Vbrick Ramp was the first eCDNs verified to work with Microsoft Stream. Our software solutions are integrated with Microsoft Stream to distribute both live events and video on demand. With Vbrick Ramp eCDN, you can significantly reduce the bandwidth needed to distribute high-quality video from Microsoft Stream to every viewer on your network.
Each solution has built-in security, centralized management and robust analytics. They can work together or independently. Vbrick Ramp eCDN can also support every other enterprise streaming platform you’re using now or plan to use in the future.
Microsoft Stream eCDN: Vbrick Ramp Multicast
Regardless of the number of viewers watching your live event, Vbrick Ramp Multicast distributes a single stream of video from Microsoft Stream to everyone on your network. Using the example noted above, you will only need 3.5 mbps to distribute the new CEO’s webcast to all 20,000 employees (versus 70,000 mbps without a Microsoft Stream eCDN). As a result, Multicast is hands down the most efficient way to stream live events from Microsoft Stream.
Vbrick Ramp Multicast is made up of two key components. A Multicast Sender, server software you install on existing hardware, and Multicast Receivers installed on viewing devices. Multicast retrieves your live video stream from Microsoft Stream, encapsulates it, encrypts it, and sends it to Multicast Receivers. From there, the Multicast Receivers unencapsulate the video and make it available locally to the Microsoft Stream video player in the browser.
Vbrick Ramp Multicast is packed with other features that make it ideal for multicast-enabled networks, including:
- Silent testing/event simulation for spotting potential network concerns before a live event
- Patented forward error correction and bandwidth smoothing technologies to ensure a highly predictable, deterministic network and glitch-free quality of experience—even on unstable connections like Wi-Fi
- Deploys 100% behind the firewall with end-to-end encryption and PKI certificates to prevent unauthorized transmission of video streams
- Web-based management console to administer and monitor all aspects of your enterprise streaming video environment
Microsoft Stream eCDN: Vbrick Ramp Edge Caching
Vbrick Ramp Edge Caching is the only caching solution integrated with Microsoft Stream. It works much like caches used to store other types of data, but we designed it to handle the large data types that comprise streaming video.
Here’s how it works. You install edge caching software on servers deployed close to concentrations of viewers. When the first viewer requests a live or on-demand video from Microsoft Stream, edge caching stores a copy of the video. When the next user(s) requests the video, Vbrick Ramp delivers it from the Microsoft Stream eCDN cache. Now, fewer video streams are traveling the entire network and each has less distance to travel. As a result, viewers enjoy faster start times and an awesome viewing experience.
Like our other Microsoft Stream eCDN solutions, Vbrick Ramp Edge Caching is packed with features that make it a great option, including:
- If you don’t want to manage software on viewing devices, it offers full functionality without the need for client software or browser plugins
- Self-discoverable and self-healing for exceptional resiliency
- Pre-positioning allows you to push videos to local caches during periods of low network activity
- Web-based management console to administer, monitor and analyze all aspects of your enterprise streaming video environment
- Easy to start small and scale over time
Microsoft Stream eCDN: Vbrick Ramp Peer-to-Peer
Vbrick Ramp is the first vendor to offer all three types of eCDNs for Microsoft Stream users. In addition to multicasting and video caching, Vbrick Ramp offers a peer-to-peer WebRTC solution.
A peer-to-peer network controller (server application) forms peer groups of end-user devices. The groups are based on geographic proximity, making the peers suitable to share content quickly and easily. When a user requests a video, the peer-to-peer controller checks the peer group to determine if it has been previously stored. If a peer is found, the video will be provided without connecting to Microsoft Stream.
The result is less bandwidth consumed at the critical network bottlenecks and a higher-quality, stable viewing experience. Vbrick Ramp peer-to-peer benefits include:
- No client software or plugins
- Hosted in the cloud or on-premises to meet strict security protocols
- Scales automatically as demand grows
- Event statistics and video analytics let you monitor your network and webcast performance in real-time for a holistic, data-driven view of your streaming videos