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I'm looking for hardware to stream large amount of media from (5000Mbit per second and more).

Is there any hardware or special servers to accomplish that task? FMS or WMS don't matter as long as end user could view videos on a webpage.

How does Google do that on YouTube?

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Yep, there are lots, I use Cisco CDE kit (Clicky).

I'm a VoD-guy, there are so many questions you need to ask yourself before you can choose a streaming technology - the first being do you know what your client software/codec is, the second being whether you need QoS or not. Are you planning on charging for content or will it all be free?

As for Youtube, well it's mostly a combination of open-source code on commodity kit with a pinch of self-developed code.

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Basically i want to have Tube, like Youtube. Quality of videos would be in two formats low (for 1.5Mbit connections) and high (for 5Mbit and above) WEB USERS. We plan to charge for high quality content in future. thanks – eugeneK Jan 25 '10 at 14:05
Oh mate, it takes more than just asking a few questions to setup something like that, just the charging and entitlement-proxy stuff is complex. What are you using as a CMS? – Chopper3 Jan 25 '10 at 15:07
This is our own VOD/Tube site .... – eugeneK Jan 26 '10 at 7:20
I've been doing huge video-on-demand systems for about half a decade now and I reckon I've got a handle on about half of it all - it's an enormous subject and not something anyone can add sufficient detail to in the form of a SF answer. You need to understamd the load on your routing, front-end load-balancers and your firewalls before you can even think about what is actually performing the streaming - and the streamers themselves are a giant engineering effort to get right too. Basically I'm saying be very careful about what you commit to because you won't have thought of it all yet. – Chopper3 Jan 26 '10 at 12:52
We talking about 10000 connections at the time MAX... Currently we host videos on storages connected to servers. Each storage has certain of all videos and each hard disk has certain amount of all videos on storage. This outperformed RAID10 with the same amount of disks probably because there is large amount of files which are uploaded few times a hour. So write speed affects read speed thus RAID10 unusable... We use FMS as streaming application , we had no luck with Red5 and Windows Media Services which are better imho that FMS require WMP which has a lot of it's issues. What do you suggest ? – eugeneK Jan 26 '10 at 16:10

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