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Secure Video Sharing for Canadian Organizations

Canadian-hosted video-as-a-service strips the complexity from online video

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/14 -- RackForce, Canada's largest cloud services provider (IDC 2012), and Kaltura, the world's leading open source video platform, today announced an online video publishing service, Cloud Video, on RackForce's Canadian cloud infrastructure; Canadian video content and services are now hosted in Canada. The combination of RackForce's industry-leading expertise in cloud computing, storage, and networking, and Kaltura's open, flexible, and modular video platform cuts the clutter, complexity and cost from IT-manageable video publishing.

"Driving value with video for organizations has historically been a complex process with an overwhelming set of options, and extremely heavy demands for computing, networking, and storage. Traditional IT-heavy or teleco-driven video solutions are often unnecessarily expensive, overly complicated and bureaucratic, while "freemium" online solutions lack privacy and control and quality," explains Kevin Greenwood, CEO of RackForce Cloud Video. "Now, with the power of Kaltura in the RackForce Cloud our customers have simple and secure access to Kaltura's best-in-class video platform and robust off-the-shelf products to engage online audiences with video on any connected device or social site, and to control and brand the message."

RackForce's Cloud Video services include a video portal application, easy video capture and online video editing tools, live streaming facilities, integrated HD video conferencing, and APIs to the entire video platform. The services are easy to access without the requirement for locally hosted hardware or software, and are enhanced with RackForce's video-optimized network.

Cloud Video bridges the gap between IT and the communications department in a fundamental shift towards collaboration: setting free the storytellers, and adhering to IT governance. Video within the enterprise has seen very significant growth over the past 18 months. According to Gartner, the amount of video in organizations is increasing at rates varying from 50% to 200%, annually, and by 2016, large companies will stream more than 16 hours of video per worker per month.

Video is becoming the new norm, in part, because the underlying technology has advanced to a point that individuals can create, share, curate, and consume rich media. Affordable cloud computing - vast scalable aggregations of computing, storage, and network services - allow easy access to the tools and services supporting the view that every organization is now a media company.

Ron Yekutiel, CEO and Chairman of Kaltura explains the motivation behind Kaltura's Canadian presence, "We're responding to the demand from our market for Kaltura video services that are hosted and supported in Canada. RackForce's Canada-wide network and computing infrastructure, attention to security, and demonstrated ability to support large and small enterprises with complex cloud computing infrastructure makes RackForce our clear choice to host, sell and support Kaltura in Canada."

About Rackforce Cloud Video - Online video made easy

RackForce Cloud Video is enabling the video communications infrastructure in Canada, making it easy to engage your audience with consumer-grade video experiences and corporate-grade security and control. Our video services include an video portal application, video capture and online video editing tools, live streaming facilities, integrated HD video conferencing, and APIs to the fully-programmable video platform. For more information visit http://www.rackforcevideo.com.

About Kaltura - Open source video

Kaltura's mission is to power any video experience. Provider of the world's first Open Source Online Video Platform, Kaltura simplifies the creation of video experiences, and provides tools that facilitate innovative and engaging experiences that create value. The Kaltura platform engages hundreds of millions of viewers by providing media companies with advanced video management, publishing, and monetization tools that increase their reach and monetization and simplify their video operations. Kaltura improves productivity and interaction among millions of employees by providing enterprises with powerful online video tools for boosting internal knowledge sharing, training, and collaboration, and for more effective marketing. Kaltura offers next generation learning for millions of students and teachers by providing educational institutions with disruptive online video solutions for improved teaching, learning, and increased engagement across campuses and beyond. For more information: www.kaltura.com, to join Kaltura's community visit: www.kaltura.org and www.html5video.org.

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