Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Q-SYS announced the availability of Q-SYS vCore, the first virtualized processor for Q-SYS and the accompanying Q-SYS Control feature license for vCore. This collectively allows integrators and end users to enlist their own compute device to add Q-SYS Control capabilities for enhanced control, automation, UX capabilities, remote monitoring and helpdesk features to systems.
The Q-SYS vCore / Q-SYS Control feature license is ideal for simple AV systems that do not require dedicated Q-SYS audio or video functionality. It’s also suitable for features already fulfilled with standalone hardware, legacy audio-only DSP, as well as those that need to replace aging control systems. Additionally, it creates a bridge for those less complex rooms, that typically have disparate pieces of hardware, to enable cloud-based remote monitoring and management capabilities with Q-SYS Reflect Enterprise Manager.
Benefits of vCore
Built using Q-SYS OS, the same standards-based IT architecture as the rest of the Q-SYS Platform, the vCore/Q-SYS Control feature license is able to deploy the same control engine as the rest of the Q-SYS processing portfolio. It also empowers IT staff to standardize system control with access to Q-SYS Open, a toolkit of industry-standard protocols and open developer tools. vCore also uses the same Q-SYS Designer Software to build, design and deploy systems. Thus, it allows users to scale control programming from the vCore into a physical Core if/when the need arises.
“We are thrilled to offer integrators and end users an opportunity to take advantage of the flexible Q-SYS Control functionality, as well as a viable path to make incremental system upgrades without having to rip-and-replace existing systems,” says Greg Mattson, product manager, Q-SYS Control. “While we have been working on virtualizing the Q-SYS Platform for several years, Q-SYS vCore comes at an ideal time to overcome supply chain challenges with software ingenuity.”
According to the company, Q-SYS Designer Software v9.6 is also available for download.