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TMCNet:  Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs forecasts a 560 percent increase in data traffic on metro networks by 2017, driving a major shift in network design

[December 03, 2013]

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs forecasts a 560 percent increase in data traffic on metro networks by 2017, driving a major shift in network design

Dec 03, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Company's Cloud--OptimizedMetro Solution will help operators prepare for rapid traffic growth, drivenby unprecedented demand for ultra broadband access, video and cloudservices Paris -- December 3, 2013 -- A Bell Labs study released today byAlcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) indicates that data traffic onmetropolitan ('metro') access and aggregation networks is set to increase by560 percent by 2017, driven by demand for video and the proliferation of datacenters. Even more significantly, the study showed that by 2017 more than 75percent of that traffic will stay in metro networks, as compared to 57 percenttoday.

The study, entitled: " Metro Network TrafficGrowth: An Architecture Impact Study ," also indicated that traffic fromvideo services will skyrocket by as much as 720 percent and data center trafficwill increase more than 440 percent during the same time period. Combined,video and data centre traffic are the key drivers to the overall forecastincrease of 560 percent traffic growth in the metro.

Key facts: * Total metro networktraffic will increase 560 percent by 2017.

* Video traffic willincrease 720 percent [1] by 2017.

* Cloud and data centertraffic - consumer connections to data centers and interconnection between datacenters - will increase 440 percent 1 by 2017.

* Total Metro traffic willgrow approximately two times faster than traffic going into the backbonenetwork by 2017.

* By 2017, 75 percent oftotal traffic will terminate within the metro network and 25 percent of trafficwill traverse the backbone network as video, data and web content isincreasingly sourced from within metro networks.

Fast-rising demand for ultra-broadband access, video, cloud and otherhigh-bandwidth services is driving enterprises, communications serviceproviders and webscale companies to bring content closer to their customers tobetter manage quality of experience (QoE) and gain operational efficiencies.The most popular video content, for instance, is being cached deeper in thenetwork so it can be delivered to customers locally over metro networks ratherthen being accessed from a central cache over the backbone network. Inaddition, the growing demand for cloud services means that enterprises andoperators are adding data centers within the metro area in order to supportservice delivery.

These shifting traffic patterns mean more traffic will now stay in the metro-- 75 percent by 2017, as compared with 57 percent today. In contrast, only 25percent of data traffic will traverse the backbone. Service providers require anetwork architecture that will ensure that the metro remains a key contributor-- rather than bottleneck -- in the new virtualized environment.

The forecasted growth is expected to have a considerable impact on serviceproviders' networks. They will need to evolve to a new type of networkarchitecture -- optimized for the cloud - that will help control costs,guarantee quality and deliver new revenue-generating services to connect usersand the cloud. To address this need, service providers must move towards acloud--optimized network, leveraging integrated IP, optical and managementsolutions together with software-defined networking (SDN). This will allow themto deploy networks that meet dynamic and rapid growth in customerdemand forvideo and other high-bandwidth cloud services with instantaneous access overthe metro network.

Alcatel-Lucent's -- new features: IP Networking specialist Alcatel-Lucent offers its Cloud--Optimized Metrosolution which draws upon the company's market leading IP, optical and networkmanagement portfolios to build agile, scalable and efficient metro networks fordelivery of cloud optimized services. Key elements include: A metro IP/MPLS layer enhanced with several new features andcapabilities: * New 7950Extensible Routing System (XRS) -16c small core platform optimized formulti-service metro core applications * New 7750 ServiceRouter (SR) 400Gb/s line cards featuring high-density 10 and 100GEinterfaces for metro aggregation and transport * New 7210Service Access Switch (SAS)-T and 7210 SAS-R platforms for scaling thefirst layer of the metro access network from Gigabit on-ramp speeds to 10Gigabit speeds * Support for Seamless Multi-Protocol Layer Switching (MPLS) and MPLS-TP toenable highly scalable and efficient end-to-end metro architectures * Openflow interface support on the IP routing portfolio for enabling agileSDN control An agile and programmable metro optical networking layer featuring newenhancements to Alcatel-Lucent's 1830Photonic Service Switch (PSS) family including: * New family of IntegratedPacket Transport (IPT) modules transforming WDM networks into a flexibletransport layer for the delivery of metro MEF certified Carrier Ethernet 2.0services * New multiservice,multi-protocol 100Gb/s Data Center Interconnect modules featuring transmissionsupport for Ethernet, Infiniband and Fibre Channel services over a broad rangeof speeds and distances, in addition to programmable 100Gb/s or 200Gb/s modulesfor router interconnect Quotes: Basil Alwan, head of IP Routing and Transport for Alcatel-Lucent, said: "This is the first traffic study to show the real impact of growth on operatornetworks. The move to cloud-optimized metro networks plays to Alcatel-Lucent'score strengths of deploying massively scalable, efficient and agile networks.We have unmatched expertise in IP and optical product development anddeployment, and a deep-seated understanding of end-to-end network and servicemanagement, both of which are critical to handle the imminent shift in themetro architecture. Moving forward, Alcatel-Lucent will continue to develop amore SDN-enabled IP and optical portfolio to allow networks to evolve evenfurther into a virtualized environment." Additional information: * WEBSITE: Cloud-OptimizedMetro solution * CORPORATE BLOG: Shift Metro Networks into High Gear * PAPER: Bell Labs Metro NetworkTraffic Growth: An Architecture Impact Study * APPLICATION NOTE: Alcatel-LucentCloud-Optimized Metro Networks * APPLICATION NOTE: Integrated PacketTransport * TECH BLOG: Optical Networks light up broadband experience * TECH BLOG: MEF CE 2.0 Certified for a new generation of Carrier Ethernet * TECH BLOG: Optimize End-to-End MPLS Networks with Seamless MPLS [1] Assumptions-Bell Labs modeling uses a 20 percent yearly growth rate for the number ofmetros which have deployed datacenters.The number of datacenters deployed inthe metro network will increase 60 percent (moderate growth) by 2017.

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU) Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providingproducts and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadbandfixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprisesand institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation fromvoice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and informationis Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world'sforemost technology research institutes, responsible for countlessbreakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized byThomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MITTechnology Review as amongst 2012's Top 50 "World's Most Innovative Companies".Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, beingnamed Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector inthe 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review for making globalcommunications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit ofthe company's mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on theParis and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company isincorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com , read the latest posts on theAlcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Companyon Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent .

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