SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

September 11, 2010 03:15 ET

Harmonic Unveils Powerful Rhozet® Workflow System Appliance

Fully Integrated Universal Offline Transcoding Server Reduces OPEX by Easing Installation, Configuration and Management

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - September 11, 2010) -  IBC 2010 STAND #1.C61 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today unveiled the Rhozet® Workflow System (WFS) Appliance, a fully-integrated, enterprise-class transcoding server solution that delivers remarkable performance while reducing operating expenses by easing installation, configuration and management. WFS Appliance brings together the powerful and extensible Rhozet WFS task-based workflow engine, which automates management of the video asset transformation process, with robust enterprise hardware and Harmonic's appliance software framework.

When combined with Harmonic's powerful ProStream™ 5000, a file-based transcoding device incorporating Rhozet Quality Control System (QCS) and Carbon Coder™ universal transcoding software, Harmonic delivers a turnkey, universal transcoding platform solution that requires minimal OPEX investment.

"This new solution offers the best of both worlds by combining the reliability, scalability, broad format support and quality output of Harmonic's market-leading file-based transcoding solutions with the cost benefits of a pre-configured, fully integrated, hardware/software platform. This powerful, yet cost-effective solution meets the high-volume transcoding requirements of broadcast facilities and professional studios," said Tom Lattie, Rhozet General Manager at Harmonic.

The pre-configured WFS Appliance allows for lower cost of ownership by reducing many of the IT challenges related to operating a large transcoding farm. By offering a function-specific appliance, Harmonic is able to customize the operating system environment, providing essential security management enhancements that simplify product and system updates.

At the heart of the WFS Appliance is the WFS task-based workflow engine for automated management of the video asset transformation process. WFS improves scalability, efficiency and reliability for media companies' most demanding transcoding needs with an open and distributed workflow.

When integrated with the ProStream 5000, WFS Appliance provides a highly optimized hardware and software combination with established performance benchmarks. The ProStream 5000 is a powerful and dense file-based transcoding device that boasts an unprecedented 16-processor core in a single rack-unit (1-RU). Advanced quality control features are delivered through Rhozet QCS which brings file-based quality testing and automated compliance into the transcoding process, significantly reducing the amount of manual intervention required to guarantee high quality output.

WFS Appliance also manages large-scale networks of Carbon Coder transcoder nodes in a distributed "farm" configuration. The distributed nature of WFS allows for automated processing of high-volume transcoding tasks, failover support, job distribution, job prioritization, dynamic load balancing, file transfer, status monitoring, and job notification. Harmonic customers can easily add WFS Appliance to their existing Carbon Coder farms to gain the scalability and management benefits that WFS Appliance provides.

Harmonic's Rhozet family of universal transcoding solutions facilitate the creation of multi-format video for Internet, mobile and broadcast applications, and will be on display at Harmonic's stand #1.C61 at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, September 10-14.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry's most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic's technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio -- including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic's IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit http://www.harmonicinc.com for more information. 

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: remarkable performance while reducing operating expenses by easing installation, configuration and management; a turnkey solution that requires minimal OPEX investment; combining the reliability, scalability, broad format support and quality output of Harmonic's market-leading file-based transcoding solutions with the cost benefits of a pre-configured, fully integrated, hardware/software platform; a powerful, yet cost-effective solution that meets the high-volume transcoding requirements of broadcast facilities and professional studios; lower cost of ownership; improves scalability, efficiency and reliability for media companies' most demanding transcoding needs with an open and distributed workflow; significantly reducing the amount of manual intervention required to guarantee high quality output.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic's Rhozet® Workflow System (WFS) Appliance and the anticipated benefits for customers may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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