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August 25th, 2016

High Density IP Networks Obtain The First Dual 40 Gigabit Probe From Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies today announced the VB440-V dual 40 Gigabit Ethernet virtual probe, to assist with the monitoring of high density IP media traffic in core broadcasting networks, production studios, outside broadcast and master control centers, Bridge Technologies has released their VB440-V dual 60 Gigabit Ethernet virtual probe—this will also maximize Quality of Service (QoS) and enable rectification of problems.
With the ability to support dual 40 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces—giving VB440-V an effective throughput of 80 Gigabits—and with its support of SDIoIP (SDI-over-IP), network operators and digital media organisations will be provided with an analytics solution for thousands of streams and multiple technologies in real-time and in parallel. Providing SDI analytics from 270 MBit to 12 GigaBit requires packet accuracy in the nanosecond range, a capability already built in to Bridge Technologies IP probes.

Bridge Technologies' VB440-V.

The VB440-V is also the first product to feature SMPTE 2022.7 dual redundant stream analysis as an extension of its support for SDIoIP; SMPTE 2022.6, RFC 4175 and AES67.

The VB440-V is designed for the full cross-section of services commonly found in media-related network operations and is a multi-use tool to monitor network performance involving signal formats and areas as diverse as video IP multicast/unicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, video-on-demand unicast, Ethernet packet micro bursts, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection. Optionally available with the VB440-V is the award-winning ETR290 Engine including the Gold TS automatic reference capability.
Up to 500 OTT/ABR streams may be monitored at the master play-out or at the CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the bulk OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Smooth Streaming, HLS, HDS, DASH and basic RTMP. Up to 2,000 IP streams can be monitored and analyzed with measurement analytics available via easy drill-down functionality and the patented Bridge Technologies MediaWindow™ user interface, which provides easy-to-assess graphical visualization of the data.
The VB440-V delivers, in effect, 8x the capacity of the VB330-V. Developed for data center or broadcast studio deployment, the VB440-V can be installed almost instantly on any standard high-performance server with the appropriate network interfaces to allow rapid scaling of capacity. Through its EII (External Integration Interface) the VB440-V can be integrated with any third-party management and data systems.
The VB440-V will be demonstrated by Bridge Technologies at IBC (Stand 1.F68). The company will also feature a technology demonstration of a 100 Gigabit IP probe.
According to the Chairman of Bridge Technologies, Simen K. Frostad, the VB440-V addresses two issues of significant concern to broadcasters: the transition to higher Ethernet speeds as well as the need to support SDIoIP. The product provides a highly cost-effective solution that is future-proof, with support for network speeds higher than those currently typically employed by the industry and is compatible with major initiatives such as AIMS and ASPEN.