Innovative rich media applications are coming to market at a tremendous pace and service providers are demanding ever shorter development cycles. Developers are responding to
this demand for new applications by evolving their business models to focus on application development and solution integration, rather than platform development and hardware
integration. Underlying media processing solutions, previously built in-house, are being replaced by commercial off-the-shelf media servers. Current first-generation media server offerings, however, do not address key requirements, such as supporting a broad range of media types and networks and the ability to support legacy protocols.