18 Nov 2014

Varnish Software releases three new products to increase website scalability and performance

Released today (Nov 18, 2014) are three new products to add to the Varnish Plus application; Unlimited cache sizing, increased caching performance and customized cache optimization support content-heavy, high-traffic sites.

“For most consumers, websites are now the pivotal point of interaction with companies. If information and content isn’t delivered instantly, they will seek alternatives that are just a mouse-click away,” – Per Buer, Founder and CTO, Varnish Software.

Product details:

Unlimited cache sizing with Varnish Massive Storage Engine
The new Varnish Massive Storage Engine tackles the problems of content-heavy sites by allowing the Varnish caching layer to handle multi-terabyte data sets. This makes it possible to cache almost unlimited objects while the website performance remains stable over time. The Varnish Massive Storage Engine is targeted at business with large data sets such as online retailers, image banks, video distributors or Content Distribution Networks and enables them to deliver high quality content within their current infrastructure while pushing the bounds of modern web experience delivery.

Increased caching performance and resilience with Varnish High Availability
Varnish High Availability is a high performance content replicator that eliminates cache misses (when an item looked up in the cache is not found) and ensures the stability of the Varnish Cache set-up. By protecting the backend infrastructure from overload caused by cache misses, it increases website performance and minimizes the risk of frustrated visitors leaving websites. Varnish High Availability is for Varnish Cache users whose sites are business-critical. It can be installed with any multi-cache Varnish Cache setup, including two/three node CDN POP installations.

Customized cache optimization with Varnish Tuner
Varnish Tuner automates customized cache optimization in both the Varnish and operating system environments. It recommends configuration options for the Varnish Cache set-up including how the operating system should be tuned, which cache parameters should be changed or replaced and also explains these recommendations. Varnish Tuner makes it possible for businesses to find the specific set-ups that best matches their resources and needs, resulting in better website performance.

Availability:
Varnish Massive Storage Engine, Varnish High Availability and Varnish Tuner are all available from today with a Varnish Plus subscription

Contact us today for all your Varnish purchasing/training/configuration needs!

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08 Oct 2012

It's Official, Adobe Media Server 5 Has Arrived!

Adobe Media Server 5 (formerly known as Adobe Flash Media Server) is now officially released and shipping. Along with a name change that clearly demonstrates its ubiquity across all platforms, AMS 5 has a great list of improved and new features that are available right out of the box.

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22 Jun 2012
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31 Oct 2011
22 Feb 2011

P2P Allows Your Application to Reach Large Audiences Economically

Peer-To-Peer Flash Player Communication

Recent advancements to the Flash Player (10.0 and above) have given developers the ability to create applications that are economically scalable to large audiences. By utilizing RTMFP (Real Time Media Flow Protocol) it is now possible to develop applications that rely on direct peer-to-peer communication between Flash Player instances. A major benefit of this protocol is a dramatic reduction in bandwidth costs for applications that rely on real-time communication, such as video chat applications, and multi-player games.


The following are demonstrations of some of the ways in which this new technology can be implemented:

Basic Demos

Metrics Demo (Serverless)

Multiuser Video Demo

Elearning Demo

File Sharing (Adobe AIR)

Adobe AIR – File Sharing

File Sharing Receiver (AIR)

What’s Out There? Games

Battle Cell

Haxball

What’s Out There? Other

Chat Roulette (NSFW)

P2P Radar (Desktop)

P2P Radar (Android)

Testing RTMFP Capability

RTMFP Connectivity Checker

Live Multicast Streaming Using OSMF

Article by David Hassoun and John Crosby in Adobe Developer Connection

Peer-assisted networking using RTMFP groups in Flash Player 10.1

Article by David Hassoun and Jun Heider in Adobe Developer Connection

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09 Sep 2010

Flash Media Server 4 Released

Adobe announced today that Flash Media Server 4 is now available for trial/purchase.  In its most basic form, Flash Media Server 4 (FMS 4), is an advanced media delivery solution for those looking to leverage the advantages of dynamically streamed video over progressive download.  However, the FMS 4 family is capable of much more than that.  Aside from the free Flash Media Development Server, which is used to develop new applications for Flash Media Interactive Server, as well as run very low-volume streaming applications, FMS 4 comes in Three flavors:

  • Flash Media Streaming Server
  • Flash Media Interactive Server
  • Flash Media Enterprise Server

All three versions offer new features from what were available in FMS 3.5, such as:

Full 64-bit support – Server resources improved by being supported on 64-bit processors. Able to be installed on a wider range of platforms. Now supports CENTOS 5.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3, and Windows Server 2008.

Enhanced buffer performance – You can now take advantage of Flash Player 10.1’s ability to interactively access media held in the buffer, which allows for actions such as fast motion, slow motion, etc.

Live HTTP Dynamic Streaming – In addition to streaming content via RTMP/RTMPE, FMS 4 can now take advantage of the industry-standard HTTP protocol, and still enjoy the quality-of-service features provided by dynamic streaming. FMS 4 also allows for the addition of DRM protection with Flash Access 2.

Faster Switching with RTMP Dynamic Streaming – FMS 4 provides improved adaptive bitrate delivery, giving your end users seamless video playback regardless of their bandwith stability.

The Three Flavors of FMS 4

Flash Media Streaming Server 4

  • Designed as an affordable step up from progressive download video delivery.
  • Faster dynamic switching, HTTP dynamic streaming, and server-side Access C++ plug-ins to enable more secure communication with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder 3.1.
  • $995

Flash Media Interactive Server 4

  • Takes advantage of new IP multicast to maximize network efficiencies.
  • Enhanced multi-user experiences, such as chat, VoIP, video overlays, server-side playlists, and server-side recording.
  • $4,500

Flash Media Enterprise Server 4

  • Utilizes the new RTMFP (Real Time Media Flow Protocol) to allow for peer-to-peer assisted networking.  Drastically increase network efficiencies by leveraging peer-to-peer communication without being routed through a server.
  • Take advantage of both IP multicast and Application multicast.
  • Call for pricing (303-862-8611)


With the release of FMS 4, the possibilities for creating interactive, seamless video delivery experiences have never been more promising. By taking advantage of the many features available from the Flash Media Server family, as well as from the production tools provided in the OSMF, Creative Suite, etc., media content providers are now in a great position to make exciting advances in the area of media content delivery.

  • For more information about the Flash Media Server family, or to inquire about purchasing options, please call 303-862-8611.
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