SMPTE & OSA on Fast Track to Release Industry's First Media Microservices Standards
Accelerated Creation, Review, and Formalization Process Brings Much-Needed Standards to End Users in Record Time
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 19, 2020 — SMPTE® and the Open Services Alliance (OSA) today announced major progress toward the creation of the industry’s first two media microservices standards. Through a collaboration formed to provide timely solutions in the area of media microservices, the two organizations have published a new public Committee Draft (public CD) (SMPTE ST 2125) that documents a standardized IMF Registration API and a second public CD (SMPTE ST 2126) that standardizes status reporting and logging for media microservices. Both SMPTE ST 2125 and SMPTE ST 2126 are available for download free of charge to implementers who would like to build initial implementations. And as public CD document types, they are available for public review and feedback.
OSA Presentation at Broadcast Asia
The Open Services Alliance and SMPTE have been hard at work in recent months, jointly focused on one of the key interoperability challenges the media industry faces today: making microservices from multiple vendors work together. Pulling from a group consisting of the leading media companies and vendors in the business, projects have been prioritised, an agile approach adopted, and the first two of these have already been contributed to SMPTE and are on their way to becoming available for implementers to field test. Join us for an informative look into what’s been done to date, and what’s next in the game plan of the OSA and SMPTE to alleviate these challenges our industry faces.
October 1, 1-2:25pm (Singapore Time)
OSA Hosts Three Panels for IEEE/BTS at IBC 2020
The OSA was honored to be asked to produce three panels for the IBC Show 2020. All three are viewable any time on demand by clicking on each title below.
Media’s Brave New World of Interop –Microservices. A panel discussion of why microservices and the cloud are a
total game changer in terms of making things work together
OSA, EBU, MCMA and SMPTE: Escaping the Wild West of
multi-vendor Cloud Services: this one would focus on real-world use cases
showing the painful state of the industry today in stitching together best of
breed solutions from multiple vendors. OSA and EBU have collaborated on a new
standard for status reporting and logging that is a crucial step toward making
this all work together
IMF in the Cloud: Session talking about how IMF and“the cloud” can co-exist and in fact thrive together
IABM Video Blog
Microservices are cool, however they don’t really have universal interoperability. This is exactly why Chris Lennon from MediAnswers recently started the OSA (Open Services Alliances for Media). OSA is a global alliance of organizations with the common goal of enabling open, interoperable services across all aspects of the media ecosystem. IABM’s CTO, Stan Moote attends the meetings along with a host of high profile media organizations/vendors and was thrilled to see the quick process within the working groups who just had their first document hand-over to SMPTE, an IMF Registration API.
In this video blog, Chris Lennon, Executive Director of OSA, explains the importance of this project and other projects OSA is working on.
IABM's Future Trends Channel: Virtual Week
Join us for a fun 20 minute run through microservices and blockchain as they apply to media as part of the IABM’s Future Trends Channel.
- Chris Lennon, President and CEO, MediAnswers
- Renard Jenkins, VP, Warner Media
Stream a free IBC Webinar on demand!
Plug and play or plug and pray? Making microservices work
Building technology platforms from a set of off-the-shelf components, like Lego bricks, is being widely adopted for new media solutions including OTT services and content supply chains.
Using these individual services, often cloud based, can help create more powerful solutions more quickly – embracing the latest AI and ML capabilities, and making it easier to swap out individual components like transcoders in future. This approach also paves the way for platforms that make dynamic choices of individual cloud-based services based on demand and cost on a pay-as-you-go basis.
But does the reality live up to the promise? Explore how microservices are being adopted by broadcast and media companies, and find out:
•How microservices can transform development of media content solutions
•When to adopt a microservices-based approach
•Why integration and interoperability of media microservices isn’t always straightforward
•Can microservices be a cost effective approach to building and operating media platforms
Chris Lennon, president and CEO, MediAnswers
Steve Sharman, vice president, Technology and Platforms at Global Eagle
More than a buzzword, microservices have become key to media solutions of today. However, like most hot trends, misunderstanding and assumptions tend to run rampant. Is this the panacea we have been seeking for decades? Will we finally be able to achieve custom solutions based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components? Join us as we explore exactly what microservices are, what implications they hold for the media industry, and how SMPTE and others are solving the challenges of interoperability in this realm.
When we refer to a microservices-based software architecture, particularly for media systems, we’re talking about breaking down larger traditional processes into the smallest possible useful tasks. A kind of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) style. Dealing with much smaller units, it becomes easier to move processing tasks out of local racks and into the cloud.
As I explained in an earlier SMPTE blog, microservices break traditional processes into the smallest useful tasks. This approach affords media organizations benefits including increased agility, scalability, and flexibility, as well as cost and space savings.
While the previous blog touched on the fact that the replacement of a handful of large monolithic systems by hundreds or thousands of microservices does present some new challenges — namely in terms of interoperability — this topic is worth a closer look. Two graphics on the evolution of APIs illustrate why.
IABM Free Webinar
One of the biggest trends recently in our industry is the move toward microservices. IABM’s CTO Stan Moote will get the facts from Medianswer’s Chris Lennon on working with multivendor microservices.
The Open Services Alliance and SMPTE have been focusing on how to enable truly interoperable microservices and APIs among media systems. A who’s who of media companies, vendors and platform providers are working together to define standards, specifications, best practices, and more to help systems interoperate and realize the true value of microservices in our industry.