Deutsche Telekom has teamed with IBM to implement a digital media content hosting and delivery system which, they believe, is one of the world's largest.
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The Media Distribution Caching Service (MDCS), launched in Germany on Monday, will allow customers to use Deutsche Telekom's IP network to store and deliver large video and audio files faster, more easily and on an on-demand basis, the companies claimed.
"This is the first deployment of our media distribution system, and we believe it's the largest to be introduced by anyone in the industry so far," said IBM spokesman Wolfgang Moehl.
The system includes an array of IBM technology, including servers, database software and a delivery platform designed especially for carriers. Also included are storage and delivery products from Network Appliance.
The MDCS platform allows content providers to deliver multimedia content to their customers in near real-time or on demand. The system supports speeds up to 500K bps (bits per second) while allowing 30,000 terminals to access Deutsche Telekom's network simultaneously, and can expanded according to demand.
Deutsche Telekom has Europe's largest base of digital subscriber line customers, with more than 3.4 million users.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service