Can you explain what a media server is and how it relates to or differs from a media gateway? What are media servers
used for, and how would they be useful in an environment running voice or video?
A media server stores and provides videos or voice to end users. A media gateway is a device that provides protocol translation services to control how the content is delivered to end users. Media servers are a very effective way of distributing voice and video. Depending on how the servers and the network are configured, both media gateways and servers may be required to distribute voice and video.
Ask the expert
Do you have a question for Carrie Higbie or any of our other experts? Ask your enterprise-specific questions today! (All questions are treated anonymously.)
Probably the easiest example to understand is a service like Netflix. Netflix has many media servers that store movies and television shows for its users. A gateway may change the protocol to deliver the media to users based on their network, end device and capabilities at both ends. This sets up a session so users can view the media stream.
Learn more about media servers and gateways:
- What are media gateways and how do other support protocols work? Learn how media gateways support VoIP networks.
- What is a VoIP media gateway? Listen to this podcast to learn everything you need to know about VoIP media gateways, including their four protocols and how they work.
- Breaking down radio configuration parameters in 3G networks: Learn how media gateways handle calls in 3G networks.
Dig deeper on Unified Communications Architecture and Service Models
Related Q&A from Carrie Higbie, Unified Communications Expert
Vendors have many names for the user dashboard in a UC system. Expert Carrie Higbie explains how it compares to a single pane of glass.continue reading
With data security breaches headlining the news, UC expert Carrie Higbie explains why enterprises should secure communications platforms.continue reading
Can utility companies tie UC technology to a smart grid system? Expert Carrie Higbie explains how they already have.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.