Sun Microsystems Inc. has introduced the Sun Streaming System--a video delivery platform for cable and telecommunications operators, designed to help operators increase subscriber revenue by offering new video-based services and personalized, video streams to each consumer. The system leverages the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) to deliver video streaming capacity by enabling personalized video delivery over existing optical network infrastructure. Sun's system design enables the Sun Streaming System to support up to 160,000 simultaneous, video streams at the rate of 2Mbps and a price of less than $50 per stream for complete video headend. Thirty-two integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet optical networking ports combine multiplexing, switching, and routing all in one video-streaming package. The Sun Streaming System is an integrated platform that is composed of a distributed software suite running on Sun Fire x64 systems, storage, and switching technologies. Key components of the Sun Streaming System are the new Sun Streaming Software, the new Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch, the Sun Fire X4500 data server, and the Sun Fire X4100 systems.
The Sun Streaming Software is a single point of control to operate and manage the entire video streaming system. The software includes video streaming features, such as: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats; bit-rate support from 1Mbps to 20 Mbps; standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) streaming; encrypted and clear content streaming; at least six trick-play settings; Network Personal Video Recorder (nPVR) capabilities; and splicing and personalized playlists for permission-based target advertising. Open software standards, such as CORBA, XML, HTTP and RTSP, allow operators to integrate third-party components. Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch is a scalable memory cache-based content switching and streaming engine, which provides the available streaming density at 320 Gbps and up to 2 terabytes (TB) of memory designed to enable scalable video streaming. The Sun Fire X4500 server powered by Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors delivers the performance of a four-way x64 server, with 24 TB of storage in seven inches of rack space for up to 9,400 hours of 2Mbps video content storage. Sun is aligning with several resellers, partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), including EDS and Nortel, to bring the Sun Streaming System's to customers in the video services industry. The Sun Streaming System is currently available.