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SURF and Intel Introduce First Platform for NFV, WebRTC

By Rory Lidstone February 10, 2016

Roughly eight months ago, SURF Communication Solutions launched its SURF-HMP comprehensive multimedia communications and processing platform to address interoperability challenges for WebRTC. Although the platform has a lot to offer, it was perhaps the claim that SURF-HMP could end the battle between WebRTC codecs—it supports transcoding between H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9—that was most exciting. Now, SURF has followed up on this announcement in an exciting and unexpected way.

In particular, the company has launched SURF ORION-HMP and SURF MOTION-HMP as the “next building blocks of the SURF-HMP family.” Developed in collaboration with Intel Corporation, this extension to SURF-HMP takes on NFV/SDN in much the same way it tackled WebRTC, expanding the boundaries of both technologies.

As NFV is being embraced by the telecommunications industry, it has signaled a shift in which service providers are abandoning dedicated network equipment infrastructures in lieu of virtualized, software-based solutions that run on server farms. NFV implementations are now demanding support for the latest video and voice codecs and standards that empower LTE and WebRTC deployments. At the same time, network operators want guaranteed interoperability with incumbent SIP and H.32. legacy networks and services. That’s where SURF ORION-HMP and SURF MOTION-HMP come in.

“Following almost two decades of multimedia processing excellence, SURF meticulously evaluated the available platforms suitable for our next generation offering,” said Avi Fisher, SURF’s CEO. “We were delighted to find the superb media capabilities provided by Intel Media Server Studio and hardware-accelerated codec support in Intel processors, which are second to none; therefore we have invested considerably in acquiring expertise and proficiency on Intel-based platforms to achieve what SURF-HMP can now provide.”

SURF’s new family of products leverages Intel processors with integrated graphics as optimized by Intel Media Server Studio, for fast, high-quality media acceleration that facilitates up to 4K video resolutions, along with high capacity HD voice and video processing. In addition, SURF-HMP features a flexible underlying design that meets the requirements of evolving and large-scale deployments, while supporting all major video and voice codecs and protocols in use and delivering a multitude of applications.

“SURF-HMP marks a breakthrough in multimedia processing for telecom and service providers, lowering related infrastructure and OPEX, while significantly increasing performance and functionality,” Ariel Linker, SURF’s vice president of Sales & Marketing.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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