Arris hit the market with a new high-density video streaming server designed to comfortably handle the demands of multi-screen delivery. 

The new XMS Flex is part of the company's ConvergeMedia Distribution platform line. The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server includes a new Streaming Media Engine (SME), combined with terabytes of storage, all devised to achieve the highest performance and density at the lowest possible cost, while still supporting a full range of video applications.

XMS Flex offers the choice between 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps streaming modules, as well as internal and external storage modules, scaling up to 30 Gbps of fully redundant streaming bandwidth per 2RU chassis and up to 384 terabytes of content storage and caching, Arris said.

Multiple XMS Flex servers may be deployed with the Arris ConvergeMedia Management Platform to scale streaming and storage capacity in a cloud architecture.

Features of the XMS Flex/SME include:

  • High-density, Linux-based COTS platform for deployment in a managed content delivery network (CDN)
  • Multiple codec, container and transport protocol support for delivery of multi-screen services
  • Single platform for VOD, time-shifted TV, linear and advanced advertising applications
  • Independent scaling of ingest, storage and streaming with support for adaptive streaming technologies (Smooth Streaming, Apple HTTP-Live Streaming)
  • Streaming resiliency for high availability
  • Performance tuning for any application through its storage versatility

"XMS Flex meets the needs of service providers around the world as they migrate to CDN-based video distribution," said Arris vice president and general manager of the On Demand Unit Joe Matarese. "Flex's versatility and configurability allow it to hit the performance 'sweet spot' at both the core and the edge of the network, while bringing the ability to independently add and scale resources without service disruption."