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an IPtV server Benchmark that scales to one million subscribers

  1. 1. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Collaborate to Create an Industry FIrst: an IPtV server Benchmark that scales to one million subscribers IPtV is revolutionizing Video on demand. HP, Intel, and Kasenna have created a non-proprietary IPtV server benchmark that scales to one million subscribers. This ground breaking benchmark will accelerate IPTV deployments worldwide.
  2. 2. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers Maximizing Your Subscriber Investment: The Key to Your Future Success in IPTV the IPtV market segment is clearly poised for explosive growth—IPtV households are expected to grow worldwide from 7.2 million in 2006 to 48 million in 2010, a 5-year CaGr of 60 percent.1 the typical IPtV deployment today serves well under 100 thousand subscribers. the IPtV server benchmark described in this paper demonstrates how service providers can cost-effectively implement an IPtV solution to capitalize on this projected market growth. today’s IPtV solution trials often focus only on fine-tuning customer features and functionality. that’s insufficient. to effectively take advantage of this growing market, you need to be ready to deploy these features to millions of subscribers. as an IPtV service provider, you require proven solutions that minimize the time to deliver these new Breaking the Scalability For you, this means a solution with bottom-line benefits: features to an ever-increasing subscriber base, while enhancing your profit margins. Barrier: One Million is • You use significantly fewer servers than required by other IPTV solutions. the PortaltV™ Before you move forward with scaling up your IPtV Here Today software suite includes Kasenna’s livingroom™ “The challenge for service deployment, consider these bottom-line questions: Knowing that maximizing your deployment cost 2.0 middleware and mediaBase™ 8.2 Video on providers enabling IPTV services per subscriber is critical, HP, Intel, and Kasenna demand (Vod) software. this suite provides a • How can my company scale IPtV to a million committed to building and benchmarking an basis for cost-effective scaling with performance is understanding the scalability of subscribers while reducing our per subscriber IPtV solution that scales to support one million headroom to support new and evolving services, the underlying IT infrastructure. capital cost for infrastructure? helping reduce capital expenses. subscribers. this extraordinary undertaking has As IPTV continues to move • How can we guarantee our investment supports paid off with unprecedented results. out of the lab and friendly trial • You gain higher server performance with both the features available today and the new What’s more, these benchmark results were lower energy consumption. High-performance environments, it is critical to features required in 2010? attained on a stable, efficient, scalable IPtV HP Proliant® servers with processors based on validate the enabling platforms • What are the essential components to reducing service-delivery infrastructure—built using IPtV Intel’s low-power dual-core architecture reduce and their ability to cost-effectively operating expenses in both our headend and space and cooling requirements, helping lower software based on open-standards computing support the anticipated remote offices? operating expenses. technologies running on industry-standard servers. subscriber growth and subscriber • Can we leverage the benefits of open, usage of the service.” industry-standard servers and software while scaling as cost-effectively as with proprietary, “It’s important to realize that no one has ever previously demonstrated Ananda Subbiah Vice President, Hewlett Packard CME Solutions integrated solutions? this one million subscriber IPTV benchmark, and this level of scalability has never been achieved either in a lab or in a real-world deployment. as a service provider, you are concerned about HP, Intel, and Kasenna are the first to prove the viability of scaling—and how cost-effective IPtV solutions being evaluated today will scale. You need an experienced team in a real-world IPTV environment. This lays the foundation for IPTV with proven knowledge in the key IPtV software, deployment on a massive scale.” 1 source: Infonetics report, march 17, 2007, by Jeff Heynen titled “IPtV Kumar Shah equipment, services, subscribers,and Capex Quarterly Worldwide hardware, and operational issues. and you need a CEO and President, Kasenna Inc. market share and Forecasts for Q406” solution from trusted sources with proven platforms.
  3. 3. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers Realistic tests. the benchmark test setup was The result: Just five LivingRoom servers were Regional Headend based on Kasenna’s PortaltV product suite and required to support one million subscribers. HP Proliant blade servers running dual-Core Intel® Fewer servers translates directly to greater cost IPTV Middleware Benchmark Usage Model for One Million Provisioned STBs Xeon® processors. the primary components were: • the electronic program guide (ePG) was implemented savings—in server room space, capital investment, maintenance, operating costs, and support staff— for you as a service provider. using the Kasenna livingroom IPtV service and VOD The subscriber database is application delivery platform installed on HP Proliant these are the results for both sets of ePG tests: provisioned for one million nPVR accounts with one set-top box blade servers running dual-Core Intel Xeon processors. Table 1. livingroom™ and subscriber database servers required. (STB) per account. The operating assumption is that during any given • Video on demand (Vod) and network Personal Video Test Subscriber Number of LivingRoom peak time, such as a busy Friday or recorder (nPVr) functions were implemented using Scenario Accounts Servers* Saturday evening, 60% of the STBs the Kasenna mediaBase content delivery platform. Supported will be active (maximum 600,000 single-server 120,000 1 livingroom server also simultaneous concurrent STBs), • a sQl-compliant subscriber database was configuration running the subscriber and 40% will not be active. provisioned at one million accounts with one database set-top box per account. distributed, 1 million 5 LivingRoom servers LEGEND multi-server 1 subscriber database 18% watching or channel • Workload servers simulated up to one million configuration server “surfing” broadcast TV Central (180,000 concurrent STBs) subscribers according to the usage model *In an actual deployment, additional servers may be used to support a Office 34% watching Video on Demand defined above. high-availability configuration. (VOD) or time shifted TV content (340,000 concurrent STBs) Hewlett Packard the team performed two sets of tests: one for an You can obtain in-depth details about these results 3% viewing other applications such Servers as subscriber account data or games ePG scaling benchmark and one for a Vod/nPVr by visiting: www.hp.com/go/iptv (30,000 concurrent STBs) Kasenna scaling benchmark. LivingRoom™ 4% browsing the electronic program guide (EPG) (40,000 concurrent STBs) Kasenna MediaBase™ 1% browsing VOD content EPG scaling benchmark “ As an independent market analysis (10,000 concurrent STBs) • Single-server configuration: First, the team ran group, MRG realizes the high value 40% inactive STBs (400,000 concurrent STBs) benchmark tests to establish how many subscribers of independent and objective IPTV a single server could support, anticipating these benchmark testing like that done Server Rack results would interest service providers deploying here by HP Intel, and Kasenna. For , Figure 1. this diagram illustrates the equipment used, including HP servers dl380G5, dl580G4, HP Blades C-Class, ProCurve a single-server configuration in a lab or field something as crucial to the IPTV switch, and msa 50/60 70. trial or for an initial production deployment. industry as scalability related to VOD the subscriber database was installed on the and middleware software, objective Setting the Standard for Flexible usage model. the team implemented livingroom server for this configuration. benchmark testing has been an initial reconfigurable usage model to represent Large-Scale Deployment subscribers carrying out activities associated • Distributed multi-server configuration: next, missing from this industry. MRG the team ran tests to see how many servers were HP, Intel, and Kasenna hand-picked and assembled with common IPtV services. the objective was congratulates HP, Intel, and Kasenna needed to scale the test configuration to support a top-notch engineering test team at the an easily adaptable usage model to simulate a in removing the veil of mystery one million servers. HP/Intel Center of excellence located in the HP variety of service environments, knowing that other about what it takes to scale IPTV to Communications, media, and entertainment companies would be interested in testing and the same usage model was used for both the subscriber levels of one million and (Cme) solution Center in Grenoble, France, and validating their own usage scenarios. single-server and the one-million subscriber tests. to achieve fast channel change.” richardson, texas. their mission: to develop and measurements, such as how long it took for the For these published IPtV server benchmark tests, the carry out a series of verifiable benchmark tests to system to respond to user requests, were taken to Gary Schultz team configured the usage model to simulate the typical validate that this IPtV service-delivery solution determine system behavior. data was also collected Principal Analyst/President, MRG, Inc. activities of IPtV subscribers during a peak usage period. does, in fact, support one million users. to monitor and verify system stability.
  4. 4. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers VOD and nPVR scaling benchmark A Synergistic Solution Benchmark Solution “ Simulating one million users in a combined broadcast and Video the team tested the Kasenna mediaBase server for the Long Haul separately to show that it could sustain the on Demand scenario is a genuine workload required for the benchmark scenarios. HP, Intel, and Kasenna bring to the emerging IPtV ground-breaking accomplishment. arena software and server platforms based on open the mediaBase server uses Kasenna customized standards-based technologies—offering the cost Proving once again that the raId 5 software. the team first completed tests benefits of a non-proprietary solution to reduce highest performing applications, with the server running in normal mode. they capital expenses. open and flexible solutions from like Kasenna PortalTV™, run best then repeated the tests with the server running in the three companies empower you to customize on Intel® dual-core platforms.” degraded mode to simulate a real-world condition or create value-added services while providing the Doug L. Davis such as a failed disk or a disk rebuild in progress. performance to support large deployments: Vice President, Digital Enterprise Group test results showed the mediaBase server sustained: • Intel and HP together provide an industry- General Manager, Embedded and Communications Group, Intel Corporation • an output of 3.75 gigabits/sec (Gbps) (or about standard processor and server platform optimized 1,000 streams at 3.75 megabits/sec (mbps) per for IPtV. Intel’s low-power dual-core architecture stream) in normal mode supports high-performance processors in a smaller blade server package with lower power • an output of 3.375 Gbps (or 900 streams at 3.75 consumption, reducing physical space and cooling mbps per stream) in degraded mode requirements—helping lower operating costs. Kasenna hybrid servers, which use both disk and ram • HP offers extensive expertise in managing the to sustain streaming, were not considered for a highly complete design, delivery, and deployment of distributed environment with many small streaming infrastructure solutions for today’s communications server sites. Hybrid servers are appropriate for single and media-services marketplace. sites with a minimum of 10,000 streams. • Kasenna delivers the PortaltV product suite for Table 2. mediaBase™ servers required. IPtV including the livingroom IPtV middleware, Test Subscriber Number of MediaBase which provides scalable service delivery using Scenario Accounts Servers portal-based Web services, and the Kasenna Supported single-server 1,000 1 das-based mediaBase server mediaBase video-content streaming, distribution, configuration running Vod and nPVr in and delivery platform, which provides scalable normal mode video delivery from disk-based and ram-based LEGEND distributed, 350,000 a Highly available streaming servers. You can easily customize Kasenna’s open multi-server architecture assumes a minimum Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors software to quickly add new features, services, configuration of one extra server per site. and applications—for lower support costs and HP ProLiant® Blade Server For example, if 70 sites provide nPVr and Vod streaming, shorter time to market. Kasenna PortalTV™ then the minimum number of servers required will be Find out more about this IPTV solution: ((350,000/1,000)+70) = 420 servers.** *scaled based on 35 percent Vod and nPVr users as specified in the • HP IPtV hardware and Centers of excellence: subscriber usage model shown in Figure 1. Figure 2. software and server platforms comprising the www.hp.com/go/iptv **additional servers are required for reliability to ensure that all videos benchmark solution. continue to be available to users if a server fails. raId 5 only protects against common disk failures. Failure of other server components requires • Intel high-performance processors: Contact your a n+K strategy to insure n servers are available at any given time. Intel representative or visit www.intel.com You can obtain in-depth details about these results • Kasenna IPtV software: www.kasenna.com/1m by visiting: www.hp.com/go/iptv
  5. 5. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers One Million Subscribers Figure 3. this figure shows the simulated benchmark usage architecture used during the benchmark testing representing IPtV services to one million subscribers. IPTV Regional Headend Super Headend Backbone Network Regional Headend Regional Headend
  6. 6. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers A State-of-the-Art Testing Facility Awaits You Your one-stop resource. HP and Intel have built two leading-edge IPtV Centers of excellence to provide service providers with the right tools and sound technical expertise you need to build an optimized, scalable IPtV solution using open- standards-based technology. located in the HP Cme solution Centers in Grenoble, France, and richardson, texas, these two facilities are available to you as an all- inclusive resource for testing and validating your IPtV solution to help ensure it’s ready for large-scale deployment. Benefits. enjoy the benefits of engaging with an IPtV Center of excellence: • Pinpoint and resolve problems before your solution is deployed for subscribers. • Accelerate rollout of new revenue-producing IPtV services. • Help reduce costs and risks associated with deploying new IPtV services. • Simulate workloads and activity scenarios representing your subscriber base using the configurable benchmark usage model. You can simulate your own scenario by: – Providing your usage model requirements to IPtV Center of excellence engineering staff to test. TAKE THE NE xT STE P – Coming to the IPtV Center of excellence to work with engineering staff to now is the time to plan for and deploy an IPtV solution to support your perform your testing. subscriber growth projections. to learn more about the HP/Intel IPtV Centers of excellence and what this team of dedicated experts can do for you, to engage with the HP/Intel IPtV Center of excellence closest to you, visit: visit the HP IPtV Web site: www.hp.com/go/iptv www.hp.com/go/iptv 0
  7. 7. HP, Intel, and Kasenna Create an IPtV serVer BenCHmarK tHat sCales to one mIllIon suBsCrIBers About HP HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses, and institutions globally. the company’s offerings span It infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2006, HP revenue totaled $90.0 billion. more information about HP (nYse, nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com. About Intel Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com. About Kasenna Kasenna is a leading provider of Video on demand content and mPeG-4 ready IPtV applications for triple-play services over broadband networks. Proven through dozens of global deployments, Kasenna’s patented software technology is built on open standards, allowing providers to easily customize services and the viewer experience. For more information, please visit www.kasenna.com. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information on performance tests and on the performance of Intel products, visit www.intel.com/performance/resources/limits.htm. Benchmark details: data was collected from december 2006 through march 2007 on the HP campus in Grenoble, France. equipment used: HP Proliant® Bl480c G1 server, part of the HP C-Class family, using two dual-Core® Intel Xeon® 5160 processors; HP Proliant dl380 G5, using two dual-Core Intel Xeon 5160 processors, was also used. © 2007 Hewlett-Packard development Company, l.P. the information contained herein is subject to change without notice. the only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. © 2007 Intel Corporation. all rights reserved. Intel, the Intel logo, Intel. leap ahead., Intel. leap ahead. logo, and Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the united states and other countries. © 2007 Kasenna Inc. Kasenna, livingroom, mediaBase, PortaltV, vFusion are trademarks of Kasenna Inc. all other trade names mentioned in this document are property of their respective companies. all rights reserved. 0407/ms/mesH/4K 316839-001us