10 thoughts on “Inside the Blackwave of Online Video”

  1. oh please

    my guess, they have a nice rack mounted multiprocessor running a stripped down linux with a bunch of open source video streaming software and it operates like an appliance

    no way they made their own chips, highly doubtful they did any cards, most likely just packaged things up nicely leaving out everything they can.

  2. “Most of the stuff out there today to store Web video is really systems that were always designed and always intended” for businesses that needed to store and sort through masses of data, not movies.. “People weren’t thinking about traditional storage systems as being used for delivering very large monolithic files of video.”

    translation, we use a larger block size in our linux ext3 filesystems….

  3. Damon,

    that is the thing – they would not answer those questions, which I don’t think is that “proprietary” but that is their prerogative. That said, you’re right: it is about the software, and your deduction from their jobs page basically confirms that.

    That said, I think the “hardware” optimization of “off the shelf components” must be more “customization” and then software layer. nevertheless, its been a while since I saw a hardware company make some news.

  4. that’s just it, calling themselves a hardware company gives themselves a certain mystic, a certain “hey world, you can’t do this yourselves because you are just at the software layer”.

    to me it’s like barracuda (the spam appliance guys) calling themselves a hardware company.

  5. Secure portable storage can’t be painless. But how can we do it with the right balance of user hassle and security? Disabling ports doesn’t pass that test. Disk drive vendors are building black-hat level encryption into their hardware. This makes passwords mandatory but preserves users’ options without any performance hit.

    The biggest issue is key management. If passwords are lost, the data is lost as well. But it works, and USB makers should build the equivalent into business-friendly products.

  6. Don’t worry they won’t be around in 1-2 years. Hardware’s been in deadpool ever since it was outsourced to the Chinese several years ago.

    RIP Blankwave (12-24 months in advance)

  7. With the recent announcement of our January HTTP Progressive Download release and now our June release of WMS and Flash streaming, and our first customer, maybe it is worth revisiting this topic 😉

    And yes…we do this with all off-the-shelf components and all the secret sauce is in the software and its integration with the hardware.

    — Mike Kilian
    Blackwave CTO

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