Nevion offers VideoIPath for video services management over IP and optical networks

Video transport specialist Nevion used this week’s NAB conference to unveil VideoIPath, a software-based video services management platform for IP and optical networks. The platform consists of a variety of software modules that provide control, monitoring, and management features for users of the company’s Flashlink and Ventura video transport products and VikinX video routers.

Video transport specialist Nevion used this week’s NAB conference to unveil VideoIPath, a software-based video services management platform for IP and optical networks. The platform consists of a variety of software modules that provide control, monitoring, and management features for users of the company’s Flashlink and Ventura video transport products and VikinX video routers.

According to Executive Vice President of Marketing John Glass, the Swedish broadcaster Onside is using the new VideoIPath scheduler module to manage broadcasts of soccer matches at several Swedish stadiums. Other modules cover such functions as analytics, monitoring, network inventory, mapping, protection, switching, and security. Most of these modules are complete and available, Glass said; Nevion should round out the suite by the first quarter of this year, he predicted. He cited the access management module as one that required further development.

The new Web-based offering adds service management capabilities to Nevion’s portfolio. The Flashlink platforms provide CWDM and DWDM capabilities for both point-to-point/star and ring networks. Nevion’s Ventura line enables video transport in fiber overlay, SONET/SDH, and IP networks. The VikinX video routers feature low power and small size and come in multiple configurations.

Glass says the Nevion has enjoyed global success with its offerings and counts multiple U.S. Tier 1 telcos among its customers. The company also targets video broadcasters and government agencies.

For example, in broadcaster optical network environments, the new VideoIPath product is designed to interact with Nevion’s Flashlink and VikinX products as a distributed routing control system. It is designed to run on geographically distributed redundant servers, controlling and managing the network’s nodes and layers via a Web-based user console. The VideoIPath software enables users to control network configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem resolution.

Nevion expects service providers to use VideoIPath in conjunction with its Ventura line in IP-based media networks. In such applications, VideoIPath will create and monitor video service connections, manage network capacity, maximize bandwidth, and respond to fluctuations in network performance, enabling service providers to meet service level agreements.

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