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Updated:February 6, 2012
® AS Media Processor Family of advanced, live, standard- and high-definition encoding solutions is redefining the online video experience with best-in-class quality for real-time media delivery applications such as live sports, 24-hour programming, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), and enterprise, education, and government video.
Cisco AS Series Media Processor Software is fully optimized for operation on the Cisco Unified Computing System
™) blade server platform. This solution combines the market-leading adaptive bitrate (ABR) capabilities of Cisco Media Processor with the scalable UCS blade server platform. With its easy-to-use interface, Cisco Media Processor lets you turn an IP video source into multiple Internet-ready streams, with the outstanding levels of quality you have come to expect from Cisco.
This comprehensive, reliable platform can stream multiple formats to any device, including iPhone, iPad, feature phones, and smartphones. Cisco Media Processor was the first to offer full support for ABR streaming and continues to lead that market, including Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) Smooth Streaming, and Adobe
® HTTP Dynamic Streaming. Cisco Media Processor can also detect broadcast cue messages and translate critical advertising metadata into ad markers appropriate for the Adobe Flash
® and Microsoft Silverlight platforms as well as Apple iOS devices.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 summarizes the Cisco Media Processor features and benefits.
Table 1. Cisco AS Series Media Processor Software Features and Benefits
Optimized for Cisco UCS
• Network: unified fabric
• Compute: industry-standard x86
• Storage: access options
• Virtualization optimized
• Unified management model
• Dynamic resource provisioning
• Efficient scale
• Lower cost with fewer servers, switches, adapters, and cables
• Lower power consumption
• Fewer points of management
Advertising and Monetization
• Automates Internet ad insertion using SCTE 35 cue messages or with playlists generated by playout servers
• Supports slate insertion to remove broadcast advertisements
• Remonetizes video with Internet ads for browsers, mobile devices, and set-top boxes
• Provides SCTE 35 pass-through, making automated ad insertion even easier
Full Support for ABR Streaming
• HTTP Live Streaming to iPhone and iPad
• Microsoft Smooth Streaming, including support for PlayReady digital rights management (DRM)
• Support for Low-Latency Live Smooth Streaming and Multilanguage Smooth Streaming
• Support for Distribution Format Exchange Profile (DFXP), providing industry-standard solutions for subtitling on and Smooth and Flash streams
• Integration of Verimatrix content protection
• Support for closed captioning in Smooth Low Latency mode
Platform Support and Compatibility
Cisco AS Series Media Processor Software is currently optimized for use on Cisco's UCS B200 M2 blade server. The software will be optimized for other UCS configurations in the future.
Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Requirements
The specifications shown in Table 2 are for bare metal installations (hosted on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 32-bit). These specifications are not for use in VMWare or virtualized environments. The specifications shown below include the part numbers required to procure and build a Cisco Media Processor Software solution within a Cisco UCS environment.
Table 2. Parts Required for Installation on Cisco UCS B200 M2 Blade Server
Product Part Number
UCS B200 M2 Blade Server without CPU, memory, HDD, mezzanine
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