Harmonic adds Microsoft Azure support and expands partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS360 SaaS

Harmonic's VOS360 SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, allowing content and service providers to launch revenue-generating OTT services more rapidly.
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Harmonic has announced the immediate availability of Harmonic's VOS 360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure with video content delivered by Akamai Media Delivery. Harmonic's VOS360 SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, allowing content and service providers to launch revenue-generating OTT services more rapidly.

This combined offering enables video content and service providers to adopt a more modern, agile and scalable media processing and delivery workflow that eliminates egress costs and extends global reach. VOS360 SaaS will leverage Akamai's global CDN for secure delivery of video content, providing customer service, analytics and continuous monitoring.

"Our VOS360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure, with Akamai as the delivery partner, gives media companies a combination of best-in-class services, helping them to quickly capitalize on the demand for high-quality video streaming," said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development, Harmonic. "In particular, Azure's global footprint provides us access to data centers wherever we have customers, perfectly aligning with Harmonic's growing worldwide OTT business."

"Consumers are demanding more content and flawless video on every screen, and the result is an increasing need for simple, scalable and reliable video streaming solutions," said Bob DeHaven, worldwide general manager for media & communications, Microsoft. "VOS360 SaaS on Microsoft Azure, and delivered by Akamai CDN, is a hyper-scale, integrated platform built to deliver superior-quality video experiences to consumers everywhere."

"The cloud ushered in a host of capabilities to help enable high-quality video streaming to global audiences, but that came with challenges. Akamai technology helps companies to more easily stream video at the highest possible quality across varying network conditions and device capabilities, reliably and on a global scale," said Jon Alexander, senior director, media product management, Akamai. "Together with Harmonic and Microsoft, we help simplify media processing from a cloud infrastructure that is scalable and cost-effective, making this an attractive solution for our joint customers."

Azure offers media companies an intelligent cloud service that helps to bring content to market faster and accelerates engagement and monetisation.

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