At the 2018 IBC Conference, Aspera Moved the World’s Digital Content at Maximum Speed

At the 2018 IBC show, IBM Aspera introduced an extensive set of product updates designed to provide faster, easier access to Aspera technology and to showcase its high-speed data transfer solutions. Aspera continues to aggressively expand its capabilities across all major clouds to provide scalable, reliable infrastructure with the global reach required to meet the needs of live broadcasts, on demand video, and OTT content solutions.

New product innovations have been introduced to ensure Aspera customers get up and running fast. Their new Streaming for Video solution, powered by FASPStream technology, now offers a new ability to quickly and easily launch and monitor connections within a simple web-based UI. 

The company also previewed their new Streaming for Video Connection Manager, which offers auto-discovery, management and monitoring of streaming devices to enable quick and easy live and near-live streaming globally over commodity internet, even when facing difficult network conditions. 

New automation functionality within the Cloud helps users quickly configure event-driven transfer workflows. Organizations can streamline content delivery workflows by allowing transfers to be triggered by an action such as a submission to a Shared Inbox or shared folder, or an API call.

Additionally, the company's Streaming for Video service was built to revolutionize the way live and near-live high definition video is delivered.  The software can replace or minimise the use of expensive satellite and dedicated fiber with the timely delivery of any bit rate video over unmanaged public internet. The underlying FASPStream protocol can also be seamlessly embedded via a set of APIs that enable a new, broader set of IP network and cloud-based use cases and workflows.

With the latest version of the software, users can quickly launch, stop and monitor video streams through a new web-based user interface. 

A preview of the upcoming Connection Manager showcases a robust, easy-to-use web application in Streaming for Video that enables:

  • Auto-discovery of network streaming devices for fast, simple set-up
  • Centralized monitoring of streaming network devices (online/offline)
  • Location status (online/offline) and management features
  • View devices, streams and connections from any vantage point (both sending and receiving locations) 

Aspera’s data transfer ecosystem has grown substantially, providing the broadest, most accessible transfer technology to customers, partners, SaaS and software vendors, and appliance manufacturers.

IBM Aspera on Cloud.

IBM Aspera on Cloud.

The technology powers over a hundred technology partnerships and joint partner solutions, including T-21 who has embedded the company's technology into its appliances to rapidly and securely transport video with low overhead and low delay over the public internet.

New this fall is the KnoxMediaHub solution that uses Aspera on Cloud for content submission into their SaaS distribution and management platform. The Aspera on Cloud SaaS offering is now hosted in 28 data centers spanning all market-leading clouds around the globe.

The service has been translated into multiple languages including Spanish, French, Chinese, and more. As a result, in the months since the April 2018 release, more than 2500 organizations have utilized the service to send, share and upload over fifteen petabytes of data across global distances and between multiple clouds. 

“Festily delivers film festivals that range in size from large jewel events to small town affairs. We use IBM Aspera because, regardless of the festival’s infrastructure, the Aspera technology just works.”
— Colin Carter, Founder of CineSend

Using IBM Aspera on Cloud, organisations can seamlessly access, send and share data stored across multiple clouds and on-premises data centres. Internal and external users collaborate over the data in a secure environment that tightly controls access to content and application functionality. 

Large files and data sets are transferred across storage environments using Aspera’s patented FASP protocol and Direct-to-Cloud technology.

Since the launch of IBM Aspera on Cloud in March 2018, significant updates have been made to the hosted solution, including: 

  • Enhancements to reporting, including detailed activity and volume monitoring, and updates to the notifications functionality of Shared Inboxes
  • A preview of the ability to trigger transfers and notifications based upon receipt of a file into a Shared Inbox or shared folder
  • New capability to tether and centrally manage high-availability clusters running Aspera High-Speed Transfer Server v3.9.
  • Expanded presence across all major cloud platforms in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia
  • New translations of the user interface into Spanish, French, Simple and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, Korean, and Russian
  • Continued emphasis on a streamlined user experience and improved usability with newly-integrated guided tours and application walkthroughs 
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