My second public speaking was a panel discussion at Streaming Forum 2017, running alongside the BVE conference at ExCel in London on March 1st. The topic was “Virtualisation for media publishers, CDNs and operators”. I’d like to personally thank Dom, Andy and Mike for taking part in a very interesting debate and hope you enjoy  watching the video.

We examine the evolution of technology trends in the streaming space over the past 20 years, and why the trend is towards virtualisation at all levels – from media encoding and transcoding to delivery – leading to higher availability, stronger security, and higher service velocity. The increasing availability of graphics processors in commodity chipsets is changing the dynamic of where and how media is treated. This session will present a case study showing how this can provide for ‘carrier-grade’ availability even if the underlying fabric is only offering commodity-grade SLAs. Panellists will discuss how virtualisation is evolving in the operator space, and how it is changing the strategy of telcos and media distributors as they seek to bring these capabilities to market.

My comments can be heard at;

25:45 Thoughts of virtualisation and the power of software and micro services. What happens when a premier league events happens?

36:25 Thoughts on why we need low latency video streaming to be closer to live. Challenges with standard protocols and why metrics are important. Taking your colleagues on the journey with you. “Why do you need to touch the Sky 1 channel? Hey there’s this IP thing, it’s the future and you need to get on board.”

47:20 Thoughts on opportunities provided by virtualisation, micro services to scale streaming and vod services.

56:49 Thoughts on storage and high performance storage.

1:00:50 “Satellite is a cost effective mass market distribution system”. “People are time poor and we all have this challenge and if anything, this pace is accelerating and this mantra about doing less with more, also applies to people and to time.”

Moderator: Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter – id3as & Contributing Editor,, UK
Andy Conway, Key Account Manager – Kontron, UK
Jeff Webb, Principal Streaming Architect – Sky, UK
Mike Ory, Engineering Manager, Digital Platforms – Verizon Digital Media Platforms, USA