Edgeware has been listed on the Swedish Stockholm NASDAQ exchange since December 2016.
Edgeware has announced its first container-based software packages in time for demonstration at IBC 2018, enabling the firm to offer its technology on a SaaS (Software as a Service) basis.
The Swedish firm Edgeware has revealed plans to migrate the its software into containers, including CDN selection, repackaging, ad insertion and watermark embedding.
Containers evolved as a solution to the software portability problem by providing an insulating layer that deals directly with the specific protocols and hardware dependencies of a given system. To achieve this, containers are isolated from each other and have their own tools, libraries and configuration files bundled in, communicating among themselves through well-defined channels. These containers can then be used to move software between hardware running different operating systems and in particular to virtual machines running in the cloud on COTS (Common Off The Shelf) systems for example to bring agility and scalability at optimal cost.
Docker has emerged as a popular way of creating and then deploying software within these containers. It comprises open source tools that help achieve the mantra of “Build, Ship, and Run Anywhere”.
However, for contemporary cloud-based services, whether in video distribution or other sectors, Docker is just a starting point. Demand for faster more flexible and responsive development of enhancements, updates and features, as well as more major service releases, has led to evolution of microservices where applications are broken into smaller more manageable components. It requires some way of running multiple containers across different machines to provide the required diversity and this in turn calls for a higher-level platform capable of coordinating these and ensuring each container is invoked at the right time. This is where Kubernetes comes in as an open source container orchestration platform, allowing large numbers of containers to work together hopefully in harmony.
Kubernetes was developed by Google and introduced in 2014 including tools for deploying, maintaining and scaling inter-operable software components within an open cloud service. To conform with the requirements for flexible microservices the components were designed to be loosely coupled so that they could operate within as wide a variety of services as possible, as well being extensible to new functions as they come along.
Container-based versions of Edgeware’s software products have already been verified on the Google Cloud Platform. They are now ready to be deployed in all major cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services and OpenStack systems, according to the company. “We had already used a microservice-based design architecture in our software, enabling our Origin solutions to scale independently for ingest and egress requirements – which is ideal for adding temporary capacity, for example,” said Johan Bolin, VP products at Edgeware. “The new containerized versions of our system allow our customers to benefit from a public or private cloud deployment.”
Bolan added, “Cloud platforms are attractive because of their adaptability, and containers were designed for the cloud. They add even greater agility and efficiency, are easy to maintain and upgrade and can be integrated into head-end cloud solutions and workflows.”
The containerized solutions can be deployed in combination with Edgeware’s own purpose-built TV servers, data center deployments and COTS hardware. The firm claims this allows customers to ‘mix and match’ deployment platforms and capitalize on values such as an agile cloud deployment, along with distributed edge servers for best possible viewing experience.
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