Xiran's Streaming Media Servers Provide Breakthroughs in Throughput

3/25/2003 - Xiran, a division of SimpleTech focused on developing content delivery acceleration solutions, now offers a family of high performance streaming media servers featuring the lowest cost per delivered stream for broadband content delivery applications. Designated the DirectPath STM-1000 family, configurations are available for use as origin servers that operate as a central network hub for content delivery, or as content delivery gateways to manage content delivery at the edge of the network. All products combine Xiran's proprietary DirectPath content delivery acceleration technology with a tuned version of RealNetworks' high performance Helix Universal Server software to set a new standard for streaming media throughput.

A single 2U STM-1000 server with three DirectPath Accelerator boards installed in internal PCI-bus slots can simultaneously output 9,000 300-kbps rich media streams in any protocol at wire speeds to on-line users -- 10 times the capability of the best streaming media servers on the market previously. This dramatic increase in throughput will allow the complete spectrum of streaming media providers, including ISPs, corporations, wireless providers, and cable companies, to cut their hardware, maintenance and operational costs by more than 75 percent.

"We expect our new STM-1000 streaming media servers with our DirectPath content delivery acceleration technology to make a major impact on the market for streaming media servers, which is forecast to grow to more than $500 million by 2005," said Jeanclaude Toma, vice president for marketing and business development for Xiran. "With several hundred million streaming media players already deployed on PCs worldwide, and additional content delivery opportunities in the set-top box and wireless arenas, content delivery acceleration will be a key market driver for the expansion of the streaming media business. We are looking forward to addressing the needs of top tier OEMs and end user customers across this market spectrum for streaming media solutions."

DirectPath STM-1000 servers provide up to 3 gigabit Ethernet ports to stream media contained in up to 2 terabytes of internal hot-swappable Fibre Channel disk storage with Raid 0+1. All networking and streaming media protocol functions are executed within the DirectPath Accelerator hardware to guarantee high quality of service regardless user traffic, bit rate and content format.

DirectPath STM-1000 server is platform and format agnostic, and can therefore replace multiple systems serving Real, Microsoft, QuickTime, HDTV and MPEG-4 formats simultaneously. A DirectPath STM-100 can support multiple media formats, including MMS, DT, RPT, RTSP, HTTP, TCP/IP and UDP, and multiple codecs including RM, WMA, WMV, ASF, SWF, DivX, MOV, MP3 and MPEG-1, -2 and -4. Separate ports are provided within an STM-1000 server for SNMP and content management.

Prices for Xiran DirectPath streaming media servers begin at $25,000 in small quantities, with first shipments scheduled for June 2003. A Xiran DirectPath STM-1000 streaming media server will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at the company's Booth #SL3126 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas from April 7 to 10, 2003. The company also intends to make its complete DirectPath technology solution available for OEMs and end users in card/blade and 2U rack-mount server form factors in the second quarter of 2003, with solutions for video-on-demand and network-attached storage planned for the second half of 2003.

About Xiran
Xiran, a division of SimpleTech (Nasdaq: STEC), is a technology leader in developing advanced solutions for accelerating content delivery by servers between storage and networks at wire speeds. Located in Irvine, California, the company combines proprietary hardware, firmware and software to implement its DirectPath family of products and systems. These are aimed at improving Serverwidth and performance in several high growth markets ranging from streaming media and video-on-demand to emerging enterprise applications involving storage area networks. For more information, visit the company's website at www.xiran.com.

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