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Unlocking Media Server Cloud Deployments

by Alan Percy

Nov 14, 2016 5:09:34 PM

PowerMedia XMS 3.2

This week Dialogic announced general availability of Dialogic® PowerMedia® XMS Release 3.2, a significant upgrade of the company’s media server/media resource function (MRF), delivering key capabilities for NFV (Network Function Virtualization) and AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud deployments, with expectations that the new cloud capability will accelerate adoption across network operator, over-the-top (OTT), and enterprise markets.

Making XMS easier to deploy in Tier 1 service provider networks, XMS 3.2 includes a number of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployment enhancements, including support for OpenStack orchestration.  (Orchestration is management software used to commission and de-commission servers to meet dynamic traffic needs).  With this release, XMS 3.2 includes a package of OpenStack HEAT maps, simplifying high availability and redundant deployments.  A new documentation kit details the process of deploying PowerMedia XMS and associated Dialogic® PowerMedia® Media Resource Broker (MRB) in a high-availability composite Virtualized Network Function (VNF), complying with ETSI NFV architecture recommendations.

Enterprises and alternative over-the-top services have quite different plans for their cloud deployments, with Amazon AWS being the platform of choice. To ensure that these users get the most out of XMS, Dialogic has made a number of optimizations and performance enhancements for deployments in AWS, showing that AWS can match performance virtually identical to “bare-metal” deployments.  With support for both RedHat and Centos, XMS 3.2 offers greater operating system selection flexibility in AWS deployments.

But there is more…

Recording is playing a greater role in customer care, financial service, and public safety applications, requiring separating various speakers, storing their recordings in separate files.  With the introduction of Multi-Track Recording (MTR), XMS 3.2 facilitates a wide variety of recording scenarios as needed to identify and select individual session media streams, recording each stream in separate media tracks, facilitating complex post call processing, word spotting, or cognitive analysis.

As noted by Tor Lundgren, Strategic Product Manager of Product Division Public Safety & Security at Carmenta CoordCom AB, “We’re looking forward to XMS 3.2 and the Multi-Track Recording capabilities, a paramount feature that will provide our voice recording capabilities with mechanisms that meet the logging requirements for ‘mission critical’ operations.”

Other enhancements found in PowerMedia XMS 3.2 include:

  • JSR309 Connector Integration with PowerMedia MRB – allowing applications using the JSR309 API to scale and improve reliability with automatic fail-over managed by the Media Resource Broker
  • Additional operating system support for Oracle Linux 7.2 with UEK 4, ideal for cloud deployments in Oracle envirionments.
  • Multiple NIC Media Routing allowing separation of control and media to separate physical media, enhancing security and thru-put.
  • Enhanced Video Conference Layout Sizing, giving developers of conferencing applications more choices of screen layouts to better meet customer needs.
  • These and a number of other system management enhancements are outlined in the PowerMedia XMS 3.2 Documentation package

As always, developers can download an evaluation copy of XMS 3.2 from the PowerMedia XMS product information page.  The key to building scalable multi-media cloud applications is now within reach – give it a try!

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