New 3Com partner VBrick Systems becomes the latest partner to add new services that exploit 3Com's open networking platform.
3Com on Feb. 13 added a third partner module to its MultiService Router
Platform, this time focusing on video over IP.
3Com as part of its Open Network Program added a new digital video portal
with partner VBrick Systems. The portal, integrated with the 3Com MSRs, allows
customers to easily add centralized access to video podcasts, live video
streams and on-demand digital libraries.
"This is really a plug-and-play solution. Anybody that has existing [3Com
MSRs] can in less than an hour have live and streaming video across their
network," said Sherman Schlar, technical marketing manager at VBrick Systems.
The aim of the new VBrick Video Portal (ViP) is to allow existing 3Com
customers to create and watch video content without having to invest in
The ViP module, which joins existing MSR modules for VOIP (voice over IP)
from Digium and application acceleration from Expand Networks, was created with
3Com's healthy installed base of educational customers in mind.
"Customers wanted some form of video distribution portal for lectures.
We were looking for partners in this space, and VBrick often came across as a
best-of-breed vendor to distribute video, so it was an ideal marriage," said
Peter Doggart, senior director, product line management, at 3Com. "We worked on
a way to integrate components of the VBrick ecosystem on top of the [Open
Services Networking platform]."
The ViP module, which the two vendors tested and validated on 3Com's MSRs,
works with VBrick's digital video appliances, which can digitize, transmit,
receive and record video in Windows Media, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats.
The ViP module can also be used in the enterprise for training or corporate messages.
It can automatically broadcast live or prerecorded emergency broadcast messages
to users' desktops or handheld devices. And priority alert broadcasts can be
streamed to specific locations or departments.
3Com launched its Open Services Networking initiative one year ago to give
customers more choices in the services they want to integrate into their 3Com
network fabric. OSN offers software vendors, integrators and customers an
open Linux server platform for integrating new services more deeply within the
network fabric. The ViP module is the 11th
service to be released for the OSN platform.
The new module is available now from both vendors and their resellers.