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vFusion(tm) Software Unifies & Centralizes Network-Wide Content and Resource Management To Eliminate Scalability Barriers in Large VOD Networks

In an industry breakthrough that brings efficient and cost-effective management to video networks of any size, Kasenna, the leader in broadband video network systems, today announced the release of vFusion, its advanced video network management application. For the first time ever, vFusion eliminates the spiraling costs and complexity that plague network operators as they scale their video networks with distributed servers. vFusion allows service providers and network operators in large organizations to manage on-demand video content and resources across their networks, thereby optimizing quality of service, resource usage, and costs. By bringing end-to-end manageability to networks built of video server islands, vFusion allows network operators to treat their video content and video capture, storage, and delivery systems as a unified resource.

"As the video on demand (VOD) market evolves, server technology is becoming less of a problem," said Matt Davis, Director of Broadband Access Technologies at The Yankee Group. "Operators are scaling their networks to deliver content at the edges of the network, and face a critical challenge managing content and resources across the network. Kasenna delivers a unified management system for standards-based video networks that helps solve these manageability hurdles and ultimately makes video services efficient and profitable for a wider range of service providers."

The result of Kasenna's long and innovative history of working with operators deploying VOD, vFusion technology is based on many of the core patents in the company's rich patent portfolio. Kasenna today has further emphasized its role as a visionary technology leader in the broadband video technology market by also revolutionizing video service development with the release of vForge, the world's first integrated video services development framework. (See "Kasenna Introduces Industry's First Integrated Video Service Development Environment," also released today.)

vFusion Brings Full Control, Maximum Efficiency to Distributed VOD Networks
As video applications scale with decentralized servers, it becomes increasingly complex and costly to ensure proper content management, workflow management, system administration, and monitoring across the network. vFusion manages this complexity?and reduces the costs and operational inefficiencies it creates?by giving video network operators a complete, centralized view of their network. vFusion includes modules for content administration, content ingest management, distribution management, monitoring, and content delivery management, all available via a powerful interface that presents the entire video network as a unified resource. In addition, vFusion handles workflow management, server configuration, system information collection, and comprehensive reporting that allows network operators to get precise data on key metrics such as bandwidth usage, storage capacity, and content popularity.

Significantly, vFusion leverages prevailing industry standards, enabling it to manage not only Kasenna MediaBase(tm) servers, but other video servers based on open standards as well. As a result, network operators can deploy vFusion without abandoning their investments in current edge servers.

vFusion also leverages Kasenna's Cluster Manager technology, which allows users to granularly scale their video offering by seamlessly adding servers to meet subscriber demand. Automatic load balancing and threshold management for more popular titles ensures that they are always available wherever they are stored across the network. These capabilities allow network operators to make smarter decisions about which content to maintain in edge server storage, thereby optimizing the storage resources at each server, and leveraging flexible distribution scheduling to minimize the impact on the network.

"In distributed video networks, it's not about managing individual servers anymore, it's about managing the network as a whole," said Mark Gray, president and CEO of Kasenna. "Cost efficiency and quality of service depend on being able to put content and equipment resources in exactly the right place at the right time. vFusion is the only system that makes standards-based video networks manageable, eliminating the costs and complexity barriers that have held back VOD network growth to date."

Kasenna vFusion is available immediately.

About Kasenna
Kasenna is video with vision. Since 1993, the Kasenna team has led the broadband video industry with a focus on open standards and an intelligent management infrastructure. Kasenna's software supports multiple content formats and viewer devices, allowing service providers, enterprises, and other organizations to build commercial-grade IP video networks that support new and emerging video services. Kasenna's patented software technology has been proven with thousands of successful and profitable telecom, cable, hospitality, enterprise, education, and government deployments worldwide. Kasenna is headquartered in Mountain View, California and is privately held. For more information, please visit www.kasenna.com.


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