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DataMiner redefines end-to-end multi-vendor orchestration and automation

Skyline Communications announces the release of the latest version of its game-changing DataMiner Service and Resource Management (SRM) suite at NAB 2018. Combining numerous sophisticated DataMiner capabilities, this powerful software suite literally redefines end-to-end automation, orchestration and service performance monitoring for the broadcast, media and service provider industry. The solution provides accelerated service design, deployment and assurance with simplified, consistent and predictable operation during the entire service life cycle.

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Automation and orchestration have quickly evolved to become among the most strategic operational assets for any broadcaster, network operator or service provider dedicated to success. This is not surprising, as the expected benefits are considerable: operational cost savings by automating processes and executing them in a reliable manner, capex savings as a result of smart utilization of the available infrastructure and inventory – and speed. Speed to create new service offerings quickly in response to market demand and with great performance. First-rate from the first time. But while operators understand the key strategic value of powerful and flexible end-to-end orchestration, they have often been struggling to make operational transformations a reality, mainly because of proprietary and vendor-specific tools that create operational silos.

“DataMiner is by far the world’s leading multi-vendor NMS/OSS system on the market. The platform is integrated with the staggering amount of over 5000 products from more than 600 different technology suppliers. No other system even comes near the number of different protocols and APIs DataMiner supports. And that includes not only hardware processing and network nodes, but also a vast number of software applications, virtualization and container managers, and microservices, both in on-premises and off-premises constellations. In other words, the indispensable foundation of any professional orchestration solution,” said Steven Soenens, VP Product Marketing at Skyline Communications. “The DataMiner Service and Resource Management suite itself does exactly what it says: managing the entire service life cycle, in all of its aspects, from conception through development, deployment and operation – and this completely transparently across any technology, vendor and domain boundaries. And that’s unique in the broadcast and media industry.”

The DataMiner SRM solution also fully adheres to devops practices, so new services can be modelled, created and tested on the fly while others are running and being monitored by DataMiner in production. To meet SLA levels in today’s all-IP and virtualized infrastructures, end-to-end resource and capacity management have become table stakes in all aspects of operations. For this reason, any service state change, whether deployed in real time or scheduled ahead of time, is fully checked against available and capable resources, such as network capacity, data center capacity, bandwidth, CPU cores and cycles, memory, and much more. With DataMiner SRM, operators can no longer erroneously plan for mistakes.

The numerous capabilities of DataMiner SRM allow operators to create a consolidated service catalog with an intuitive built-in graphical editor, configure service levels and profiles, tailor the behavior of life cycle automation needs, and schedule the activation of a service to their exact requirements and as dictated by the business. DataMiner continuously takes care of resource and capacity verification and forecasting throughout the process.

“Skyline Communications has a very strong track record of continuous innovation. At NAB2018 we are releasing the latest version of our DataMiner Service and Resource Management suite, which is again a true game changer, as there’s really nothing alike in the industry,” said Ben Vandenberghe, CEO at Skyline Communications. “The demand for end-to-end multi-vendor, multi-domain and multi-tenant service orchestration is present everywhere in our many conversations with leading media and entertainment companies around the world. Automation of broadcast exchange for live and file content, broadcast remote production, smart SDN network control for media-over-IP streams, master control room automation, media service orchestration for broadcast and OTT playout, full stack media data center management – you name it, all these are applications where DataMiner SRM makes it all happen. And today, DataMiner SRM has already been selected and deployed by numerous leading companies in the global broadcast and media industry, exactly because of its truly unique value proposition.”