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optodoofus 12/5/2012 | 3:11:08 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope > In a few years, 90 percent of traffic will be
> VOD, and bandwidth demand will go up by a factor
> of 10.

This is probably one of the dumbest quotes I have ever seen. Certainly, VOD is popular today and will become more popular as time goes by, but exactly why would anyone be pushing all this VOD traffic across the optical backbone? Maybe if I put all my VOD servers in one place and fed the entire country from that location, VOD could have that kind of impact. Maybe. But that would be a ludicrous architecture. VOD content is already housed on distributed servers today, and will become more de-centralized as it scales. Anyone who believes that VOD will drive this kind of optical backbone demand is either hitting the ganja pretty hard or seriously confused about how VOD works. Or both.

optodoofus
Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:11:08 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope To be fair to Martin, he wasn't referring to the type of VOD services that are available today, whereby a limited selection of mostly standard-definition programs are stored and cached locally. He was talking about the possibility for extremely large libraries of high-end video available over the Net. He compared the services driving this demand to Netflix -- which has some 70,000 titles -- and acknowledged that while the most popular content will still be stored closer to the premises, the other tens of thousands of titles probably won't be.
Ryan Lawler 12/5/2012 | 3:11:08 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope To be fair to Martin, he wasn't referring to the type of VOD services that are available today, whereby a limited selection of mostly standard-definition programs are stored and cached locally. He was talking about the possibility for extremely large libraries of high-end video available over the Net. He compared the services driving this demand to Netflix -- which has some 70,000 titles -- and acknowledged that while the most popular content will still be stored closer to the premises, the other tens of thousands of titles probably won't be.
Belzebutt 12/5/2012 | 3:11:07 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope In a few years, 90 percent of traffic will be VOD


When he means VOD, I assume he includes all the pirated movies on bittorrent and usenet that make up half of the internet traffic today.
Sterling Perrin 12/5/2012 | 3:11:07 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope We've surveyed operators separately about their regionaal/metro networks and their long haul/backbone networks. What we've found is that the #1 capacity driver in the regional/metro is video. In the backbone, Internet traffic was #1, and video did not factor in that highly at all. However, as the poster points out, there is a lot of Internet video (YouTube, etc.) in the Internet mix that is hard to single out.

Ultimately, video drives capacity expansion in all parts of the network, but it's a question of closed network video vs. Internet video.

Sterling
boozon 12/5/2012 | 3:11:04 PM
re: AlcaLu Pushes the Optical Envelope It's nice to see a genuine hero experiment, which has the sweet taste of the bubble era.
Let's hope that it'll have more market impact than the previous ones!
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