The Next-Generation of Audio, Video & Control
QSC partnered with Dell to introduce an industry-first solution that combines the processing capabilities of the Q-SYS realtime operating system with the standard Dell R730 server. The result is the only IT-grade solution available on the market that brings audio, video & control (AV&C) processing into the datacenter.
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What is the
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Created from the ground-up, Q-SYS is a software-based platform built around an open IT-friendly ecosystem. It uniquely leverages the power of Intel processing, the robustness and mission critical reliability of a Linux operating system, and the interoperability of IEEE networking standards. This IT-centric layered approach allows QSC to easily migrate the Q-SYS Platform to other Intel platforms as they introduce new, faster chipsets, and to other off-the-shelf hardware. Furthermore, its usage of IT standard protocols makes the Q-SYS Platform highly extensible for future IT functions and platforms.
At the top of the real-time processing engine is the Q-SYS AVC processing where real-time DSP lives and user facing functions such as acoustic echo cancellation, VoIP integration, AV Bridging, third party control, etc.
The entire range of Q-SYS Core processors and family of Q-SYS peripherals builds on the server-client philosophy, and leverages Intel chipsets rather than proprietary DSP chipsets.
Q-SYS leveraged the interoperability of IEEE standards to develop a collection of standards-based, QSC-built Linux network drivers (Q-LAN, AES67, Dante, AVB, WAN streaming) that offer a much higher and more accurate process rate than what is typically availably on standard drivers.
Built on top of Intel, QSC engineers started with a mainstream Linux operating system that is open source and developed customized real-time extensions to handle networked audio, video and control processing.
Benefits of Standard Server Solutions
- Takes advantage of the corporate infrastructure
- Place your Q-SYS Cores alongside other building-wide IT
services such as VoIP, UC&C, security and access control
- Ability to serve all meeting, conference, presentation and lobby spaces from a single platform designed from the ground-up to
provide all of your AV&C requirements
- Provides IT users peace of mind by utilizing the robust
engineering found in the Dell R730 server platform
- Enables standard features such as dual redundant networking
and power supplies
- Leverages Q-SYS, the most ubiquitous and capable processing platform available today
- Utilize common hardware familiar to IT managers worldwide
- Offers embedded Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC) for
simple integration with existing IT asset management tools
Enterprise Meeting Room Examples
Here is a typical enterprise with different meeting room types throughout. Each room has its own requirements and can utilize the network differently. Here are a few examples:
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Put AVC in the Datacenter…Where IT Expects It
IT is accustomed to managing its centralized applications, such as email servers and call managers, in the datacenter. Putting Q-SYS on standard IT server hardware allows IT to run and manage AVC processing in the same environment and ecosystem as the rest of its applications.
Pure Centralized Processing with Digital I/O
For some larger enterprises that take advantage of IP-enabled end point devices, meeting rooms may not need any local processing. To add audio I/O anywhere in the room, simply add a low-cost Q-SYS I/O-8 Flex Channel Expander. This paradigm allows IT to take full control of the meeting rooms just like any other application in their domain. This is the full experience of AV/IT convergence!
Medium-Sized Conference Room with Hybrid Processing
Meeting rooms can take advantage of centralized processing, but for mission-critical/highly secured areas like an executive boardroom, you can add in-room processors like the Q-SYS Core 110f or the new Q-SYS Core 510i. In this scenario, you can still use the Q-SYS Dell Server Core to centrally manage all of these special rooms.
Medium Boardroom + Huddle Room
Centralized processing via Q-SYS Dell Server Core would serve as cost-effective audio, video and control processing for multiple huddle rooms as well as medium of larger rooms. Networked AES67-based microphones can provide inputs for the rooms, while Q-SYS networked amplifiers provide efficient power for the loudspeakers.
Multipurpose rooms are constantly reconfigured for various events. Centralized processing with Q-SYS Dell Server Core is perfect for rooms with ever-changing resource requirements because of the large available processing headroom and AEC channels. All rooms can be powered by networked CXD-Q Series amplifiers.