Telestream And Skyline Team For Cloud-based OTT Solution

The development initiative focusses on the integration of Telestream’s cloud-based video monitoring solutions, together with Skyline Communication’s DataMiner network management, orchestration and operations support solution.

Skyline says DataMiner connects with any third-party product, appliance and cloud service to provide end-to-end infrastructure management and deployment, service orchestration and process automation. With the latest initiative, the two companies have integrated the new Telestream Cloud Stream Monitor service.

“We have created a first in this integration, since no other vendor has the breadth of cloud support or feature-scope comparison provided by the Telestream cloud stream monitoring service,” commented Ken Haren, Director of Product Management at Telestream. “The current DataMiner integration can schedule post-CDN monitoring as and when needed, and we’re excited about extending this to include contribution (transport stream) monitoring in the near future. There is nothing that competes with the Telestream cloud stream monitor service when the contribution and edge are combined.”

DataMiner uses the Telestream cloud API to control the dynamic deployment and takedown of monitoring resources to match its ability to control end-to-end video deployments. The Telestream cloud capabilities empower users to spin up stream monitoring in the cloud, on demand, under manual or automatic control from DataMiner. This facility is valuable for live events, where premium monitoring is critical, but may only be needed for the duration of the event (schedule-aware monitoring).

An additional upside is that the orchestration of the Telestream Cloud Stream Monitor service is always aligned with the actual OTT service configurations (context-aware monitoring). It also provides for supplemental geographical troubleshooting on demand, scheduled periods of monitoring for premium content as part of live channel schedules, or for synthetic testing of video-on-demand HLS or DASH assets anywhere in the world.

“This is an exciting time for streaming services leveraging the cloud for contribution and distribution,” said Steven Soenens, Skyline’s VP Product Marketing. “The new Telestream service combined with the automation provided by DataMiner provides a truly on-demand deployment, orchestration, monitoring and troubleshooting operational environment to match the transient nature of the video services we are seeing today. We are very much looking forward to seeing customers leverage the combined solution, including the more than 1500 existing DataMiner customers.”

The new service integration extends the Skyline and Telestream monitoring partnership, which already includes the Telestream IQ solutions and Prism solutions for waveform and SMPTE ST-2110 analysis.

“This integration will enable users to work in new, more efficient ways,” explained Haren. “Static monitoring is perfect and critical for more permanent video services, but for transient video services, the overhead of deploying and configuring monitoring can be cost prohibitive or may simply not be possible given time and resource constraints. The new capability not only provides on-demand monitoring with a few mouse clicks, but also charging models to suit, with extensive geographical coverage that would not be possible otherwise.”

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