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New HPE white paper based on IHS Markit research - Orchestrating the virtual video headend



IHS Markit has just performed important research work for HPE, delivering a comprehensive presentation of one of the most promising transformational media service solutions for CSPs and Broadcasters yet developed: the virtualization of headends. We have captured the key insights and conclusions in a new HPE White Paper.



Virtual headend:
The ultimate move to increase business agility and reduce costs


Today, traditional operators have a chance to reduce the gap with OTTs by transitioning video processing to a virtualized environment in order to become more agile and more rapid. The IHS Markit document explains that by adopting a virtualized video processing platform, video service providers can dramatically fast-track the time to market for new services, increase efficiency and accelerate operations while reducing costs.


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 Virtualization now offers important competitive advantages since the majority of operators have not transformed their headend yet, and the next generation of systems will be largely virtualized. Today, few vendors have the technical capabilities of orchestration systems for virtual environments.



Headend virtualization becomes a competitive advantageHeadend virtualization becomes a competitive advantageThe IHS Markit research also underlines some of the key characteristics operators need to consider when they are ready to virtualize their transcoding infrastructure. A virtualized headend must meet certain requirements in order to optimize its potential and efficiently deliver quality video including:

  • Open source environment
  • Non-proprietary
  • Headend management unification
  • ….          


A virtualized ecosystem consolidates the management of video processing for all services into a single platform, creating a service-level view of video processing. This simplifies the operational structure and allows a combination of skills across IT broadcast engineering reducing the management of service silos.


By transforming the equipment capabilities into a software function, the virtual headend is able to manage video processing operations across all available deployment platforms. Thus, each platform can be leveraged for its unique advantages to deliver optimum processing performance in terms of quality, cost, and efficiency. This approach creates a flexible pool of resources on which video processing operations may be deployed.


Learn more and download the HPE white paper on virtual headends

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