Virtualize Live Video Broadcasting Infrastructure with Aperi

Aperi Advantage

Aperi brings data center economics to live TV content production. Our broadcast function virtualization technology enables contribution networking and live production workflows to be orchestrated on demand as software Apps to run on lightning-fast networked MicroServers. Apps and MicroServers can be repurposed instantaneously providing maximum efficiency and utilization.

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Aperi Compute Platform

Aperi’s high performance scalable cloud compute platform is optimized for running Broadcast Functions Virtualization (BFV) with the ability to dynamically compose and orchestrate efficient live video production workflows. With this agility Aperi brings data center economics to live TV content production. Aperi’s flexible BFV technology enables contribution networking and live production workflows to be configured on demand through software Apps running on lightning-fast, agile, networked MicroServers. Apps and MicroServers can be repurposed instantaneously providing maximum flexibility and utilization dramatically reducing operational costs

Aperi API

The Aperi HAL+JSON HTTP RESTful API provides the highest level of consistency and API experience to developers. This API is auto-generated at run time to expose the current App state. The WebSocket change notification channel can be instantiated to provide a constant real time stream of App state changes (such as counters, events, status etc.)

Aperi API

The Aperi HAL+JSON HTTP RESTful API provides the highest level of consistency and API experience to developers. This API is auto-generated at run time to expose the current App state. The WebSocket change notification channel can be instantiated to provide a constant real time stream of App state changes (such as counters, events, status etc.)

Aperi Apps

Aperi Apps are dynamically deployed to Aperi compute engine from Aperi App Store when needed. Many Apps may be cached on a single MicroServer. Apps releases are versioned, and many versions of the same apps are available in a MicroServer cache to facilitate instant rollback or uprgade.

Aperi OS

Aperi OS is an infrastructure App, supplied with the MicroServer (SDMP) and enables the management of the system as a whole, including the deployment of all other Apps. It handles the web API, security, data store and other common and shared functions to provide a consistent App experience.

Aperi OS

Aperi OS is an infrastructure App, supplied with the MicroServer (SDMP) and enables the management of the system as a whole, including the deployment of all other Apps. It handles the web API, security, data store and other common and shared functions to provide a consistent App experience.

Aperi App Development Kit

The Aperi ADK (App Development Kit) is a set of software tools and services targeted to third party App development for the Aperi platform. The tools provide platform services for rights management, authentication and packaging. An Aperi cloud service provides access to the Aperi MicroServer environment removing the need for expensive hardware design and verification cycles. Only the Aperi certified and verified apps are admitted on the Aperi App Store while Aperi MicroServers recognize and run only verified Aperi Apps. Aperi provides generous revenue sharing options for qualified third party Apps. (§) - limited to selected partners only at this time.

Configuration and Management

Because it is designed as a server the Aperi MicroServer can be managed using many of the popular configuration and orchestration tools normally used in data center operations. The tools can be used in the same way to deploy and monitor fleets of Aperi MicroServers or standard data center servers. With these tools the infrastructure becomes a cluster of networked virtual machines. In the same way servers are rapidly repurposed with new VM’s, MicroServers are repurposed with new software Apps. The approach is valid and beneficial for both small and large infrastructure installations. Examples of configuration management tools are Chef, Salt, Ansible, Puppet, Jenkins, Mesos, Vagrant, OpenStack and Capistrano.

Configuration and Management

Because it is designed as a server the Aperi MicroServer can be managed using many of the popular configuration and orchestration tools normally used in data center operations. The tools can be used in the same way to deploy and monitor fleets of Aperi MicroServers or standard data center servers. With these tools the infrastructure becomes a cluster of networked virtual machines. In the same way servers are rapidly repurposed with new VM’s, MicroServers are repurposed with new software Apps. The approach is valid and beneficial for both small and large infrastructure installations. Examples of configuration management tools are Chef, Salt, Ansible, Puppet, Jenkins, Mesos, Vagrant, OpenStack and Capistrano.

App Store

The Aperi App Store is a general repository for Apps. All of the apps in Aperi app store are certified and verified by Aperi and the master authoritative copy of the Aperi App store is produced and maintained by Aperi. The store, including all of its Apps, is free to download, copy and propagate and it is also free to run an Aperi App store in private protected networks. Each MicroServer can be pointed to one or more physical instances of an App store so that selected Aperi Apps are automatically downloaded to it.

Aperi MicroServer

The Aperi MicroServer is a powerful compute engine capable of ingesting and processing multiple 10 Gbps streams in real time outpacing today’s servers with limits well below these rates. Capable of spinning up Apps in a matter of seconds the MicroServer can execute a range of big data algorithms such as memcached, key value store, encryption and video and image processing and networking.

Aperi MicroServer

TThe Aperi MicroServer is a powerful compute engine capable of ingesting and processing multiple 10 GpE streams in real time outpacing today’s servers with limits well below these rates. Capable of spinning up Apps in a matter of seconds the MicroServer can execute a range of big data algorithms such as memcached, key value store, encryption and video and image processing and networking.

Aperi Compute Engine

Incorporating a high speed and rapidly configurable hardware data plane fed with dual redundant 10 GbE network interfaces and a control plane networked with dual redundant GbE interfaces the MicroServer is optimized to process the most taxing algorithms. Four SFP Plus cages can be configured to provide for a wide range of optical and electrical I/O including Ethernet rates to 10 GbE, SDI video to 4K. An optional pluggable interface card accommodates various physical interfaces including audio and low speed data signals.

Modular Chassis

The Aperi MicroServer is hosted in a telecom grade commercial off the shelf (COTS) modular chassis which includes redundant power supplies, fans and Ethernet Switches. Based on an industry standard the chassis supports a variety of third party functions that can be used in conjunction with the MicroServer. The 2RU chassis favored by Aperi for most applications is configurable for power and networking redundancy while 1RU and 4RU form-factors are also available with different redundancy, port density and cooling arrangements.

Modular Chassis

The Aperi MicroServer is hosted in a telecom grade commercial off the shelf (COTS) modular chassis which includes redundant power supplies, fans and Ethernet Switches. Based on an industry standard the chassis supports a variety of third party functions that can be used in conjunction with the MicroServer. The 2RU chassis favored by Aperi for most applications is configurable for power and networking redundancy while 1RU and 4RU form-factors are also available with different redundancy, port density and cooling arrangements.

Networking

Redundant 10 GbE is the nominal interface for MicroServer interconnections at L2 (Data Plane). The Redundant 1 GbE interface is normally used for the Management (Control Plane). On a fully configured 2RU chassis there are four 10 GbE Networking ports. Optionally there are four additional SFP Plus customer facing ports configurable for 10 GbE or SDI video up to 12.5 Gbps supported by each MicroServer. Networking is designed to support Enterprise-Class fully-managed Layer-2 switching, Quality-of-Service functionality like Traffic Prioritization, Access Control, Multi-Cast including full 4K VLAN and Link Aggregation - to name just a few critical protocols. Many Layer-3 protocols and management capabilities are also supported.

Aperi brings data center economics to live TV content production. With its innovative and disruptive server technology there’s no need to choose between the latencies of today’s servers and price. Our broadcast function virtualization technology means contribution networking and production workflow processes are now orchestrated as software Apps running on our lightning-fast MicroServers without x86 penalties.

Datasheets

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