Partnering to Accelerate Innovation: Delivering on the Promise of the Visual Cloud

  • Celestica  |
  • 2019-11-14

In today’s world of cloud-based video streaming, games, movies and TV shows can be showcased in stunning 4K resolution on any device, anytime, anywhere.  As these technologies continue to advance and become even more immersive, creating, storing and delivering content requires media companies and communications/cloud service providers (CSPs) to solve a three-fold problem: how to increase speed and lower latency while processing enormous volumes of data in real-time.

Celestica and Intel® have partnered to develop key hardware components that will enable streaming media to overcome these roadblocks by leveraging the visual cloud. It’s impossible to overstate the transformative effects the visual cloud will have on the delivery of content to end users who require significantly higher bandwidth and lower latency than the traditional cloud computing network model can deliver.

Today, connected devices transmit data back and forth to remote data centers for processing - a journey that inevitably creates lag, video buffering and other frustrating user experiences. Visual cloud architecture will shorten that journey by leveraging 5G networks and edge computing to reduce latency and provide near real-time responsiveness.

As visual cloud deployments increase, we can expect to see rapid and significant advances across five major services that each provide a set of related use cases[1]:

Rethinking Visual Cloud Services for Evolving Media_Infographic
Source:  Intel Corporation

According to Cisco, IP video traffic will be 82 percent of all IP traffic within just two years - a four-fold increase since 2017. Video on demand alone will double over that same period. To put that into context, consumers will be streaming HD and 4K content in an amount equal to 10 billion DVDs every month. That’s simply not possible with the bandwidth and latency limitations of a traditional cloud computing model.

The effort to enable media companies and their partners in datacenter and network infrastructure to solve these challenges and seize the opportunities ahead drives the Intel-Celestica collaboration, and a sense of urgency hovers over us because demand is so high, and rising fast, across a wide range of markets. 

Intel and Celestica took the stage together at this year’s IBC Conference to show off the latest developments to come out of this collaboration. Attendees were among the first to see two new PCIe accelerator cards specifically designed for visual cloud workloads:



In addition to the Intel collaboration, Celestica has also invested in developing the Heimdall 1U MEC (multi-access edge computing) Server, a single processor edge computing server product based on the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 series. MEC supports the visual cloud by enabling the move to edge computing, significantly reducing latency and instances of media stream buffering.

Imagine standing in front of the stage at a live concert, or on the sidelines of a sporting event, with 360° views and immersive sound that put you right in the middle of the action – from the comfort of your living room. Think of the limitless potential for learning, development and growth as students around the globe take field trips to the wonders of the world, such as the Grand Canyon, The Louvre in Paris, or the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, led by intelligent AI-powered tour guides that provide information and answer their questions in real-time. 

Follow this link to learn more about how Celestica and our partners are thinking bigger to design and manufacture hardware that will help realize the potential of the future. Because the possibilities are endless.

Learn about Intel’s Visual Cloud solutions, including white papers, blogs, case studies and videos at 

[1] “Rethinking Visual Cloud Services for Evolving Media”, © 2019 Intel Corporation: