SeaChange is preparing a new streaming and storage system it says is capable of delivering up to 5,000 streams from a 1RU box. The company will complement that with video storage system with a capacity of 144 TB.

The Universal Media Streamer (UMS) flash memory-based server supports multiple video formats, including constant and variable bit rate SD and HD, HTTP and Adobe Flash among others, making it suitable for multi-screen video delivery to TVs, PCs and mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhone.

Unique to the UMS, SeaChange claims, is its intelligent block caching algorithm, which caches frequently accessed blocks of a video asset to minimize access to the content delivery network (CDN) and maximize flash memory lifespan, resulting in higher quality of service and operations cost savings.

The new Universal MediaLibrary (UML) comes in a 5RU Matrix Storage Array. The chassis design of the UML consists of six blades that are serviceable even while operational.  Each blade module contains 12 top-load drive slots that enable simple drive replacement without impacting operations.

Both products will be featured at NAB and will be available for order in the second half of 2010, the company said.

The UMS is available in 3TB and 6TB configurations that can store up to 1,500 and 3,000 hours of MPEG2 video, respectively

“SeaChange supports the opportunities for CDNs through a combination of open software solutions with high performance and flexible storage and streaming resources,” said Lev Vaitzblit, vice president of engineering, servers and storage, SeaChange.

“Operators must be able to manage the seamless flow of content in multiple versions and formats from ingest to delivery seamlessly and cost-effectively.  With the combination of comprehensive software products such as our AssetFlow content and metadata workflow management solution, along with our new generation UMS and UML resources, SeaChange is helping operators further leverage their SeaChange back office to evolve toward CDNs that will support a true anytime, anywhere video experience.”

SeaChange will also introduce a broadcast version of the UML at NAB, which is an IP hub optimized for tapeless infrastructures that can function as a play-to-air server and production storage platform for non-linear editing systems.  With edit-in-place support, the UML enables content manipulation during ingest.  Paired with SeaChange’s MediaClient software codecs, play-to-air MediaClusters or standalone edge servers, it meets playout requirements for any size broadcast environment.

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