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Akamai launches new collection of cloud-based video services

US firm Akamai, recently ranked as the world’s largest content delivery network operator, has launched a new suite of cloud-based services designed to unify the delivery, workflow and monetisation of online video.

The new Sola Media Solutions portfolio is built on the Akamai Intelligent Platform, and is being presented at the IBC trade show which is about to kick off in Amsterdam.

It consists of: Sola Sphere, focused on cloud-based storage and content delivery, and designed to support a variety of video delivery technologies including progressive media downloading and adaptive bitrate streaming through existing and emerging industry standard protocols, such as MPEG-DASH; Sola Vision, focused on video transcoding and stream packaging; Sola Media Analytics, which collects both real-time quality and post-event audience engagement information; and Luna Control Center, which manages all of Sola Media’s capabilities.

Sola Media’s capabilities may also be accessed through open application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow customers to integrate Sola Media functionality into their existing content workflows.

Aakamai’s open platform approach also means that the Sola Media Solutions suite supports the integration of a variety of third-party security/DRM and advertising /monetisation technologies and platforms.

Akamai has already partnered with content protection experts Verimatrix to integrate Sola Media Solutions’ viewer-enhancing client technologies into components of the latter’s Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS).

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