Sun Unveils Video-Delivery Platform

Apr 25, 2007 (12:04 PM EDT)

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Sun Microsystems on Wednesday introduced a video-delivery platform for cable and telecommunications operators.

The Sun Streaming System, which leverages the company's Solaris 10 operating system, was unveiled in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival. Designed by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, the Internet-TV system supports up to 160,000 simultaneous, unique video streams at the rate of 2 Mbps for a price of less than $50 per stream.

Key components of the platform include new Sun software, the Sun Fire X4950 streaming switch, and the Sun Fire X4500 data server. The system has 32 integrated 10 gigabit Ethernet optical networking ports that combine multiplexing, switching, and routing.

The software that ships with the system supports standard and high definition streaming. In addition, it has features for network personal video recording and permission-based target advertising. The new Sun Fire X4950 switch provides a streaming density of 320 Gbps and up to 2 terabytes of memory. The Sun Fire X4500 server, powered by dual-core AMD Opteron processors, has 24 terabytes of storage in seven inches of rack space for up to 9,400 hours of video content storage.

Beta customers include Acetrax of Europe. In addition, the system has been tested with a number of third-party software and hardware, including products from Advanced Digital Broadcast, Amino,, Harmonic, Imake Software, Juniper Networks, Minerva Networks, TandbergTV, Tellabs, Verimatrix, and Widevine. A list of independent software vendor support is available on the Sun Web site.

Sun is offering testing facilities at its Menlo Park, Calif., campus for equipment manufacturers, ISVs, and potential customers. The system is available now.