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Requirements for Deploying Embedded Appliances

The overall goal of Open Connect Appliance (OCA) deployment is to provide the best experience possible for Netflix viewers with a design providing maximum resiliency and localizing traffic as much as possible to optimize ISP resources. The following criteria have led to successful OCA deployments at a substantial number of global ISPs and are requirements for consideration.

Network and Data Center Criteria

Criteria Description
Network Your ISP should have a public autonomous system number (ASN) that you are able to use for peering
Netflix Viewer Traffic For offload efficiency and system scale, we require a minimum of 5 Gbps of peak Netflix traffic per deployment site
Network Capacity Each site must have the capacity to handle 1.2 Gbps of inbound traffic daily for a 12-hour period per appliance for fill and updates. Fill is scheduled to happen during low traffic times to maximize offload.
Interconnection You must connect to Netflix via SFI (peering) at one or more Netflix points of presence (PoPs) if possible
Installation You must be able to physically install OCAs at your assigned site within 10 business days of receipt, or as soon as possible thereafter
Physical Connection You must be able to provision 2-4 x 10 Gbps ethernet ports in a LACP LAG per OCA. The exact quantity depends on the OCA type.
Maximum Power Supply Draw 750W

Team roles

To participate in the OCA program, you will need to identify a person or a set of people who are available to perform the following roles. Your team members will work closely with the corresponding members of the Netflix team to facilitate the overall process.

Partner role Description Corresponding Netflix role(s)
Engagement Manager The main point of contact for the Netflix Open Connect Partner Engagement Manager (PEM) Netflix Open Connect PEM
Legal Representative Reviews and accepts the legal agreements that are required for OCA deployments PEM, Open Connect Legal, Open Connect Business Operations
Network Engineer Provides information about partner sites, OCA configurations, maintenance, and network routing PEM, Open Connect Operations
Logistics Representative

Directs the shipment of OCAs

Your logistics representative should be involved at the beginning of the engagement process to avoid shipping delays at later stages of the process

PEM, Open Connect Logistics, Open Connect Operations
Data Center Operations Installs OCAs on the partner network Open Connect Operations
Network Operations Works with Netflix to troubleshoot routing and other configuration issues that might arise Open Connect Network Engineering, Open Connect Operations

Traffic Analysis and Sizing

After Netflix receives your OCA request, a PEM will review recent peak traffic to Netflix viewers on your ASN. In general you will receive a response within 10 business days from submitting your request.

For ISPs who have one or more sites that meet the 5G threshold, additional capacity planning activities will be initiated. The first steps are to forecast per-site capacity and network configuration requirements in conjunction with your network planning and engineering teams. This includes analysis of traffic patterns within the various regions of your network, determination of the appropriate type and count of OCAs for each location, and a review of resiliency options.

The number of appliances to be deployed are determined by three general factors:

  • Your overall network architecture requirements
  • The peak Netflix traffic to be delivered from a given site
  • The availability and failover options possible for a given site

Once deployed, the Netflix team will work with you to forecast future demand to ensure that your OCA configuration will accommodate future peak of traffic. From an operational standpoint appliance performance is monitored by the Open Connect Operations Team who will contact you if there are any issues with performance or the hardware itself. Note that per the OCA Deployment Guide the only field-serviceable components are optics and power supplies. Any other hardware needs are met through our RMA process as described in the Guide.


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