Netflix Selects Equus as Systems Integrator for Open Connect Appliances

11/08/2020 | Case Studies

Equus Compute Solutions was selected as the Systems Integrator best able to deliver a storage server solution suited to the unique requirements of Netflix. Working together in a close partnership and strategic alignment since 2011, Equus has designed and shipped 1000’s of custom cost-optimized Netflix content delivery server appliances through 6 generations of technology.

The Open Connect Appliances designed and manufactured by Equus enable Netflix to stream its most popular movies and television content to 100 million subscribers!

The Challenge

Netflix was looking to design and deploy their new Open Connect Appliances (OCA) for their Content Delivery Network (CDN). The goal of the Netflix Open Connect program is to provide millions of Netflix subscribers the highest-quality viewing experience possible. Netflix has partnered with hundreds of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to localize substantial amounts of traffic with Open Connect Appliance embedded deployments. The Netflix OCAs are a suite of purpose-built server appliances that store and serve video content as fast as possible. Netflix needed a partner to design, manufacture and handle all the inventory, shipping and logistics for the OCAs. They choose Equus.

The Solution

Utilizing the Netflix Open Connect architecture guidelines, Equus created cost-effective OCAs that include redundant system drives, power supplies, and network interface ports. Various 1U and 2U Intel Xeon® processor-based OCAs have storage ranging from 14TB to 280TB and operational throughput from 9Gbps to 36Gbps.

Open Connect Appliance – Bill of Materialsnetflix-server

  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 series
  • 256GB Micron DDR4 RAM
  • 14TB Micron All Flash SSDs
  • 1 x 4-Port Mellanox 10Gig Fiber Network Card
  • Custom 1U Rack Chassis
  • Redundant AC/DC Hot-Swappable Power Supplies

Your company can leverage the market leading expertise Equus has gained in designing, manufacturing and supporting 1000’s of Netflix Open Connect Appliances.

The Successful Results

Over the last 6 years, Netflix has successfully deployed 1000’s of cost-effective, high performance Open Connect Appliances as the backbone of their Open Connect Content Delivery Network. Through a close partnership and strategic alignment with Equus, Netflix has realized their key goal of providing a great video experience for their customers. Equus will continue to support Netflix future OCA needs with custom cost-optimized appliance solutions, high quality manufacturing, personalized logistics, and technical support.

“Customers like Netflix know exactly what they want and it’s our job to get our hands dirty and apply our hardware design, manufacturing and logistics skills to consistently deliver on those requirements.”

Costa Hasapopoulos, President Equus


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