new M3 Media Server family will be offered as part of the Motorola Media Delivery System, which also includes the Motorola CPS-1000 Content Propagation System for cable and the BitBand Maestro content delivery network (CDN) management system for over-the-top (OTT) Internet video and IPTV environments.

The new server line is slated to begin shipping in the third quarter.

“Video service providers are looking for new ways to cost-effectively deliver high-value media to their subscribers across all three screens without overwhelming their networks’ limited bandwidth capabilities or sacrificing the quality of the end-user experience,” said Bob Wilson, vice president of Motorola’s Networked Video Solutions Group. “The new Motorola M3 Media Server gives service providers a highly configurable solution that can support the delivery of content across TV, Internet and mobile video platforms from a single platform.”

The company said the new server line utilizes sophisticated software designed to optimize the performance and reliability of commodity off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, enabling revenue-generating services such as video-on-demand, Internet video, time-shifted TV, network DVR and on-demand advertising. It can be deployed in either clusters of high-performance rack mount servers or in high-availability, chassis-based blade server platforms.

The Motorola M3 Media Server family initially comprises four primary platforms and represents the integration of best-in-class technology from Motorola’s acquisitions of Broadbus Technologies and BitBand Technologies:

M3-S100 – A solid-state edge server that supports 2,500 SD streams in a one-rack unit enclosure.

M3-S200 – A library server and video streamer that stores up to 12 TB of media content per two rack units, while simultaneously enabling live ingest and streaming.

M3-C600 and C1000 Media Centers – Massively scalable, modular systems for three-screen media delivery, supporting up to 40,000 SD streams, up to 12 TB of Flash storage from a 10-rack unit chassis, and the ability to run streaming, management, distribution and certified third-party applications within a single platform.

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