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TWC Marks OpenStack Anniversary

Signaling the cable industry's growing love affair with OpenStack, Time Warner Cable is marking its one-year anniversary with the open source cloud operating system.

In January 2014, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) hired Matt Haines as vice president of cloud engineering and ops with the express purpose of bringing OpenStack to the business. As Haines recounts in a blog post, his team has since designed and deployed an OpenStack-enabled cloud environment in two of the company's national data centers. It continues to work to "grow capacity, increase features, and harden the overall platform for running enterprise applications at demanding scale."

Time Warner Cable's adoption of OpenStack has been a rapid process. As Haines described at the bi-annual OpenStack Summit in Paris last November, the company was up and running in just six months and managed to more than double its rollout capacity between the first quarter and the end of last year.

The number two MSO isn't the first cable operator in the US to jump on the OpenStack bandwagon, however. Working closely with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) started promoting its OpenStack efforts back in 2013 and explained at the time how it uses its own private OpenStack cloud as a basis for developing new X1 video applications. Comcast CTO Tony Werner also talked extensively about the importance of the cloud and of agile development for Comcast's future when he spoke at last fall's SCTE Cable Tec-Expo. (See Comcast Opens Up on OpenStack and Cable Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of DevOps.)

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Both Comcast and Time Warner Cable believe cloud deployments and the use of open source technologies are part of what will help cable companies accelerate the development and deployment of new services. And for both of them, OpenStack is shaping up to be a critical tool in cloud implementations. As TWC's Haines told his audience in Paris, OpenStack is now "mature and up to the task," and the partner ecosystem is in place to help service providers take advantage of OpenStack's benefits.

The cable industry is still relatively new to OpenStack, but a trend is certainly underway. And the progress appears to be accelerating.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

danielcawrey 1/19/2015 | 6:37:49 PM
Must have new services These cable companies simply have to develop new services in order to keep growing. Cable penetration is high already, and in fact many people (like myself) don't even pay for cable any more. This is why these companies must develop new lines of business. 
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