MWC 2013: Kontron unveils new media platform for cloud transcoding

Networking specialist Kontron announced today the launch of a new platform called SYMKLOUD MS2900 Media which seeks to address issues linked to latency and poor scalability of cloud transcoding infrastructure.

The solution provides an underlying platform for optimized streaming content to the mobile device as delivered by cloud service providers. It is also billed as a viable alternative Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) who usually specialize in hosted services. IPTV, Cable, Cloud.

Likewise, Mobile Cloud service providers can introduce new applications used for mobile and fixed video, unified communications and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) in a more economical way as Kontron claims that the MS2900 will do more for less and without any hits on Carrier Grade High-Availability and switching capabilities.

Kontron has worked closely with Intel to deliver the hardware part and the MS2900 looks like a server. Physically, it is a 2U server built around up to 18 Intel Core™ i7-3615QE Quad-Core Processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.

The fact that Intel's latest CPU family is geared towards media transcoding thanks to Clear Video HD and Quick Sync Video 2.0 is good news, which means that it doesn't need any other dedicated hardware to do the job.

Benoit Robert, Kontron Executive Director, Product Management, Communications Business Unit highlighted the fact that current mobile usage have fuelled the need for solutions like the MS2900.

He said "With mobile, IPTV and content delivery providers pushing more bandwidth-hungry content from their network, the demand from the end-user becomes greater. The rise of 4G LTE services and mobile tariffs also puts a strain on these providers, as consumers are beginning to expect higher quality content, such as HD, and are accessing OTT and TV Everywhere services such as Netflix, iPlayer and Hulu. Encoding video is a processor intensive job especially when outputting multiple video into multiple formats, and is often used by broadcasters, cable companies, and large production companies who need to encode large amounts of media into multiple formats, all at the same time."