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Media Links to Demonstrate 10Gb/s Hitless Data Transport at 2017 NAB Show

Media Links has announced it will demonstrate the transport of 10Gb/s Hitless Data at the 2017 NAB Show. Of particular interest to sports producers and broadcasters across the globe, this new feature for the company’s flagship MD8000 Media over IP transport platform will enable users to take full advantage of the increasing bandwidth available at stadiums and remote venues, providing enhanced data carriage capabilities with the same level of resiliency and robustness as currently experienced with broadcast video and audio services.

10Gb/s Hitless Data capability provides uninterrupted data transport across long distance networks and is realised by Media Links’ new 8 Port/4 Port x 1GbE line cards operating in conjunction with 10GbE trunk modules on the MD8000 platform. Based on the sequence number and timestamp of individual data packets, any network disturbance is immediately detected, resulting in a seamless switchover to a redundant stream with uninterrupted (Hitless) data transport.

Also being demonstrated at NAB, is the NetGazer Network Management System, a scalable, graphically oriented software platform that monitors and manages network environments to optimize multi-media service performance. Intuitive interfaces expose service, event and status information, allowing immediate and efficient management of complex, high bandwidth networks. Support and performance for thousands of services, platform independent GUI, non-service affecting software upgrades, and media-optimized ELK stack (for indexing, searching, analyzing and visualizing complex network data) are several of NetGazer’s unique features. All for the purposes of simplifying network operations while quickly isolating, identifying, and remedying network problems. Several NetGazer editions are available that scale from single studio environments to large enterprise and global networks.

Another display at NAB will showcase a wide area IP Media networking demonstration, highlighting the convergence and seamless transport of the complete suite of broadcast media signals (video, audio and data) onto a comprehensive, distributed IP switch fabric. Media Links’ high-density MDX 4090 IP router will be featured, accommodating up to 96 x 10GbE ports with rapid switching through its MRF (Media Rapid Flow) protocol along with PTP (Precision Timing Protocol) capabilities, all managed through touch panel control software.

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