Imagine Communications’ third-annual media and entertainment industry survey reveals a growing familiarity with microservices and cloud-native applications, increased comfortability with next-generation technologies and a resulting acceleration of plans to transition operations to IP-based environments, including the cloud.
“The hundreds of media professionals who participated in the survey provide an invaluable insider’s assessment of the future direction of the media industry, from both a technology and commercial viewpoint,” said Imagine Communications CEO Charlie Vogt.
A new development in this year’s survey, validated by the wide-scale acceptance of next-gen architectures at the 2017 NAB Show and multiple real-world deployments, is that much of the uncertainty surrounding the future technology landscape has dissipated. Most media companies now recognise the migration of operations from purpose-built hardware to software-driven environments based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms as a competitive and economic imperative. It’s now widely accepted that only IT-based infrastructures are capable of delivering the agility and versatility needed to speed the velocity of new service introductions and futureproof facilities against disruptive and frequent technology refreshes.
When asked how their attitudes toward transitioning their operations, including live production, to an IP-based environment had changed over the past year, more than half of all respondents to the 2017 survey indicated an increased confidence in the suitability of IP-based environments to host even-the-most-demanding operations. In addition, 34% of all respondents say they are now planning to accelerate their transition to IP from where they were a year ago.
The report speculates that a growing number of successful real-world, next-gen deployments; the availability of testing facilities, including the recently launched Imagine Communications Labs (IC Labs); and progress toward widespread interoperability resulting from the actions of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) trade association all played roles in boosting the comfort level associated with a transition to standard computing equipment.
The report can be downloaded here.