Corporate intranet users could find it easier to distribute audio and video over their networks, following the launch of a range of Video Servers by IBM.
The servers, which are additions to the RS/6000 family, let users provide streamed video across standard networks. IBM claims the MediaStreamer Solutions, a package of hardware and software, and the Video Charger Server software for AIX, will make it easier for businesses to manage video files and incorporate real-time on-demand video into their Internet/intranet communications.
IBM's moves are in line with growing user demand for multimedia applications across corporate intranets, and for high-end video and audio capabilities to enhance corporate Web sites.
The Video Charger Server software, for companies with a client-server environment running on RS/6000 servers, allows video to be streamed across the network. Such streaming, based on the Real Time Protocol, eliminates the need for downloading or saving a file before it is played.
IBM expects the product to be used by companies with intranets who want to enhance their business presentations, or to play advertisments on their Web sites.
Although UK pricing has not been set, the software will cost $28,600 (16,800) in the US. A range of leasing and other finance options are available.
IBM MediaStreamer Solutions are a suite of applications intended for broadcast, cable and satellite applications. Examples of possible uses include information-on-demand kiosks, videoconferencing, corporate broadcasts and remote learning.
In the US, the price of MediaStreamer Solutions will range from $128,770 to $224,000. Both products are expected to ship by the end of next February.
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