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Ultra-low-power, high-density video encoding solutions for Data Centers

StreamVX and NETINT Technologies partner to create ultra-low power/high-density video encoding solutions for the Data center. 

Soaring energy prices in Europe in 2022 and new restrictions on the construction of hyperscale data centers have forced streaming video platforms to look for ways to reduce their energy consumption costs while simultaneously expanding their encoding capacity. 

Collaborating to meet the needs of streaming video platforms in current volatile market conditions

StreamVX, a leading European supplier of streaming video solutions, and NETINT Technologies, a pioneer in ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) encoding technology, are collaborating to create the industry’s lowest-power, highest-density video encoding solutions that will meet the needs of streaming video platforms in current volatile market conditions.

Energy prices in Europe are projected to soar and remain high for the foreseeable future. As a result, governments are implementing energy conservation policies. These new government policies are having a real and immediate effect on the streaming video industry. Some EU (European Union) member countries have already restricted the construction of new hyper-scale data centers, citing energy and physical-space shortfalls.

These restrictions severely limit hyper-scale video platforms’ ability to increase encoding capacity, which is needed to deploy new streaming services. Pushback on new hyper-scale data centers is not constrained to Europe, with new data center builds in Asia and North America also facing challenges. 

With difficulty in deploying new hyper-scale data centers, “rack-locked” video platforms are looking for solutions that enable them to increase their encoding density in their existing server footprint while minimizing energy consumption.

Data center operators face a 40% increase in costs due to the looming energy crisis.

Data center operators face a 40% increase in costs due to the looming energy crisis. Global events in 2022 are driving uncertainty in the data center industry. With a looming energy crisis potentially driving cost increases of up to 40%, streaming video platforms need to act decisively to mitigate massive OPEX increases. A great strategy is to migrate from software encoding to ASIC-based encoding, which can reduce OPEX by as much as 40x, enabling streaming video platforms to remain profitable amid unstable energy costs.

Next-generation streaming solutions

StreamVX creates next-generation streaming solutions that virtualize the functionality of the infrastructure used by broadcasters, MSOs, and Telcos. VxOS, Stream VX’s advanced platform, enables the virtualization of various processing functions, which are packaged as vxAPPs enabling optimized workflows for applications, including live streaming, OTT/SVOD, and digital ad insertion. The flexibility of StreamVX’s solutions allows them to run on-premises, in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud, or in any other public or private cloud.

StreamVX’s most advanced encoding solutions, powered by NETINT VPUs (Video Processing Units), offer best-in-class, low-power, low-latency encoding performance. NETINT VPUs utilize ASIC-based video processing to real-time encode AV1, HEVC, and H.264 at up to 8x 4Kp60 or 32x 1080p60 streams per VPU. A StreamVX encoding server fully populated with 10x NETINT VPUs offers up to 40x greater encoding capacity than existing software encoding solutions. 

My personal mission is to reduce carbon footprints via dense technology

Our top expertise areas are reducing infrastructure and minimizing costs. I am an environmentalist whose personal mission is to reduce carbon footprints via dense technology. NETINT provides these types of solutions - said Szymon Karbowski, CEO of StreamVX

Minimize host CPU utilization

By offloading complex encode/decode processing to its onboard ASIC, NETINT VPUs minimize host CPU utilization. The result significantly improved real-time transcoding density compared to CPU/software-based encoding.

NETINT VPUs utilize as little as 7 watts per module, enabling StreamVX encoding solutions to offer, in addition to a 40x increase in encoding density, a 40x reduction in power consumption compared to existing CPU/software-based encoding.

StreamVX and NETINT are delivering a scalable encoding platform that meets the critical requirements of streaming video platform operators, giving them the means to expand their encoding capacity while simultaneously lowering their energy costs and enabling them to remain profitable under the current unpredictable global business environment.