Join Us: Telco shines at NAB Show, exploring Swisscom TV’s migration of live TV onto virtualized infrastructure

At this spring’s NAB Show, April 7-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Red Hat will be there to share some cool telco demos in our booth and participate in a Sunday afternoon session on live TV and virtualization.

With carrier-grade network and service availability requirements, multicast traffic, and complex brown field environments, processing live, linear TV is one of the most challenging workloads to run on a cloud. That’s why Swisscom TV’s first migration of live TV channel processing to an IP-based virtualized infrastructure based on OpenStack is worth talking about.

Red Hat’s chief technologist of global telco, Ian Hood, will be joined by Swisscom’s head of IP TV development, Bruno Haug, and Marco Loetscher, cloud architect with HPE, to explore how and why Swisscom, the market leading TV provider in Switzerland, made the move to OpenStack. The session will explain how Swisscom is utilizing OpenStack to increase business agility and drastically reduce cost by virtualizing and orchestrating the management and production of linear TV channels.

Presenters will share details on the technical challenges faced during the project phase and how they were solved, including:

  • How are network functions virtualization (NFV) principles and reference architectures applicable to media workloads?
  • Why did multicast traffic not work on open vSwitch (OVS) when the project started, and how did you make it work in this scenario?
  • What are the differences to containerized implementations and what is needed to make it work there?

The session, entitled “Live-TV HeadEnd Virtualization in Real Life,” will be held Sunday, April 8 from 3:20 p.m. until 4:40 p.m. in N260-B. And make sure to stop by our booth in the South Hall Upper level, SU12710, to check out our telco demos. We hope you can join us!

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