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ARRIS Introduces Ad Insertion Clustering Software

              ARRIS Introduces Ad Insertion Clustering Software

CORTEX technology will help cable operators cost-effectively grow HD capacity,
improve operational efficiency, and preserve high run rates

PR Newswire

SUWANEE, Ga., Jan. 23, 2013

SUWANEE, Ga., Jan.23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS)
today introduced new CORTEX clustering software technology, available now, to
be used with the ARRIS ConvergeMedia™ solution, utilizing the XMS Flex
Distribution Platforms with Streaming Media Engine (SME) 5.3.1 and Ad Control
Manager (ACM) 3.0 software releases. CORTEX gives operators the ability to
consolidate their ad insertion infrastructure into centralized, resilient
systems where the delivery infrastructure is both reliable and expandable. The
technology will help cable operators cost-effectively grow capacity for HD
expansions, improve operational efficiency, and preserve high run rates.

The new clustering software has been designed specifically to meet the needs
of ARRIS customers. ARRIS has over 15 years of advertising experience and its
advertising management solutions have captured over 60% of the North American
market. The company has helped operators transition their businesses from
analog to digital ad insertion and expand their digital services to support
both SD and HD ad insertion.

ARRIS Clustering Software Increases Operational Efficiency and Resiliency

CORTEX provides more fault tolerance than previous clustering techniques. It
also contrasts with systems using external applications to provide fail-over
resiliency. CORTEX provides more granularity and flexibility in configuring
the system and developing new capabilities. It is also more scalable since the
intelligence is embedded in each node deployed.

CORTEX, combined with the XMS Flex distribution platform, provides the added
flexibility and resiliency needed to scale capacity both cost-effectively and
reliably. The solution targets ad sales groups seeking to centralize their ad
insertion servers in order to maximize hardware efficiency and reduce
operational complexity,

"Operators continue to grapple with increased capacity needs to meet demand
for a more diverse array of video and advertising services.Additional
pressures to streamline operations emphasize the challenge to consolidate
operations and reduce complexity at the edge of the delivery network," said
Neerav Shah, VP, Product Line Management at ARRIS. "This is especially true
for digital ad insertion services, where ad sales groups face large upgrades
fueled by HD expansions. Simply put, adding capacity must be cost effective
and manageable."

CORTEX Improves Infrastructure Scalability and Load-Sharing Capabilities

CORTEX enables loosely coupled ConvergeMedia XMS Flex servers to operate as a
single, load-sharing, resilient, logical system. The software

  oUses standard GigE networking components and protocols to deliver the most
    cost-efficient clustering technology
  oIs optimized to operate with the XMS COTS platform, complementing high
    performance and density with increased system resiliency
  oSupports dynamic content management and load balancing to optimize storage
    usage and streaming demand
  oProvides hardware failure isolation and automatic recovery from one or
    more node failures to ensure continued operations

CORTEX is part of the XMS operating system (SME), so any application running
on top of it can take advantage of its benefits.

Visithttp://www.arrisi.com/get/xms/ for more information on the XMS Flex
distribution platform.

Visit http://www.arrisi.com/product_catalog/on_demand.aspfor more information
on CORTEX clustering software technology.

ARRIS Advertising Solutions Portfolio
Delivering 6 million ad transactions daily, ARRIS advertising solutions
portfolio manages and inserts traditional zoned, interactive and targeted ads
into the cable and IP networks of North American pay-TV service providers. The
portfolio powers both linear and dynamic ad insertion that also enables new,
expanded revenue opportunities for the delivery of ad content on connected
screens and devices throughout the home. ARRIS advertising solutions are used
directly or indirectly by 9 of the top 10 service providers in North America.

About ARRIS
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the
design, engineering and supply of communications and IP technologies that
support broadband services for residential and business customers around the
world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms
they need to deliver and monitor advanced video, data and voice subscriber
services, including whole home video across multiple screens, ultra high-speed
data, personalized advertising and carrier-grade telephony. Headquartered
near Atlanta, in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Beaverton,
OR; Chicago, IL; Cork, Ireland; Kirkland, WA; Redwood City, CA; Shenzhen,
China; State College, PA; Tel Aviv, Israel; Wallingford, CT and Westborough,
MA, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information
about ARRIS products and services can be found at www.arrisi.com.

SOURCE ARRIS Group, Inc.

Website: http://www.arrisi.com
Contact: Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327,
alex.swan@arrisi.com
 
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