The booming market for IPTV is forcing service providers to rethink their storage strategies as they search for new ways to deliver programs.
The emergence of content delivery networks (CDNs), in particular, is changing the nature of IPTV, according to "Content Delivery Networks & IPTV Storage Strategies," the latest Byte and Switch Insider report, offered as part of a paid subscription research service affiliated with this publication.
"IP networks that enable IPTV are changing how storage is integrated into the IT networks that carry the signal," writes Max Smetanikov, Byte and Switch Insider research analyst, pointing to service providers' efforts to send video over their CDNs.
"All the usual suspects are vying for a place in the evolving IPTV ecosystem," writes Smetanikov. "[There are] large library players getting into the act of creating video-service-specific versions of enterprise storage hardware, cable industry stalwarts, and server manufacturers eager to capture a new market."
The report reveals that, although IPTV storage architectures vary widely, all employ some form of CDN to ensure the quality of their content delivery. (See Starbak, Storigen Team on CDNs, Level 3 Buys Savvis CDN, and MSOs Get Serious About IPTV.)