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Start-up accelerates Web video delivery

nokeena-networks-logoStart-up Nokeena Networks today took the wraps off its new software appliance, which is designed to help media providers deliver high quality Web video quickly and reliably to viewers.

Nokeena’s Media Flow Director combines video processing, multi-tier caching and network optimization features to support up to 40,000 video streams and 10Gbps per rack unit.

The goal is to let media publishers and distributors offer their customers high-quality viewing at a low cost per media stream, according to Rajan Raghavan, co-founder and CEO of Nokeena. “What we are essentially able to do with this software appliance is deliver TV-like viewing experience at a very high scale, out of the smallest footprint you can imagine,” Raghavan says.

Key to the design of Media Flow Director is that it can fit into the existing infrastructure of content publishers and content delivery network (CDN) providers – Nokeena’s initial customer targets. “These are people who already have an infrastructure which they need to optimize for media delivery,” Raghavan says.

Media Flow Director is interoperable with industry standard players and other infrastructure elements, which means customers aren’t locked in to a proprietary system, says Prabakar Sundarrajan, Nokeena’s chief security officer and CTO.

“People have the choice of what encoding they want to use, what service provider they want to use, what player they want to use. Everything is open,” Sundarrajan says. “They can use their own servers, their own storage, their own networking equipment.”

It’s also designed to ensure that media content is delivered at a consistent rate, despite changes in network conditions and sudden shifts in viewer demand. “It’s an adaptive sense-and-respond technology, but it does not require a custom player to be downloaded and installed. We do it all from the network side,” Sundarrajan says.

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