Often in technology, in order to move forward, we need to look at where we have been.

Yesterday, I was invited to present the keynote at the Streaming Forum conference in London and described how we are moving from an appliance-based architecture to a containerised based architecture.

For example with our old platform, it would take up to 4 weeks to configure, test and launch new live channels compared to minutes with our new platform.

Another important aspect of this change is to break away from being attached to equipment and offered the Pets versus Cattle analogy with the emergence of Streaming DevOps being the merging of two skill sets to optimise the video workflow.

One area, that I did not have time to discuss was the cultural changes that needed to happen to make Streaming DevOps a reality. We’ve worked really hard to integrate Streaming engineers and DevOps engineering together so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This means that engineers now have time for research and development to enhance our services. This is critical to success as we need to be able to see the whole forest and not just the trees.

Streaming Media Global published a review of the keynote, which can be found here.

The slides are available below;

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I’d like to thank Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen for inviting me to speak and Dom Robinson of Streaming Media for an interesting panel discussion.