Cloud/Apps Testing

S3 Forecasts StormTest Success

As pay-TV operators make the shift to a cloud-based and DevOps approach for service delivery, S3 Group believes it has a testing platform that will smooth the way… and apparently service providers agree.

S3 Group announced today that 12 operators in Europe, North America and Asia are now trialing its StormTest Warning Center. The cloud-based testing system lets operators monitor and react to service deployments in a live network environment. Key features include application performance monitoring, service readiness analysis, alert-driven troubleshooting support and network probes for remote diagnosis and treatment of emerging issues.

The cable industry has made it a priority to accelerate the product development cycle in recent years. Where updates used to occur over months, they now happen on a rolling basis for some of the more advanced, software-driven service providers. Comcast, for example, has adopted cloud-based management systems and agile development strategies to significantly speed up new service delivery. At a conference last fall, Senior Vice President Mark Muehl detailed how Comcast can now readily deploy applications even for specific time-limited events like the Olympics. (See Cable Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of DevOps.)

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However, along with faster deployment times, operators need more sophisticated ways to track and optimize service performance. That's where S3 comes in.

"Pay TV operators are essentially becoming software companies, which requires a fundamental restructuring of how they approach product development, testing and service introductions," said John Maguire, Chief Strategy Officer, TV Technology, S3 Group in a statement. "For our customers, yesterday's mindset of 'test and launch' is being displaced by a more agile mindset of 'launch and test.'"

S3 Group first demonstrated StormTest Warning Center at IBC last September. According to consulting firm Capgemini, 2014 was the first year when companies dedicated more than half of their testing budgets to supporting new development projects rather than ongoing maintenance.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

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