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SoftLayer Launches Digital Media Transcoding Service

September 29
08:00 2008

Dedicated Web HostingDallas, TX – SoftLayer Technologies, the on-demand data center service provider, is now offering a powerful but easy to use digital media file transcoding service. The service enables customers to convert their audio or video assets into formats optimized for the vast array of content delivery methods currently in use—from high definition to web to mobile. This effectively helps them extend their content’s use and reach. The service is free to use for all customers, and fully automated and accessible through SoftLayer’s proprietary customer portal

“All of our customers are dealing with delivering rich media content, whether they are publishing the content for download or just incorporating it into their end-user’s online experience,” said Nathan Day, SoftLayer’s Chief Technology Officer. “This new service not only broadens their content’s compatibility, it makes their content easier to deliver. And along with our other solutions, such as CDNLayer, we’re offering an end-to-end set of content distribution resources to all our customers.”

SoftLayer’s transcoding service features a simple drag and drop interface for uploading original media files. The files are uploaded over SoftLayer’s private network—with unlimited bandwidth—to a transcoding server farm where they are then reformatted to a myriad of other formats and bit rates. Customers can configure and adjust their new files, controlling for:
• Various bandwidth sizes
• Video resolution (including standard definition and high definition)
• Inconsistent color definition
• Distribution on mobile and web formats
• Various screen sizes and aspect ratios

The service currently supports 120 video codecs and 12 audio codecs, including:
• MPEG-2 and MPEG-4
• MP3, AIFF, MPEG audio, and AAC
• Windows Media 9, Flash Video, and QuickTime

About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer delivers next-generation web hosting and on-demand data center services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. Utilizing proprietary management tools coupled with the industry’s first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers unprecedented power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing unparalleled scalability. For more information please visit or call 866.398.7638.

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