By 2012, more than 71 million homes worldwide will be outfitted with home networks thanks to a residential gateway box from a major carrier. That’s the prediction from a new study called “Networks in the Home” released by Parks Associates this morning.
Carriers are most interested in providing features such as multi-room digital video recording, streaming media and home monitoring, the report adds. A secondary goal is getting remote management technology into the home so they can more easily fix problems and up-sell services, according to the report.
That all rings true but, as usual for the market research world, probably a little optimistic on the 70 million figure. Anyway, after a decade of talk about home networking, it does look like it is sloooowly beginning to happen with carriers such as Verizon delivering more than one million gateways equipped with Multimedia over Coax and AT&T installing a fair amount of HPNA as well.
One of the next knee-jerk questions is when will they start cranking up the volume on bandwidth. A Verizon spokesman at a November event told me they are planning to move to multi-Gbit optical links soon so they are requesting MoCA quickly shift to 400 Mbits/second. A handful of chip makers are optimistically hoping this shift to Gigabit PON networks and unified boxes that marry the optical link to the home net kicks in big time in 2008.
Separately, over in the data center, Emulex is validating the N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) industry standard as the basis for virtualization in its products. At a Cisco event, Emulex is showing the technology across a range of high end data-center networking boards including a 10Gbit/s board for Fibre Channel over Ethernet. Unless I missed something, this FCoE board is still a prototype product. But it’s a good indication of progress on the technology if such products are now broadly getting demonstrated at industry events.
Everywhere I turn this morning there’s just a little bit of hope about new technologies for the new year. While stock markets dive into fears of recession, this is good news.