AWS - Elemental MediaConnect Gateway


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AWS Elemental MediaConnect Gateway is a cloud-connected software application for transmitting live video between on-premises multicast networks and AWS. Part of AWS Media Services, MediaConnect Gateway improves operations in hybrid environments, providing monitoring, security, and management of video feeds from the AWS Management Console. It can be used to build end-to-end live video contribution and distribution workflows in AWS at scale for seamless integration into their on-premises infrastructure.

Typically, delivery of live-video multicast streams between datacenters and the cloud requires investment in specialized third-party hardware and software or a custom solution, which can be costly, and difficult to support. With MediaConnect Gateway, live video stream transport in on-premises datacenters can be viewed, monitored, and controlled directly from the AWS Management Console or using the MediaConnect API. For video contribution, content providers that originate live linear channels on premises can send these feeds to global partners, using MediaConnect Gateway as a bridge between their multicast, on-premises network infrastructure, and the cloud. Each MediaConnect Gateway instance can subscribe to one or more multicast groups, where a group represents either a single channel or multiple channels multiplexed together in a multi-program transport stream (MPTS). Once subscribed, MediaConnect Gateway converts the network traffic to unicast, adds encryption, and sends the video to a MediaConnect flow.

A live streaming application is created using the feed, and AWS Elemental MediaLive, AWS Elemental MediaPackage, and Amazon CloudFront, or another software application process and deliver the video to end viewers. For video distribution, customers can use the new feature to build sophisticated networks that span hundreds or thousands of end points on premises. For example, a broadcaster might send 24/7 live linear content to affiliates using MediaConnect Gateway to seamlessly bridge on-premises multicast network at the source and destination. The result is a cloud-managed solution with improved operational agility and decreased cost compared to a satellite-based workflow.

MediaConnect Gateway runs inside Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Anywhere, a service that allows customers to manage ECS containers on their servers. Once ECS Anywhere has been installed on the customer’s VM or bare metal server, they can download MediaConnect Gateway as a software container, and all video feed management can be handled in the AWS Management Console or using the MediaConnect API. When an on-premises multicast video feed is selected, the video signal is transported as unicast to the cloud using AWS Elemental MediaConnect, a service that combines the dependability of satellite and fiber-optic transport with the user-friendliness of IP-based networks. Once in MediaConnect, video can be sent to other AWS Regions, processed using AWS Media Services or other applications, shared with partners and affiliates, and delivered to other on-premises MediaConnect Gateway locations. Integration of MediaConnect Gateway into Amazon CloudWatch lets customers monitor the health of feeds without separate tools. MediaConnect Gateway gives customers full control over deploying and monitoring hybrid live video workflows, saving valuable time and resources so they can focus on their core business.