Think back just a couple of years ago and the hottest debate in the telecommunication space was about the profitability challenges faced by local Service Provider in the face of an onslaught by the global OTTs (Over-The-Top content providers). Today though, we’re beginning to see a different market-place, one of a collaborative nature where the OTTs are much more inclined to be working in partnership with local Service Providers, and we expect this trend to deepen.

Explosive demand

With almost two-third of the global population being based in Asia, and relatively low average teledensity, it is perhaps not surprising that we’re seeing a phenomenal growth in internet traffic and fierce migration to cloud-based services in the recent years. Coupled with more than 20.4 billion IoT devices expected to be installed by 2020, and users demanding 24/7 real-time access to high-quality content, services, and applications, it’s to be expected that exponential growth in network capacity demand is forcing Service Providers, Data Centre Operators, and Internet Content Providers to carefully rethink how data centers are built, operated and connected.

The new era of connectivity

The saying that “Content is King” has never been truer, and with that comes an increased investment in data centre infrastructure builds throughout the region as Enterprises and consumers alike recognize the economic benefits of digital transformation towards a cloud-based application delivery. This has correspondingly driven significant demand in Data Centre Interconnects (DCI) for high-performance, scalable, and reliable connectivity.

When it comes to DCI, Service Providers and Internet Content Providers have similar needs in order to bring content closer to the customer;

  1. Very high-speed connectivity – with client interfaces at 100GbE, and line interfaces at multiples of 100G, to as much as 400G per wavelength in metro applications.
  2. Rapid scalability – the ability to rapidly scale up the connectivity capacity into terabits with just modularly licenses
  3. Ultra-low power consumption – dramatically reducing energy costs
  4. Ease of management – a comprehensive suite of management interfaces, including open APIs for automation, provisioning, and management programmability.

Choosing the right data center interconnect solution can make or break the success of a Cloud service offering. With the appropriate planning and infrastructure, Service Providers or Data Centre Operators can achieve the efficient connectivity to assure readiness for an on-demand future. 

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