Bridge Technologies Launches Virtual Probe with Core Network Functionality

Bridge Technologies has launched the VB330V, a virtual counterpart to the VB330 hardware probe for core networks. Like the VB330, the VB330V is for high-traffic monitoring in core networks but the VB330V operates on any standard high-performance server blade.

Bridge Technologies will be demonstrating a new hardware probe at IBC 2015. The VB330 and VB330V probes share the same feature set and capabilities, and can be mixed and matched to achieve the most convenient configuration, depending on the user’s requirements.

The VB330V has been developed for data center deployment, where it can be installed almost instantly on standard blade servers to allow rapid scaling of capacity, appearing identical to any hardware VB330s installed at other points in the network – for example at a point of presence (POP). The virtual VB330V is addressable by the Bridge Technologies VBC central controller-server in exactly the same way as the hardware probe, and through its Eii (External Integration Interface) can be integrated with third-party management and data systems.

Designed for extremely high-density applications at points of maximum data throughput in today’s core networks, the VB330 and VB330V offer telcos, network operators and digital media organizations a monitoring solution with the potential for scaling to match any level of traffic, and delivering monitoring and analytics of thousands of streams and a multitude of technologies in real-time and in parallel.

The VB330 and VB330V are designed for the full cross-section of services commonly found in media-related network operations, as a multi-use tool to monitor network performance involving signal formats and areas as diverse as video IP multicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, video-on-demand unicast, Ethernet packet micro bursts, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection.

Up to 500 OTT/ABR streams can be monitored at the master play-out or at CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the bulk OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft Smoothstream, Apple HLS, Adobe HDS, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.

Measurement analytics are available via easy drill-down functionality and the patented Bridge Technologies MediaWindow technology which provides easy-to-assess graphical visualisations of the data.

“Being a hardware manufacturer gives you total control over the design and performance of the box, but we always think outside the box too,” said Simen Frostad, Chairman of Bridge Technologies. “Virtualisation of the VB330 functionality for data center applications provides the best of both worlds, spanning the requirements of operators in the IP and broadcast domains.”

Visit Bridge Technologies at IBC on Stand 1.F68.

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