Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2015

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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54 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 BROADBAND APPS ISPs Can Prosper With Data Centers Cloud services add revenue and reliability to builders of high-speed, symmetrical fber networks. By Steven S. Ross / Broadband Communities D ata center technology ofers even small deployers of all-fber networks the ability to deliver gigabit service at low cost. Data centers also allow deployers to ofer on-demand video, Web hosting, emergency backup and many other cloud-based services. However, talks with staf members at numerous small Internet service providers (ISPs) suggest that the potential for cloud services could far exceed what providers are doing – or even planning – today. Tis is true although most providers have already entered the data center business, at least in a small way. ISPs use geographically convenient data centers as on-ramps to the Internet. Many ISPs also operate servers at their own or third-party data centers to accommodate Netfix, Google and other content providers; to serve their own video programming; to monitor their networks; and to provide such services to local businesses as hosted VoIP and data backup. Te technology and the needs are changing fast – and changing in directions that are making data centers more useful to even the smallest ISPs. Te rewards to ISPs are many: • Tird-party data centers can take over network administration tasks. From Madison, Wis., INOC manages networks worldwide. • ISPs can sell new products – everything from remote backup to video to medical and educational services. • Small communities gain access to services that once were available only in major cities and through major carriers. • Small ISPs in remote locations can ofer gigabit services at ever-declining prices because more of their trafc stays on-net and their transport costs decline as a result. CONSTRUCTION IS GETTING EASIER Data centers require a lot less power for cooling and for running computers than they did a few decades ago. Tus, locating them near cheap coal and hydropower suppliers is no longer so important. In addition, construction is much easier than it was just a few years ago. Many vendors now ofer prefabricated "package" or "modular" data centers any way customers want – from bare boxes the size of shipping containers into which others will insert equipment to full, Can a data center help fnance your FTTH network? Find out at the BroadBand Communities s ummit in Austin, April 14–16.

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