Virtualisation is being touted by some vendors and consultants as the ultimate solution to handling media. Yet, for many engineers, it remains an untested answer to their production and playout needs. Here are two articles that provide important insight into the planning process for virtualised media management.
A look inside the audio production facility or live-broadcast truck of tomorrow shows that, “The [audio] router will still be there. “...it’s about how you manage the cross-points on that router. Says Mark Hosking, Harman’s global sales director. “[And]…consoles are evolving, you’ll have a mixing surface and a DSP engine. It could be a hardware box or virtualised into the networking infrastructure of the broadcaster. We believe that the virtualisation of the mix engine will occur reasonably quickly going forward.” Read more about audio virtualisation in, “Studer Embraces Virtualised Mixing and Networked Environments for Broadcasters.”
Virtualisation can offer many benefits for a playout centre. But consider carefully all of the factors before making a decision.
So you think you want to virtualise your playout? Good, there are many benefits to be gained from deploying a channel in the cloud. For centralcast hubs, service providers, MCOs (Multiple Channel Operators), sports broadcasters, and corporates, virtualised playout can deliver an affordable option to deploy or contract IP-based channels instantly without the burden of racks of complicated hardware, and weeks or months of setup and provisioning.
However, before you sign the order for a virtualised solution, there are several important factors to consider. Learn about those key factors in the article, “Virtualising Your Playout Operations: A Reality Check.”
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