Arista Networks and Nevion to develop media network solutions for broadcasting

A first joint solution sees the integration of Nevion’s VideoIPath with Arista Networks’ extensible operating system (EOS)

Nevion has established a strategic partnership with Arista Networks to provide media network solutions for the broadcasting industry.

Under this partnership, the companies have developed a joint solution that features an integration of Nevion’s orchestration and software-defined network (SDN) control, VideoIPath, with Arista’s extensible operating system (EOS). The partnership also allows Nevion to act as a reseller of Arista’s software-driven cloud networking solutions.

Andy Rayner, chief technologist at Nevion, explained: “The broadcast industry is experiencing the coming together of broadcast-specific requirements and standard IP networking technology. In particular, live production needs a very low latency, reliability, high-bandwidth transport of video, audio and data signals across both LANs and WANs. Our joint solution delivers on this.”

As part of the partnership, Nevion’s VideoIPath SDN control has also been extended to include support for Arista’s EOS OpenConfig API. This, according to Nevion, will allow VideoIPath to create “deterministic connections” across IP local and wide area networks, including the redundant paths, as well as to manage bandwidth — ensuring the performance required in live video broadcasting. VideoIPath also control Nevion’s software-defined media nodes, Virtuosos, which provide the broadcast media transport and processing capabilities of the overall joint solution.

Ed Chapman, vice-president of business development at Arista, concluded: “The combination of Nevion media orchestration and Arista’s EOS media and entertainment specific APIs delivers the control, reliability and scalability required for today’s high definition 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast networks.”


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