Does Multicast work on multiple operating systems? The simple purpose of Multicast+ is to make video playable in a browser over multicast. This process requires two software components to orchestrate the distribution of video in place of the typical unicast HTTP transport layer.
A sender sits on the network to retrieve a live HTML5 video stream from a video source and send it out over the multicast-enabled network. The sender is software, not hardware or an appliance. It runs in a virtual machine on either Windows or Linux. Senders scale as needed based on the network requirements. However, each sender can support multiple simultaneous multicast streams, so you do not need one sender per stream.
Viewing devices on the network, such as personal computers, each host a receiver client capable of tapping into the multicast broadcast stream and making it available locally to the browser. Multicast+ is available in native Windows, Mac and Linux client software that can be deployed using your standard software deployment processes.
Does multicast work on multiple operating systems? The simple answer is yes, Multicast+ from Ramp eCDN can support multiple operating systems.
For more information, see the technical specifications on the Multicast+ solution brief.