OBS Cloud

Transforming the Sports Broadcasting Industry

Whitepaper

Why OBS Cloud

Our aim is to give the Rights Holding Broadcasters access to a wide range of content, as well as the ability to design and maintain a segment of their production infrastructure before, during and after the Games, without any interruption or the need to duplicate workflows.

The OBS Cloud will become fully available for use during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and will include a specific selection of cloud services optimised for the Sports Broadcasting industry. The OBS Cloud is the beginning of the broadcasting cloud ecosystem journey, with the objective of addressing the needs of the Rights Holding Broadcasters while ensuring the broadcasting operations become as efficient and sustainable as possible.

The future of broadcasting is smart broadcasting and the cloud will be key

Yiannis Exarchos
Chief Executive Officer, OBS

Key Features

Local Presence

Two data centers in Tokyo

Global Reach

10+ other availability zones in USA, Europe, Asia and Oceania

Cross-region connectivity

Data centers and zones are inter-connected for a seamless cloud experience

High Performance Cloud Servers

Bare Metal Servers and GPU Servers

High Performance and Elastic Cloud Storage

Object Storage, Archive Storage and NAS Storage Services

High Speed & High Availability Networking

Multiple 10G connectivities from IBC to Cloud Data Center in Tokyo

What is OBS Cloud

The physical space of IBC together with the time and effort to setup the broadcasting facilities for the Games has been always under pressure. The OBS Cloud leverages Alibaba Cloud’s best-in-class cloud computing infrastructure to create an optimal media broadcasting environment for all Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) of the Olympics.

And the platform offers a suite of solutions and digital contents. This suite of solutions is further enhanced with high-speed connectivity from IBC to Alibaba Cloud in Tokyo and also among the cloud data centers globally.

OBS Cloud Offering

Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) will be able to deploy a range of services and workstations in the cloud to leverage their production environments, including:

Cloud Servers

Cloud Storage

Networking

Media Services

Security

Features

  • Enterprise-oriented Computing Instances, Storage and Networking

    Instance specifications and storage types optimized for various scenarios in computing, storage and network, together with the private network, are provided to find the most cost-effective resource solution during the deployment of various applications.

  • Highly Stable Applications and Reliable Data Storage

    Large-scale redundancy architectures guarantee the availability of running instances and the reliability of data stored in cloud disks. Instance availability up to 99.95% and cloud disk data reliability no less than 99.9999999%.

  • Various Security and Monitoring Resources

    Cloud Security is available at no additional cost to provide basic protection for network security and server security. CloudMonitor is also available at no additional cost to guarantee service security through a range of real time alert and notification services.

  • Multiple Management Methods and Full Management Permissions

    The product console, remote terminals, and APIs provide multiple management methods and full management permissions to manage and control resources.

  • Wide Range of Image Types for Accelerated Application Deployment

    Multiple release versions are available for Windows and Linux operating systems. OBS Cloud provides authorized and certified public images, which cover nearly all the trending and popular platforms.

Features

  • CPU

    Supports 8, 32 and 96 cores and ultra-high frequency instances.

  • Memory

    Supports instance memory expansion from 32 GB to 768 GB. For better computing performance, we recommend a CPU to memory ratio of 1:4 or 1:8.

  • Storage

    Supports starting from virtual server images or cloud disks to deliver instances in minutes. Supports mounting multiple cloud disks for better storage scalability.

  • Network

    Supports VPC networks, maintaining the interconnection with common ECS instances and other cloud products. Delivers the same comparable performance and stability as physical server networks.

  • OS Image

    Adopts the same images as common ECS virtual servers, thereby enabling flexible configuration changes to virtual servers without the need for any additional configurations.

  • Nested Virtualisation

    An EBM Instance combines the performance strengths and complete features of physical machines and the ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness of cloud servers. It can effectively meet demanding requirements for high-performance computing and help RHBs build new hybrid clouds.


    Thanks to the flexibility, elasticity, and all the other strengths it inherits from both virtual and physical machines, it is enabled with the re-virtualization ability. As a result, offline private clouds can be seamlessly migrated to Alibaba Cloud with no concern about the performance overhead brought about by nested virtualization.

  • Security

    Maintains the same security policies and flexibility as existing ECS virtual servers.

  • Encrypted computing

    ECS Bare Metal Instance supports Intel® SGX to guarantee that encrypted data is cleaned, processed and computed in a secure and trusted environment.

Instance vCPU CPU RAM (GiB) Bandwidth (Gbit/s) Nic
ecs.ebmhfg5.2xlarge 8 2 32 6 6
ecs.ebmc4.8xlarge 32 16 64 10 12
ecs.ebmg5.24xlarge 96 48 384 10 32
Instance GPU Card GPU (GB) Bandwidth (Gbit/s)
GA1 4 * AMD S7150 32 10
GN4 2 * Nvidia M40 2*12 10
GN5 8 * Nvidia P100 8*16 25
GN5i 2 * Nvidia P4 2*8 10
GN6 8 * Nvidia V100 8*16 25

Premium Services

The Premium Services provide RHBs with dedicated Cloud Architect and Service Manager to use OBS Cloud products more effectively. The Premium Service package includes:

Dedicated Cloud Architect participates in and help RHBs design the architecture on the cloud and provides best practices for cloud products

Dedicated Service Manager as the single contact of point for all questions and services regarding your needs

IM enterprise group service, providing 7x24 hours support

Corporate telephone line with 7x24 phone support

Enhanced Professional Services during Games Time period including 24x7 performance and security monitoring

Training on all OBS Cloud Products and Services can be made available

Features

Standard

High-performance, highly reliable and highly available OSS instances.

Infrequent Access

OSS instances characterized by relatively low storage costs and real time access.

Archive

OSS instances that support long-term archive data storage at the lowest unit price.

Data protection and security

OSS is designed for 99.9999999999% (12 9’s) of data durability. With redundant distributed architecture, it can effectively handling all kinds of hardware failures, eliminating single point of failures; detecting and correcting data packets when storing and reading data, ensuring data Integrity; multiple data encryption options for server-side encryption and client-side encryption

Enterprise-level data management

Life cycle of data is supported; integrated with cloud monitoring, support monitoring of OSS basic service indicators, performance indicators and measurement indicators; support event notification, Object related on OSS Actions can trigger event notifications, and users can set triggers to perform various actions

Data processing

Support jpg, png, bmp, gif, webp, tiff and other formats, as well as thumbnails, cropping, watermarking, zooming and other operations; support the capture of specified locations in the video to generate images; support the face in the image Location and attribute detection, such as gender, age, mood, head posture, eye status, blur, etc.

Data migration

Provide hardware to migrate offline data, safely and efficiently to OSS, support TB to PB level data migration on the cloud; also provide online data migration service, OSSImport tool can help to migrate the data from other cloud providers or on-premise data to OSS

Features

  • High performance

    Based on RoCE and NVMe SSDs, NAS reduces network latency and provides high performance.

  • High reliability

    Maintains multiple data replicas and a data reliability of 99.999999999%. NAS is more reliable than traditional RAID arrays.

  • High availability

    Avoids single points of failure and maintains a data availability of 99.9%.

  • Unlimited, Elastic Storage

    The maximum capacity of a file system can reach 10 PB. Each file system can store a maximum of 1 billion files, and the maximum file size is 32 TB.

  • Ease of Use

    Supports standard POSIX interfaces. Both Windows and Linux applications can use this service without any modifications. You can mount the file system on ECS compute nodes. This allows you to perform file operations as if the files were locally stored.

  • Supports Various Standard Protocols

    NFS

    Supports the NFSv3 and NFSv4 protocols and provides standard file system semantics for data access. Most mainstream applications and tasks can be seamlessly integrated with the service without any modifications.


    SMB

    Supports the SMBv2.0, SMBv2.1, and SMBv3.0 protocols. Supports the applications that are deployed on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and later versions.

  • Strong Security Control

    Multiple security mechanisms are implemented to guarantee system data security, including network isolation (VPC) and user isolation (classic network), standard access control, permission groups, and account authorization.

  • Multiple Access Methods

    Multiple compute nodes can simultaneously access the same file system, allowing applications deployed across multiple ECS instances or Docker clusters to access the same data source. You can also access the file system from remote data centres or the IBC both through the private Tokyo OBS connection, leased lines or VPN.

Premium Services

The Premium Services provide RHBs with dedicated Cloud Architect and Service Manager to use OBS Cloud products more effectively. The Premium Service package includes:

Dedicated Cloud Architect participates in and help RHBs design the architecture on the cloud and provides best practices for cloud products

Dedicated Service Manager as the single contact of point for all questions and services regarding your needs

IM enterprise group service, providing 7x24 hours support

Corporate telephone line with 7x24 phone support

Enhanced Professional Services during Games Time period including 24x7 performance and security monitoring

Training on all OBS Cloud Products and Services can be made available

Networking

OBS Cloud offering is sustained on a networking infrastructure composed of several virtual and physical components which, put together, result in a high speed and high availability network, with global reach and a private connection from the IBC that is enhanced by OBS International Network and Tokyo presence.

RHBs can choose to deploy services in a Virtual Private Cloud, access them as part of their private on-premises network in the IBC, implement a public internet gateway through the usage of Elastic IP and interconnect its VPCs around the globe with OBS Cloud Express Connect functionality.

Features

Security Isolation

Builds an isolated network environment. Layer-2 logical isolation is achieved between different VPC instances.

Software Defined Network

Customized network configurations, full control of RHBs’ VPC. Management operations with immediate effect.

Connectivity

OBS Cloud can also provide the connectivity options to the users as below:

Connectivity between IBC and OBS Cloud regions in the IBC and Tokyo on a Private network based on high speed high redundancy physical and logical network infrastructure deployed by OBS in Tokyo.

Connectivity among OBS Cloud VPCs. Provided by OBS Cloud express connect.

Connectivity between RHB HQ on-premises network to regional OBS Cloud. Provided by telecom leased line capacity or by standard VPN over the internet. RHBs shall source with telecom providers.

Features

SLB provides Layer-4 and Layer-7 load balancing services, and other functions such as health check, session persistence, domain name-based forwarding and so on to ensure high availability of your applications.
Server Load Balancer consists of the following components:

SLB instances

An SLB instance is a running load balancing service that distributes incoming traffic to backend servers.

Listeners

A listener checks client requests and forwards the requests to the backend servers.

Backend Servers

Backend servers are the ECS instances added to a SLB instance to process the distributed requests.

Premium Services

The Premium Services provide RHBs with dedicated Cloud Architect and Service Manager to use OBS Cloud products more effectively. The Premium Service package includes:

Dedicated Cloud Architect participates in and help RHBs design the architecture on the cloud and provides best practices for cloud products

Dedicated Service Manager as the single contact of point for all questions and services regarding your needs

IM enterprise group service, providing 7x24 hours support

Corporate telephone line with 7x24 phone support

Enhanced Professional Services during Games Time period including 24x7 performance and security monitoring

Training on all OBS Cloud Products and Services can be made available

Features

The OBS Transcoding Farm offers unique features such as:

Rich media transcoding techniques

Highly scalable media transcoding templates

High-speed and stable concurrent transcoding system

Unique video restoration technology

Transcoding Media Orchestration Layer

As part of the OBS Transcoding Farm, RHBs can make usage of an orchestration layer aimed at simplifying operational tasks and to ease access to content, including:

  • The management of folders of OSS to store the transcoded material

  • Define the input/output folder, transcoding template and priority in the workflow

  • To trigger the workflow after a video file has been uploaded to the input folder

  • To prioritize tasks, RHBs can create two workflows with two different input folders

The Orchestration Layer is available through API.

Encapsulation format

Parameter Description
Input format • Container formats: 3GP, AVI, FLV, MP4, M3U8, MPG, ASF, WMV, MKV, MOV, TS, WebM, and MXF.
• Video encoding formats: H. 264/AVC, H. 263, H. 263+, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MJPEG, VP8, VP9, Quicktime, RealVideo, and Windows Media Video.
• Audio encoding formats: AAC, AC-3, ADPCM, AMR, DSD, MP1, MP2, MP3, PCM, RealAudio, and Windows Media Audio.
Output format • Container formats:
     o Video: FLV, MP4, HLS(m3u8+ts), MPEG-DASH(MPD+fMP4)
     o Audio: MP3, MP4, OGG, FLAC, and m4a.
     o Image: GIF and WEBP.
• Video encoding formats: H. 264/AVC and H. 265/HEVC.
• Audio encoding formats: MP3, AAC, VORBIS, and FLAC.
Encapsulation Changes the encapsulation format of a video but not the encoding method. Audio files can be encapsulated into MP4, M3U8, and FLV formats.
Conversion from videos to animated images Outputs highlight contents in a video into animated images in GIF or WEBP format for display.

Premium Services

The Premium Services provide RHBs with dedicated Cloud Architect and Service Manager to use OBS Cloud products more effectively. The Premium Service package includes:

Dedicated Cloud Architect participates in and help RHBs design the architecture on the cloud and provides best practices for cloud products

Dedicated Service Manager as the single contact of point for all questions and services regarding your needs

IM enterprise group service, providing 7x24 hours support

Corporate telephone line with 7x24 phone support

Enhanced Professional Services during Games Time period including 24x7 performance and security monitoring

Training on all OBS Cloud Products and Services can be made available

Features

Protects your website against common web application attacks

Defense against common OWASP threats

Such as SQL injection, XSS attacks, Webshell uploading, command injection, illegal HTTP protocol requests...

Websites stealth

Keeps the website address invisible to attackers to avoid direct attacks that bypass WAF.

Regular and timely patches against 0day vulnerabilities

The protection rules used by Alibaba WAF are tried and tested and cover the latest vulnerability patches.

User-friendly observation mode

In this mode, a suspected attack only triggers a warning, instead of a blocking action.

Virtual patches

Adjusts web protection policies to enable swift protection before patches are released for rectification.

Protection against HTTP flood attacks

Manages the access frequency from a single source IP address.

Prevents massive and slow request attacks based on precise access control policies.

Establishes threat intelligence and trustful access analysis models to identify malicious requests.

HTTP ACL Policy

Supports condition combinations of common HTTP fields such as IP, URL, Referer, and User-Agent.

Combined with common web attack protection and HTTP flood protection.

Features

Protection functionalities

Malformed packets filtering

Defends against Frag flood, Smurf attack, stream flood and Land attacks, and filters malformed IP packet, TCP packet and UDP packet.

Transport layer DDoS protection

Defends against SYN flood, ACK flood, UDP flood, ICMP flood, and RST flood attacks.

Web application layer DDoS protection

Defends against HTTP Get flood, HTTP Post flood, and connection flood attacks by using filtering rules based on HTTP characteristics, URI and Host.

Global DDoS Mitigation

Anti-DDoS Premium integrates capacities of all Alibaba Cloud scrubbing centers over the world as protection resources by using Anycast technology. With distributed technology, Anti-DDoS Premium automatically diverts DDoS attack traffic to the nearest scrubbing center to the attacking source for mitigation.

Unlimited Protection

Anti-DDoS Premium provides unlimited protection with full capacity to each user by comprehensively utilizing global near-source mitigation abilities.

In 2018, the total protection capacity of Alibaba Cloud International Anti-DDoS scrubbing centers increases to over 2 Tbps. Anti-DDoS Premium aims to defend against every single DDoS attack for you.

Dedicated IP Resource

Anti-DDoS Premium provides a dedicated Anycast IP for each user. Each IP is isolated to avoid any impact by DDoS attacks against other users. This provides you a safer DDoS mitigation service.

High Quality Reporting

Anti-DDoS Premium provides detail traffic report and attack protection report in real time for you to have a clear view on the security of your business.

Premium Services

The Premium Services provide RHBs with dedicated Cloud Architect and Service Manager to use OBS Cloud products more effectively. The Premium Service package includes:

Dedicated Cloud Architect participates in and help RHBs design the architecture on the cloud and provides best practices for cloud products

Dedicated Service Manager as the single contact of point for all questions and services regarding your needs

IM enterprise group service, providing 7x24 hours support

Corporate telephone line with 7x24 phone support

Enhanced Professional Services during Games Time period including 24x7 performance and security monitoring

Training on all OBS Cloud Products and Services can be made available

Contact Us

A dedicated team of Cloud Architects and Service Managers will be at the RHBs’ disposal for any queries. The team can be contacted through obscloud@obs.tv email address.