Below are some example uses and benefits of fiber optic infrastructure for Media & Entertainment, both now and in the future. Have questions, feedback or ideas to share? Contact us.

Video & Audio – video takes a lot of bandwidth to send from one point to the other whether streaming a movie or watching a security camera. As the resolution gets higher, the bandwidth requirements increase. As we add color and other frequencies (e.g. night vision, infrared, ultra violet), and as the cost of cameras decreases, they become more plentiful. These factors are a double whammy for bandwidth. The same issues exist with audio (to a lesser extent).
Stream Processing – Stream Processing includes data management, storage and analytics of a continuous stream of data. For example, most sensor-based systems require stream processing. Other data produced in streams includes stock markets, environmental and astronomic data, and more. Stream analytics are different than static Analytics because the stream of data never stops and the result must also be streamed.
Analytics - In many cases, the mass of information is not very meaningful without analysis. Weather and climate data is a good example. Measuring, calculating, tracking, and visualizing powerful storms is an important tool is keeping people and property as safe as possible.
Alerts and Events – Analytics without alerts is not very useful. For example, keeping records of every fire alarm and sending it to the fire station every day can be useful, but not nearly as valuable as giving an alert when a problem is discovered. The same can be said of face recognition and sensor-based measurements: wherever we are, we need to know when there’s a problem.
Distributed Facilities – As an organization grows, it can be a wise and practical decision to separate some of the people, systems and processes into different facilities or locations. There are programs such as telecommuting, outsourcing, and JIT operations that are not only separated, but may be different companies with different policies on their systems. Often private connections (such as virtual private networks, or VPNs) are desirable. When facilities are required to be connected via public telecom networks, those networks can significantly increase the cost of the operation.
Alternate Site Operations – Some facilities, such as banks or stock markets, cannot wait for a restore. These operations will have a completely redundant operations ready to take over on queue, to provide nonstop operations. Fast access for an efficient switchover is an imperative. There are leaders in these fields that might find San Leandro attractive.
Hosting – One special kind of distributed environment involves a hosting facility, where an application such as monitoring or analytics is located in a data center. This can be done for a number of reasons, but the principle one is the reliably of the power. A power outage causes significant disruptions. Data centers often have their own substation and backup generators. Hosting is also used for particular applications like Microsoft Exchange services.
Public Cloud – Many computer-based operations are being redesigned to operate in the “Cloud.” Companies such as Amazon.com and Microsoft are attempting to monetize the excess capacity of their data centers by offering cloud services. This is called platform as a service (PaaS). The economics behind the clouds requires that people share these complex resources over a network, so the costs per user goes down. There are entire industries in networking and software that are ready to establish relationships with community developers who can speak their language and begin to understand their needs for connectivity, power, and other resources.
Private/community clouds – Given the rapid expansion of storage and processor capability, operating in the “Cloud” is an obvious trend for companies that provide their software as a service (SaaS) (e.g. Salesforce.com) from their own data centers. Their many thousands of customers communicate with these data centers using a web browser with very little permanent data on the client side. One of the biggest advantages of the cloud is elasticity—the ability to scale to millions of users and processors as needed. For example when Microsoft offers patches to their 850,000,000 customers, their system can scale to allow communication with many countries around the world, while minimizing disruptions on national networks. A community cloud also has an additional advantage: the community can select common policies (e.g. security) that are specific to their needs. For example, patient records fall under HIPPA and have requirements that would be specific to the health care industry.
Large Downloads – Over 50% of the Internet is now used for downloads (e.g. NetFlix, BitTorrent). Because of the nature and architecture of existing shared telecom networks, one demanding use of existing bandwidth affects or prohibits other uses. For example, when people travel, they will note that the broadband in many hotels has become nearly unusable as people download movies or TV programs in their rooms. Other large download operations include document and version management, application or product downloads, big images and files, collaborative resources, and more. A classic example: a radiology firm needed to provide interpretation of images as a service. The addition of a fiber network lowered their turnaround from 24 to 2 hours, used two less radiologists, and, most importantly, resulted in fewer misses because of the ability to use original high resolution image instead of compressed versions.
Online and Multi-Player Games – From Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft to Facebook/Zynga’s Farmville and mobile device versions of Angry Birds, online and multi-player games represent a $15 billion industry, with sales of virtual goods exceeding $1 billion. Global growth of this market is expected to exceed 30% per year.

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