Polycom’s new cloud-based media services for video content hosted on Azure platform
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus +++ Polycom has launched its new Accordent Media Services platform powered by Azure, a new cloud service for searchable content for all video assets.
According to Polycom, Accordent Media Services organisations by managing their growing libraries of multi-source, multi-format video assets without having to add any more extensive IT resources or having to make any more major capital expenditures on special networking or storage systems.
The new media service includes an installed, branded, and Accordent Media Management System, hosted within Azure datacentres, delivering content in various formats to widely distributed audiences via the Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Customers will be able to submit content created from remote Accordent capture products across the cloud using Expression Encoder, video conferencing integrations, and desktop Microsoft Lync 2010 clients.
he service will also provide full enterprise video content management capabilities – categorising, indexing, retention management – publishing to customer SharePoint 2010 solutions, and scalable delivery of live and on-demand content over the Windows Azure CDN.
The company said that the new service builds on the capabilities of the Azure platform, an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted through Microsoft datacenters. The
Azure platform helps reduce the need for up-front technology purchases and simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web and connected applications. Infrastructure management is automated with a platform that is designed for high availability and dynamic scaling to match usage needs with the option of a pay-as-you-go pricing model.
Polycom recently acquired Accordent Technologies to become a major player in the burgeoning Video Content Management and Delivery market by integrating Polycom’s open standards UC Intelligent Core and UC endpoints with Accordent’s open standards video content management.
The Accordent platform provides capture solutions for all major video use cases, whether delivering highly scalable live webcasts from the studio, providing automated rich media webcasting from the meeting or classroom, adding a streaming extension to videoconferences, or enabling user-generated content from the desktop.
Through the Polycom Open Collaboration Network (POCN), Microsoft and Polycom deliver a complete, standards-based, end-to-end UC solution based on the Polycom UC Intelligent Core and optimized for Microsoft environments. Building on a long strategic alignment with Microsoft, Accordent strengthens and further differentiates Polycom’s deep native interoperability with Microsoft Lync and SharePoint.