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.

Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of October 21, 2013

This week, we made a huge splash at SCTE, introducing a variety of integrated solutions across the cloud, network, and home.

ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione kicked off the week talking with BBC News about the growth of the company and the importance of cultivating talent. Light Reading featured ARRIS SVP Kevin Keefe’s prediction of 2014 being the banner year for the shift from traditional set-tops to smarter gateways and simpler clients—referring to the former as “the device formerly known as the set-top.” Kevin compared the set-top’s evolution to the migration from cellphones to smartphones, and foreshadowed the upcoming RDK-enabled set-top launch. CED Magazine covered our new network deals with WOW!, GCI, and Netia, highlighting opportunities to deliver new multiscreen experiences in the future. Additionally, Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions at ARRIS, conducted a video interview with Videonet.TV discussing cloud and its role in multiscreen TV, and how smart gateways will be able to decide, dynamically, whether to request content from the cloud or the local transcode resources.

Frost & Sullivan validated what we said our 2013 Media Engagement Barometer study in that consumer appetite for more video and multiscreen experiences continue to change the TV landscape as reported by Rapid TV News. Frost & Sullivan is also predicting that the global IP video network management market will double over the next five years.

What were your favorite moments from SCTE? Let us know in the comments.

1.     Robert Stanzione: The tech boss who says it is all about the staff (Oct. 21) By Will Smale, BBC News: Mr. Stanzione is chief executive of fast-growing US technology group Arris. The company makes set-top boxes, and other pieces of hardware and software for digital television and broadband services.

2.     Arris tallies orders with GCI, WOW, Netia (Oct. 22) By Staff, CED Magazine: Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland.

3.     Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon (Oct. 24) Mari Silbey, Light Reading: With the set-tops now rolling off the assembly lines, Arris plans to ship its first RDK-enabled cable boxes before the end of the year.

4.     TV everywhere grows ‘exponentially’ (Oct. 24) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Video consumption across non-traditional devices such as tablets, smartphones, PCs and connected TVs has evolved exponentially into a global phenomenon says new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

5.     Balancing the cloud and home cloud for multiscreen Pay TV (Oct. 24), Videonet.TV: ARRIS Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions, explains in a video interview when it makes sense to deliver premium content directly from the cloud to multiscreen devices around the home and when operators need to use a ‘home cloud’ solution, taking broadcast feeds and transcoding them locally.

From Atlanta to Vegas to Mumbai to Hangzhou – ARRIS is Everywhere

We’ve had a great time this week at SCTE, but can’t forget that we’re also front-and-center at TelcoVision today; SCaT in Mumbai starting tomorrow and have been taking part in the ICTC in China. Reality is delivering your media, your way; transforming the entertainment experience; and powering a smarter network are areas every service provider is discussing – whether it’s here in the US or in India.

In fact, at TelcoVision Keith Kelly has a keynote this morning addressing “Telco Video: Myths, Realities and What Comes Next” and Brooke Longdon will speak about how the cloud and virtualization is impacting your business model today and in the future.  And at ICTC in Hangzhou, Dr Qiang Zhou won a bronze award for his paper addressing CCAP.

If you’re at TelcoVision, stop by and visit us in the Executive Boardroom(Level 2) or if you’re heading to SCaT in Mumbai we’ll be in HALL B, Stand #B12-15. We’d love to connect.