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In a deal that underscores the growing trend towards specialization among vendors of enterprise streaming solutions, Sherpa Digital Media this week said it has acquired Ramp’s VideoVerge product line.
For Sherpa – a Redwood City, California firm best known as a developer of customized streaming solutions for blue-chip clients such as Apple, BlackRock and Intel - the addition of VideoVerge is expected to accelerate nascent efforts in developing an enterprise streaming platform product that can be licensed to a broader set of would-be corporate customers.
VideoVerge enables deep integration of a streaming platform with Microsoft’s SharePoint solution, leveraging SharePoint as a content management archiving tool for online video content. VideoVerge is based on technology that Ramp had licensed from search technology provider Fast Search & Transfer before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Much of SharePoint is based on technology Microsoft acquired in its purchase of Fast.
In addition to the SharePoint integration, VideoVerge also features several application programming interfaces with other Microsoft solutions that will make it possible for Sherpa to create deeper integrations with the Microsoft ecosystem, said Sherpa Chief Executive Officer K.C. Watson.
For Boston-based Ramp, the deal represents the latest step in its increased focus on selling networking solutions designed to support the distribution of streaming video content behind the corporate firewall. The company offers both a cache appliance server and software that enables distribution of multicast content on corporate networks.
In recent months, Ramp has been working aggressively to integrate its networking solutions with platform developers that have not developed solutions of their own for behind-the-firewall distribution of streaming content. By divesting the VideoVerge product line, Ramp puts its would-be platform partners at ease by clearly demonstrating that it has no interest in providing content management solutions and seeks only to compete in the corporate networking segment.
With the completion of the deal in hand, Sherpa expects to offer Ramp networking options integrated with its streaming solutions, Watson said. On its corporate website, Ramp already lists integration partnership with a range of other streaming technology vendors including Brightcove, Moving Image, OnStream Media, Wowza Media Systems, Panopto and Sonic Foundry.
Terms of the VideoVerge sale were not disclosed, but we believe the transaction has minimal financial impact. A handful of Ramp employees involved in the development and maintenance of the VideoVerge solution will now become employees of Sherpa.