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April 04, 2013

Telestream Vantage to Use Aspera Faspex for Rapid File Transfer

By Christopher Mohr, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Telestream and Aspera (News - Alert) announced on Monday the release of faspex for Telestream Vantage. The solution will provide a faster file transport mechanism for Vantage data.

Emeryville, CA (News - Alert)-based Aspera develops file transport technologies designed to perform at the highest speed possible without regard to file size, distance or network environment. One of its main products is fasp, a patented file transfer technology that outperforms conventional transfer methods like TCP or FTP.

According to Aspera, conventional file transfer is adequate for low capacity tasks, but fails to perform at an acceptable level in big data operations.

These performance lags are due to limitations inherent in the design of TCP, a technology developed about 40 years ago. Attempts at enhancing the performance of TCP have only resulted in minimal gains, where an improvement by orders of magnitude was needed. Instead of trying to make an outdated standard perform better, an entirely new transport method was a better approach.

This resulted in the development of fasp and faspex.

Nevada City, CA-based Telestream develops video and workflow solutions for media and entertainment companies that produce video content. Its Vantage product is a video transcoding and workflow solution that develops processes for converting video from one format to another. Since video media, by its nature, requires huge files to store content, a transport mechanism such as faspex, which can deliver big data quickly, is critical.

Telestream made the decision to work with Aspera to integrate faspex with Vantage in response to customer demand for Aspera technology. As a result, transferring files is done seamlessly instead of as a separate, manual process.

Aspera’s fasp technology is one piece of the proverbial puzzle of delivering video content. The global demand for video has increased so rapidly the in last couple of years that infrastructure providers are worried about being able to keep up with it.

While fasp doesn't address all issues related to delivering video content, it appears to have at least addressed some of them quite well.

Edited by Braden Becker
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