A recent survey by Onstream Media and Unisphere Research reveals the major areas of interest for vendors buying large-scale webcasting services. The results identify multi-device delivery and player load time (i.e., a quality user experience) as the top requirements. Watch the clip above to see how different enterprise video delivery solutions stack up in these critical areas.
In this short webinar clip, Erik Herz, VP of Business Development at Ramp, compares the features and limitations of today’s enterprise video delivery solutions, including the multicast and unicast approach on traditional servers as well as peer-to-peer (P2P) solutions.
Multicast remains the most efficient way to transfer live video data within the enterprise and the Ramp Multicast Engine (RME) brings multicast support to industry-standard HLS. Here’s how The Ramp Multicast Engine compares:
RME vs. Unicast
Unicast requires expensive/dedicated video caching software at every office. In addition, it is inefficient at scaling for events with tens of thousands of viewers. The ability to broadcast to audiences of this size have become a requirement for many enterprises.
RME vs. Multicast Alternatives
The Ramp Multicast Engine is the only multicast solution on the market with key features such as Digital Video Recording (DVR), Forward Error Correction (FEC), video data encryption, network diagnostics for multicast performance, among others. In addition, many current multicast solutions still rely on Microsoft Silverlight for video playback. This is a major issue due to EOL status for Silverlight and Windows Media. Silverlight is also a plugin, and plugins are no longer supported on the major browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
RME vs. Peer-to-peer
Peer-to-peer solutions are complex and don’t provide IT departments with their desired level of transparency. IT professionals have little insight into how the video is being routed and controlled. IT wants to know what’s happening on their network at all times and they want to use standard network protocols, such as multicast and unicast.
RME vs. Microsoft Video
Microsoft’s video offerings such as Microsoft Video and Skype for Business have enjoyed early success at penetrating the enterprise and getting more employees to use video. However, they don’t have a way to manage video within the network. Microsoft video doesn’t have a unicast caching solution and does not work for multicast and peer-to-peer solutions. Therefore, it may not scale for internal distribution.