News from The Cable Show continues. In addition to the Medios software suite, Motorola has introduced a family of multi-screen media servers, and a new universal edge QAM, the APEX1500. If you recall from the Infonetics report last month, servers and edge QAMs make a pretty good business right now. Despite a down economy, operators are still investing heavily in equipment that will support rapid VOD growth.
The new Motorola M3 media server family includes four primary platforms: the M3-S100 solid-state edge streamer, the M3S200 library server and video streamer with 12TB storage capacity per 2RU, and the M3-C600 and C1000 Media Centers. The Media Centers offer massive storage and streaming capacity, supporting up to 40,000 SD streams, and up to 12TB of Flash storage from a 10RU chassis.
In a shift from earlier strategy, the M3 server family relies on off-the-shelf hardware in combination with Motorola system-optimizing software. The server family is highly configurable, and also designed to work with the Motorola CPS1000 Content Propagation System for cable, and the BitBand Maestro content delivery network (CDN) management system for IP-based video.
The Motorola APEX1500 is a successor to the APEX1000 universal edge QAM announced in 2008. It supports up to 96 total QAM channels (for VOD and switched digital video as needed), six hot-swappable QAM modules, and two hot-swappable and redundant power supplies. The APEX1500 also supports full-session VOD encryption and edge encryption of SDV streams.
I’ll be on site at the Cable Show starting on Monday, so look for photos and more info straight from the booth.