Harmonic Unveils ‘Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter’

Technology adds solid-state drive technology to the company's midrange multichannel media server.
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Harmonic Inc. unveils its Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter SSD, which it says adds solid-state drive (SSD) technology to the company's midrange multichannel media server.

The Omneon Spectrum features integrated storage plus “Spectrum MediaPort” modularity and scalability, as well as a choice of SSD or hard-disk drive (HDD) storage, Harmonic says. The system provides reliable performance for broadcasters and remote playout facilities requiring from four to 12 channels in a single video server configuration, the company says.

The 2-RU MediaCenter SSD chassis offers up to 4 terabytes (TB) of usable storage in several SSD configurations, allowing broadcasters to choose the capacity most appropriate for their needs, according to Harmonic. The system supports up to 12 channels at 50 megabits per second (Mbps), with 600 Mbps total real-time bandwidth available. SSD storage reduces operational costs, as it requires less power and cooling, and it also operates more quietly than HDD-based systems, the firm says.

Like its HDD counterpart, MediaCenter SSD is fully compatible with all other members of the Spectrum product line, and it ensures full media exchange and the same extensive support for third-party systems such as automation, media management, playout control and editing systems, Harmonic says. The system operates with all Spectrum-compatible software applications, APIs and media formats, and it supports up to six externally connected Spectrum MediaPort I/O modules for real-time ingest and playout of video and audio content, the company says. Equipped with integrated storage, the system not only simplifies deployment by eliminating external fiber channel storage cabling, but also reduces space and power requirements by collapsing the rack space required for ingest and playout.