Requirements for Deploying Embedded Appliances

Netflix team members collaborate with you to tailor and optimize your implementation. Initially, Netflix will work with you to determine whether the combination of offload and fill traffic that is associated with an embedded OCA deployment will benefit your ISP. If embedded OCAs are warranted and you decide to deploy them in your network, the Netflix team will work with you to do capacity and network configuration planning as described in more detail here.

To deploy embedded OCAs in your network, you should meet the following basic criteria. In certain non-standard deployments, your Netflix PEM can consider deviations from some of these requirements - however, deviations are analyzed on a case-by-case basis.

Network and data center criteria

NetworkYour ISP should have an officially registered autonomous system number (ASN) that identifies your network.
Netflix trafficTraffic requirements vary depending upon the content library that is being served, with the expected range being at least 5 Gbps of peak traffic. Lower traffic levels are typically served better by SFI peering alone.
Network capacityTo enable nightly fill and updates, you must have the capacity to handle 1.2 Gbps of inbound traffic for a 12-hour period per appliance. You can configure the fill window so that it occurs during low traffic periods.
InterconnectionYou must connect to Netflix via SFI peering at one or more Netflix points of presence (PoPs).
InstallationYou must be able to physically install OCAs at your assigned site within 10 business days of receipt, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Physical connectionYou 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.
Power supply maximum power output750W

Team roles

To participate in the 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 roleDescriptionCorresponding Netflix role(s)
Engagement managerServes as the main point of contact for the Netflix Open Connect partner engagement manager (PEM)Netflix Open Connect Partner Engagement Manager (PEM)
Legal representativeReviews and accepts the legal agreements that are required for OCA deploymentsPEM, Open Connect legal representative, Open Connect business operations
Network engineerProvides information about partner sites, OCA configurations, maintenance, and network routingPEM, 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 operationsInstalls OCAs on the partner networkOpen Connect Operations
Network operationsWorks with Netflix to troubleshoot routing and other configuration issues that might ariseOpen Connect Network Engineering, Open Connect Operations

Traffic analysis and sizing

After Netflix receives your OCA request, Netflix Open Connect PEMs will perform a traffic analysis on the autonomous system number (ASN) that you provided in the online appliance request form to determine whether your levels of Netflix traffic are currently (or projected to be) above the minimum threshold.

Assuming that you meet the minimum Netflix traffic requirements, additional capacity planning activities are initiated.

The Netflix Open Connect teams will work directly with your network planning and engineering teams to analyze traffic patterns within the various regions of your network, determine the appropriate type and number of appliance for each location, and determine the best resiliency options. The goal is to provide the best experience possible for your customers by architecting a design with maximum resilience and by serving Netflix content as close as possible to your end users.

The number of appliances that are deployed is determined by three general factors:

  • The availability that is required at a given site
  • The amount of Netflix traffic (bandwidth) that is delivered from that site
  • The percentage of traffic that you want to originate from the site

The Netflix team will also work with you to map your current traffic volumes to our internal regional forecasts, to ensure that your OCA configuration will sustain the future peak of traffic in the coming year. After the initial deployment, appliance performance is monitored by the Netflix team and additional capacity planning is done periodically as needed.

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