Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV for Smaller Markets

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a turnkey, compact IPTV solution, powered by Microsoft Mediaroom, for smaller regional operators service between 1,000 and 100,000 set-top-boxes. The solution offers the same capabilities as the company's full IPTV offering can be deployed with far fewer servers.

Alcatel-Lucent said the Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 enables Microsoft Mediaroom to be run from a single rack of servers. Previously, a full-scale deployment required between 80 and 120 servers to support an IPTV market rollout.

For the new Integrated Solution for Microsoft Mediaroom, Alcatel-Lucent has also partnered with HP for a smaller and more energy-efficient footprint. The HP BladeSystem with HP Virtual Connect technology significantly reduces the cabling between servers. The solution has been pre-tested in Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end IP Transformation
Center (IPTC) laboratories, resulting in reduced technical risk and improved time to market by as much as 30%.

This new Integrated Solution is designed to meet the cost requirements of regional communication service providers (CSPs). Cinergy MetroNet is the first customer to use the solution and will begin offering Alcatel-Lucent-powered IPTV services to six cities in Indiana, reaching approximately 50,000 potential customers beginning July 26, 2010.

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