One feature missing from Microsoft (News - Alert) SharePoint thus far has been video support. But that’s been resolved by next-gen search and video company RAMP, which announced the launch of MediaCloud for SharePoint for enterprise customers.
MediaCloud SharePoint now offers the ability to index and publish audio and video content, allowing enterprise customers to leverage SharePoint’s collaboration and content management capabilities to publish, manage and search audio and video content, according to Tom Wilde, CEO at RAMP.
“We are excited to build on our experience and success in managing large scale video requirements in the media industry to solve similar kinds of problems and opportunities now facing large enterprises,” Wilde said in a statement. “Video is a complex and powerful medium, and our unique capabilities, combined with SharePoint’s expansive customer base give us a huge advantage in delivering value to a new set of customers.”
RAMP touted several features of MediaCloud for SharePoint, including the following:
- Secure, cloud-based storage, transcoding, tagging and streaming of video content to minimize IT complexity and cost.
- Tight integration of video with SharePoint’s collaboration, content, search, and social features to increase the exposure and value of video across these core capabilities
- Comprehensive SharePoint web parts for integrated video search and video player for easy deployment and publishing of video content experiences
- Patented technology to automate transcription and metadata generation on video content
- Deep in-video search and interactive video playback, enhancing discovery and engagement of video
The product is launching in beta, as Ramp wants to collect more user feedback, according to Streaming Media. General availability is expected in January 2013 and pricing is based on the amount of video that a company can manage, not on seat licenses.
Wilde, according the report, said pricing will start at around $30,000.
IT research firm Gartner (News - Alert) has seen an explosion of interest from enterprises seeking to publish and manage video content as video becomes a ubiquitous form of communication, according to Whit Andrews, vice president at Garter.
“The ability to leverage existing investments in collaboration and content management platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint is a critical factor in the ability to manage video at scale and cost effectively,” Andrews said.
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Edited by Braden Becker