Motorola Widens VOD Storage Options

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Motorola expanded its video-on-demand portfolio with products designed to give operators more flexibility in what kind of underlying storage they use to deliver VOD and other time-shifted TV services.

The new line of “adaptive media management” products, Motorola said, will let customers using its B-1 VOD platform proactively place content on the most effective streaming and storage technology, ranging from dynamic random access memory, flash memory, disk, network-attached storage or storage area networks.

The CPS1000 cluster manager, the first component of Motorola's content-propagation system, is designed to optimize storage, streaming and network resources. The software is part of the vendor’s on-demand solution system release 4.0 (SR4.0), which is available now.

The other key product in the family is the ODM2000 (“on-demand media”) blade for the B-1, a hybrid solid-state ingest and streaming module that supports a configurable cache of both DRAM and flash memory. The blade is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2009.

The company made the announcement at IBC 2008 in Amsterdam, which runs Sept. 12-16.

Earlier this week, Harmonic announced a flash-memory-based VOD server, the StreamLiner 4000, designed to provide a greater number of concurrent streams for popular content at regional hubs.

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