Kontron and Zixi collaborate on high-density, cost-efficient reference solution for 4K Video transcoding use cases

New solution to enable transcoding multiple resolutions and codecs from a single 2U platform

Montreal, Canada, April 3, 2019 – Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, and Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over unmanaged and managed IP, today announced that they will showcase a high-density, low-cost transcoder for 4K OTT video delivery at NAB Show 2019.

The two companies will show content service providers and broadcasters a demonstration of Zixi Broadcaster transcoding software running on a fully redundant, high-density SYMKLOUD MS2900 Series converged platform. This OTT delivery solution can be viewed at the Zixi booth during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, from April 8th to 11th, 2019.

The ever-growing need for traditional media companies to embrace OTT is due to the increasing demand to access content – from anywhere and from any device. In response to the rise in multiscreen applications, the joint collaboration enables high-density OTT content delivery in any streaming format or resolution direct to laptops, smartphones, streaming video players and SmartTVs, from a single, consolidated 2U platform.

Zixi Broadcaster software is compatible with all common broadcast codecs and workflows and can run on Kontron MS2900 converged 2U platforms delivering up to 18x 4K channels (ABR HLS/MPEG-DASH) in HEVC (H.265) format, plus many more channels of HD in H.264 format. The Zixi ABR streaming capabilities dynamically adjust stream rates to adapt to changing network conditions to deliver the best quality video possible to each viewer. All of this translates into best-in-class 4K workload performance per watt and unparalleled video quality viewing experience.

The SYMKLOUD MS2900 platform supports up to nine (9) modular server blades, each containing two independent CPUs for a total of 18 CPUs, or, a single CPU paired with a single NVIDIA Tesla P4 for a total of 9 GPUs and 9 CPUs in a compact 2U enclosure. Operators can mix and match various types of consumable components in the same chassis and opt for a PCIe card for ASI acquisition. This results in an all-in-one, ultra- high-density platform that unlocks robust content delivery over IP.

“Our combined high density HEVC and H.264 transcoding solution is the perfect package for industry leaders to be able to dramatically reduce TCO and operational costs versus standard commodity servers,” said Tim Baldwin, Head of Product, Zixi. “The ability to provide the media market with a single hardware platform that delivers cost-effective OTT content to any end device is ground-breaking.”

“We have built the SYMKLOUD in such a way that there are no service disruptions for end customers,” explains Bertrand Foulon, Business Development Manager, Video market, Kontron Communications. “Due to the redundant architecture of the system and modularity of its components, operators don’t need to worry about the reliability of their investment, and neither do our transcoding software partners.”

NAB 2019
April 8 – 11, 2019| Las Vegas, Nevada
Kontron – Booth SU11610
Zixi – Booth SU10102

To book appointments: https://go.symkloud.com/nab-2019-book-meeting-with-kontron

About Zixi

Zixi provides a cloud based and on-premise software platform that enables broadcast-quality video delivery over IP. The company offers the Zixi Platform for broadcasters, enterprises, over-the-top video providers, and mobile service providers around the world.  The Zixi Platform makes it easy and economical for media companies to source, manage, localize, and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels in broadcast QoS, securely and at scale, using managed and unmanaged IP networks. Zixi provides enhanced control in large complex networks with ZEN Master, a cloud-based platform that provides visual tools to configure, orchestrate, and monitor live broadcast channels and events across industry protocols.  Over 10+ years, the Zixi Enabled Network (ZEN) has grown to over 50 OEM and service providers and we serve well over 500 customers representing most of the top media brands around the world with 10,000+ channels delivered daily:  www.zixi.com

About Kontron Communications

Kontron designs hardware for the software defined world. Service providers and enterprise clients around the globe collaborate with Kontron and its ISV and channel partners to deploy new services with greater speed, confidence and operational efficiency. Our portfolio is a best-of-breed of OEM hardware and SYMKLOUD Open Infrastructure Platforms dedicated to the deployment of virtual services using software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For more information, please visit www.symkloud.com.

About Kontron – An S&T Company

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com.

Media Contacts – Kontron

Peter Matz
Kontron Communications Business
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Hanah Johnson
March Communications
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