Migrating From Adobe Flash or Windows Media


For organizations using Windows Media Server or Adobe Flash today for multicast, the switch to Ramp’s Multicast+ solution is a simple transition.

If you are already using one of these solutions, then you already have a multicast-enabled network. So, all you do is replace it with the Multicast+ Server, which is just software installed in virtual environment. Then, through your standard software distribution processes, you deploy the Multicast+ Receiver to your client devices.

If you are multicasting from the IBM Cloud Video platform, Multicast+ is already integrated and works directly with the video player, so you are up and running.

Furthermore, if you are switching from one of those legacy multicast solutions or expanding your use of video, you are probably moving to modern HTML5 video standards. Multicast+ supports the HTML5 protocols, so upgrading will also future-proof the enterprise delivery infrastructure.

The impending end-of-life for Windows Media multicast and Silverlight, Cisco ECDS and Adobe Flash marks the end of an era for legacy video technologies. Our Multicast+ technical white paper takes a deep dive into the solution, covering everything from how it works, to patented innovation and technology, to key capabilities and features that make it the premier next-generation multicast solution.

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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Multicast Operating Systems Compatibility


“Does Multicast+ work on multiple operating systems? Can you talk about your support?”

The simple purpose of Multicast+ is to make video playable in a browser over multicast. This process requires two software components to orchestrate the distribution of video in place of the typical unicast HTTP transport layer.

A sender sits on the network to retrieve a live HTML5 video stream from a video source and send it out over the multicast-enabled network. The sender is software, not hardware or an appliance. It runs in a virtual machine on either Windows or Linux. Senders scale as needed based on the network requirements. However, each sender can support multiple simultaneous multicast streams, so you do not need one sender per stream.

Viewing devices on the network, such as personal computers, each host a receiver client capable of tapping into the multicast broadcast stream and making it available locally to the browser. Multicast+ is available in native Windows, Mac and Linux client software that can be deployed using your standard software deployment processes.

For more information, see the technical specifications on the Multicast+ data sheet .

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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Rising Impact of Video on the Enterprise Network


Wainhouse Research reports more than two-thirds of organizations cite protecting the network as one of the top considerations when purchasing a video solution. As companies use more video, they will see increased utilization of network resources. IT departments are guided by the Hippocratic oath of network administration—do no harm as you add more video on the network.

The increasing use of video isn’t the only factor impacting the network. The resolution of video is also having an impact. Enterprise viewers are also consumers and the streaming providers we use at home have set our expectations. High definition video is the baseline expectation for viewers today, and 360° video, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are not far behind. When you deliver that kind of video on the corporate network, it creates tremendous strain.

That’s why enterprises need to include eCDN, delivery infrastructure to optimize video traffic , as a component of their video streaming strategy.

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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Corporate Video Distribution Security


Video is really becoming almost like a document type, which means we have a set of expectations—whether it is an on-demand file or live video—that we have the same levels of content protection in terms of workflows and security.

For example, say you are a public company and you have a pre-earnings announcement. Only a certain set of people may be intended to view that announcement before it becomes public, or it may contain information that is only intended for a certain audience even after the earnings are released. That content needs to be securely available and protected as it travels across the network and anywhere it gets stored, even temporarily, on the network.

So, how does AltitudeCDN™ Multicast+ address the security of content?

The first layer of protection is encryption. All content is encrypted both while in transit and at rest. Only the receiver is going to be able to decrypt it.

The second layer of protection is the ability to multicast over HTTP and HTTPS.

And third, some organizations choose to use single source multicast (SSM), which allows them to specify the specific source or sources from which the content may be retrieved.
So Multicast+ gives CIOs several mechanisms to ensure the security and confidentiality of the organization’s intellectual property.

More detail about the security features of Multicast+ can be found in our technical white paper AltitudeCDN™ Multicast+: Next-Generation Multicast in the Age of HTML5 .

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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Video Distribution on Thin Clients


What about distributing video on thin client devices? HTML5 should work, but how do you optimize for devices without dedicated graphics?

Both AltitudeCDN Multicast+ and OmniCache, Ramp’s intelligent caching solution, are verified by Citrix to support their virtualized environments. So now you can have thin clients that can take advantage of a multicast-enabled network, even at remote locations.

In the case of IBM Cloud Video, Streaming Manager for Enterprise on thin clients works in concert with Ramp’s video delivery infrastructure, so users in virtualized environments still get a quality experience for video.

Learn more about AltitudeCDN verification for Citrix .

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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Video Delivery in Bandwidth-Constrained Locations



Successfully getting video to remote locations is a common problem we see, especially in industries such as financial services, retail, manufacturing and healthcare. These organizations typically have a segment of the population with great connectivity at headquarters and major office locations. Then they have a number of remote locations with limited or poor connectivity. Getting required training or a live executive broadcast to these locations can be quite a challenge. Not only do they have lower bandwidth capacity than large office locations, but they also typically have business-critical applications on the network such as POS systems that cannot be negatively impacted.

Some of the great features of an eCDN solution like OmniCache™ is the ability to manage the video streaming to these locations, both in terms of time and quality, while also ensuring a great viewing experience for those audiences.

For example, with OmniCache, you can schedule videos to be pushed to the cache and stored in the remote location during a window of time when network activity is low. Then, when viewers at that location begin to watch the video, no internet network capacity is utilized, but viewers get an immediate and high quality video feed.

OmniCache can also be configured to really take advantage of adaptive bit rate streams. For example, when streaming a live executive broadcast during prime business hours, instead of sending 1080p over the internet connection, OmniCache can scale down the bit rates received to something manageable for the network at that location.

OmniCache is an intelligent caching solution for both live and on-demand video that requires no client software or plugins. You can read more about OmniCache here and learn more about video distribution behind the firewall in our white paper Five Approaches for Deploying and Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN) .

From the IBM webinar Optimizing Video on Corporate Networks

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