65% Performance Boost & 10GigE Support Demonstrate Benefits of Open Arroyo OnDemand Architecture
PLEASANTON, Calif. - February 7th, 2005 - Arroyo Video Solutions, Inc., which recently unveiled its first product, Arroyo OnDemand, - an industry-leading, open architecture solution for video on demand (VOD) - is today announcing two industry firsts. First, Arroyo is announcing support for native 10Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE) interfaces, delivering unprecedented levels of scalability to meet ramping VOD demand. Second, surpassing its own record 3,000 streams/industry-standard server, Arroyo OnDemand running on the latest industry-standard Intel hardware is now able to deliver up to 5,000 3.75Mbps video streams per 3RU (rack unit) server, a new industry record.
"Arroyo stands for industry leading solutions delivered on 100% open architecture hardware platforms," said Arroyo's President and CEO Kim Kelly. "Taking advantage of the latest volume server platforms from Intel, we are now able to deliver up to 5,000 streams per server and 65,000 streams per rack, almost twice the performance of the proprietary hardware platforms our competitors offer."
"As their performance requirements grow, video operators are moving rapidly from 1GigE- to 10GigE-based transport architectures," added Arroyo's Co-founder and CTO Paul Sherer. "By integrating 10GigE boards built by other vendors into our industry-standard platform, we are able to easily and rapidly respond to operators' needs for speed, performance and scalability. Competitors offering proprietary platforms simply cannot keep up with the advancements the computer industry delivers - nor with the needs of the operators."
10GigE Transport Scales VOD Networks
The accelerating popularity of VOD is imposing rapidly increasing loads on operators' networks. 10Gigabit Ethernet technology offers a 10-fold scaling in capacity versus 1 Gigabit Ethernet, enabling a single fiber to carry up to 2,500 3.75Mbps video streams and reducing the number of network paths operators have to manage by 10-fold. Combined with its rapidly improving prices, this scalability and manageability are making 10GigE the technology of choice for operators' video transport requirements.
Arroyo is the first vendor to offer native 10GigE support for VOD. Native 10GigE support delivers hard dollar savings for operators, as well as making on-demand networks far easier to manage and to scale. Arroyo's Video Platforms are uniquely suited to 10GigE support because of their industry-leading performance. Able to deliver up to 5,000 3.75Mbps video on demand streams per industry-standard server, each Arroyo Video Platform can fill two 10GigE network interfaces.
With a choice of 10GigE interface boards available from the networking industry, it took Arroyo just a few months to integrate support for 10GigE into Arroyo OnDemand. Plus, operators choosing Arroyo OnDemand gain tremendously from the rapidly improving price performance of industry-standard 10GigE technology. Equipping an Arroyo Video Platform with 10GigE interfaces costs less than $5,000 today, yet delivers savings more than 10 times as large.
Raising the Performance Bar
Running on Intel's latest volume hardware, Arroyo OnDemand now offers up to 5,000 3.75Mbps streams per 3RU industry-standard server, and up to 65,000 streams per rack. Equivalently, it delivers up to 1,250 15Mbps high-definition streams per server and up to 16,250 hi-def streams per rack. This figure effectively raises the bar for on-demand performance, offering almost twice the density of even the most proprietary competitors, about five times the performance per server of any vendor using industry-standard hardware and is a 65% increase from the record-setting 3,000 streams Arroyo OnDemand achieves running on previous generations of Intel servers.
Today's announcements demonstrate the powerful advantages of Arroyo's focus on open hardware. Operators choosing Arroyo can select the most appropriate servers and network interfaces based on their performance requirements and can mix and match these seamlessly. Operators can also be confident that as they expand and evolve their networks, they will stay at the forefront of technology and performance. And operators can be assured that new high performance capabilities can be integrated into existing networks easily, without expensive, disruptive forklifts which are characteristic of proprietary solutions.
About Arroyo Video Solutions
Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, Arroyo Video Solutions offers video operators a unique, network-centric on-demand architecture that uses 100 percent open-standard hardware platforms. The company's flagship product, Arroyo OnDemand, separates storage and streaming into different industry-standard servers and employs Arroyo Video Accelerator technology, which improves operational performance ten-fold over other leading video services companies.
Arroyo is a privately held company funded by leading Silicon Valley venture firms DCM - Doll Capital Management and Foundation Capital; and by Time Warner Investments and Comcast Interactive Capital, the investment arms of two of the nation's largest media companies. For more information, please visit www.arroyo.tv.