Zanaware debuts new backup, recovery service

Zanaware Technologies has launched a new service that provides multiple headend device backup, recovery and monitoring for cable operators.

The service, Headend Health (HEalth) Manager Service, augments the capabilities of Zanaware’s Auto Backr Pro, which has been deployed by eight of the top-10 largest cable operators in North America.

Auto Backr Pro enables the automatic daily/weekly backup and restoration of configuration files and databases from multiple headend devices, providing instant, recovery from any system failure.

Starting at less than $300 a month, HEalth Manager offers an alternative to hardware purchase by providing Auto Backr Pro units that directly interface between multiple headend devices and Zanaware’s cloud servers.

Zanaware said HEalth Manager could save operators time by offering fully-automated security functions for up to four isolated networks simultaneously, including:

  •        Automatic new device detection/ configuration and updated profile inventory
  •        Daily backups of multiple headend devices, including set-top controllers, ad splicers, multiplexers, QAMs and encoders
  •        Real-time headend health monitoring via SNMP, syslogs and device traps
  • Instant automated re-ports including system backups, multi-vendor software versions, redundant card/chassis switchover detection and more.

“With the success and reliability of Auto Backr Pro, we looked at how to offer an added level of convenience to headend backup and widespread disaster recovery, with a minimal impact on an operator’s OpEx,” said Jay Cox, president of Zanaware. “If you could save your company thousands of dollars and prevent the loss of valuable subscribers because of a major ad splicer outage for the price of a hamburger, would you do it? This is what we want to offer the whole industry.” Zanaware’s products are available through its reseller network including Mega Hertz in the U.S. and Incospec in Canada.


Envivio integrates with Adobe Primetime

Envivio has integrated its Halo network media processor to work with Adobe Primetime. The Halo network media processor can now perform live packaging of content in the Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) format, encrypted with Adobe Primetime DRM and played out on a tablet.

Envivio encoding and video processing systems can now be used alongside Adobe Primetime to deliver and monetize a TVlike viewing experience across connected devices.

Primetime integrates Adobe's video publishing, player, DRM, advertising and analytics solutions to eliminate the complexity of reaching audiences across screens and to create the best digital video experience while also ensuring the greatest advertising and pay TV revenue.

Primetime's interoperable components can be deployed individually or as a full platform.

Adobe Primetime launched last month at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas with Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group announced as the first two customers for the multi-screen platform.


OMG: Pixelmetrix expands OTT lineup

Pixelmetrix has added another offering to its over-the-top (OTT) product line with the recent addition of the company’s OTT Media Grinder (OMG) Lite.

The OTT Media Grinder simulates multiple OTT clients, such as iPhone and iPad devices, with multiple user-defined behaviors. Simulating multiple client pools playing real assets, to the end or abruptly terminating, OMG gives service providers visibility of adaptive bit rate “gear changes',” buffering, as well as server and network problems.

There are two models available: the full featured OMG supports up to 2,000 clients, while the less costly OMG-Lite supports up to 10 clients.

To quantify the unique QoS/ QoE performance factors for OTT video, Pixelmetrix has developed its VideoMargin Metrics, for insight into the OTT delivery - measuring network, HTTP and video layer performance.

“We're observing steady demands and streams of encouraging feedback from customers and prospective customers alike, on our OMG offering,” Pixelmetrix president and CEO Danny Wilson said. “While the OMGLite fits well on a shoestring budget, there is no shortfall on functionality.

It's all about customers' choice – compared to more complicated products on the market, customers can choose any combination of the OMG-Lite and/or full-featured OMG to best suit their environments.”