Nevion said its media service management system VideoIPath now supports OpenFlow, an industry protocol support- ed by the majority of networking vendors to enable software-defined networking. This technology provides the means to control networks more effectively in order to achieve the defined and predictable reliability and performance required of the media networks that are used by broadcasters to carry live video feeds.
The company says OpenFlow is a standardized technology that telecom service providers are beginning to deploy as part of their own SDN strategy. It takes the routing decision, or control logic, out of the network and hands it over to software controllers with enough processing power to pick the optimum routing for the required service. Now, with the help of VideoIPath, this technology can be used for media networks and, in particular, in broadcast studios and campuses, where deterministic routing is a key requirement as the infrastructure transitions to IP.