DATA CENTER OPTIONS: MOVING THE CLOUD TO THE EDGE

By Rich Soucie Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Global Managed Services at ARRIS

By Rich Soucie Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Global Managed Services at ARRIS

Hyperscalers and other cloud service providers, like Amazon, Facebook and Uber, with their millions of servers apiece, are constantly in search of new ways to grow and scale.  Over the past five years the number of internet users has grown at a rate of more than ten new user per second! And today’s internet currently transmits over 47,000 Gigabytes of traffic every second! In order to meet mounting network demand from internet and social economies, and deliver fast, reliable service, these global network operators are increasingly shifting computing, application, and content resources closer to local markets.

This shift opens up two major opportunity areas: adaptation of existing telco central office infrastructure and the rapid integration of co-location or interconnect facilities into cloud-based networks. Both have the net effect of making application and platform service delivery easier to activate for customers.

The central office’s classic architecture is ideal for minimizing CAPEX and maximizing real estate usage and through its redundant HVAC, NEBS compliance and substantial peering to larger carriers and routes. And with close to 20,000 central offices in the U.S. alone, this option offers many pathways for shifting infrastructure closer to the edge.

Additionally, today’s software defined networks and distributed computing architectures are simpler to implement—making it easier to turn up capacity and application services.   If providers leverage existing interconnection facilities with the right power utilization effectiveness mix, they can accelerate applications and aggregate traffic, funneling data efficiently into collection and analytics systems.

ARRIS’s broad portfolio of cloud, data center, and fiber-centric solutions is uniquely positioned to help providers re-architect smaller central offices and interconnect facilities into highly-effective data centers at scale and at the right cost. We’ve helped bring over 400 data centers and over 100,000 km of fiber online.  For more information, reach out to us here.