Then and Now: Optics Long History in Communications

Alexander Graham Bell IPADHave you ever walked into a building, mesmerized by the interior? The high vaulted ceilings, domed roof or marble adornments? Often we get so caught up in the interior, we forget that this marvel would be near to impossible without the foundation upon which it stands. The same is true for network connectivity.

Many people use modern technologies such as mobile smartphones, broadband Internet service, and applications in the Cloud without realizing the extent of the underlying infrastructure that is required to deliver those products and services. Businesses and individuals increasingly rely on more advanced and technologically complex networks and applications and have an ever-increasing need for more and more bandwidth. Whether people realize it or not, what enables this to happen is a worldwide network of fiber optic infrastructure which exists at the Layer 1, “The Physical Layer,” or Layer 2, “The Data Link.” Read more of this post

The New Guy

The New GuyNewbie. Wet behind the ears. Rookie. We have all heard the many sayings and titles that are bestowed upon someone who is new to something; as, let’s face it, we have all been new at something at some point in our lives. New to school, new to college, new to marriage, new to a family, new to a career path. Not only have we all heard the sayings and titles, but we all know the feelings behind being new at something – nervousness, excitement, anxiousness, a sense of accomplishment when tasks set forth are met and completed to satisfaction.

But what choices are behind getting to those “new” places in our lives? Choosing schools and/or colleges may be based upon where you want to live or what you want to do with your life. Choosing to get married and start a family may be the desire to share your life with someone. But what about choosing a career path? Obviously things are usually based upon preference, but for the purposes of this article, why would anyone choose to be in the telecom industry? It’s fast-paced, cutthroat at times, and can be very stressful and confusing with all the acronyms people throw around – PtP, DF, VLAN, MPLS, 16QAM, etc. For myself though, it was these exact characteristics, and the help of some influential people in my life, that drove me towards choosing to be a “rookie” in telecommunications. Read more of this post

Trading Transit for Telecommuting – How Bandwidth Needs Are Affecting the Telework Trend

shutterstock_1625472021 in 5 workers, 7 days a week with 5 million by 2016.

4.2 million professionals, ≥ 1 day a week.

The numbers don’t lie. Telework has become the new norm. In a world where the lines have blurred and access of information is simply at the click of a button, many organizations have opted for the virtual office or in some cases “coffices” (the local coffee shop turned office). Whether to reduce costs, your environmental footprint or boost employee productivity and morale, the concept has gained some positive traction in the workplace. Of course, there are some operating logistics that require attention to truly make telecommuting a reality.

In Need of a Bandwidth Boom

Before we start turning those office buildings into neighborhood parks, we’ll need to increase the availability of high-speed connectivity to residential areas. At present, broadband is the missing link for teleworkers. According to Akamai’s “State of Internet” report, Delaware leads the U.S. charge in average IP connection speed at 10.9Mbps. Read more of this post

Top of “Class” – Schools Leading the way in Network Technology

Kids with TechnologyA surprising development over the past few years has been the astounding growth and sophistication in the data networks operated by local school districts. With a smaller IT staff typically than the medium to large enterprises, and the help of E-rate (see our latest on the schools and libraries mechanism here), school districts are depending more and more on managed Ethernet providers to help them keep pace with an ever-growing need: bigger and bigger bandwidth to support their robust network environments.

Enterprises will tailor a network to meet the needs of various departments, data centers, labs, etc. Depending on where you sit, or your role in the organization, you may need a small connection to other offices or more likely, the Internet, to get your job done. Read more of this post

Weaving the Great World Wide Web

Veronese DiscussionOn a recent trip to the great Italian city of Venezia, I had the pleasure of exploring the Doges Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the residence of the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. While discovering the many rooms and paintings that adorn the palace I came across a painting, by the artist Veronese, on the ceiling of the Collegio Hall (Sala del Collegio). The painting depicts a woman staring in awe at the intricacies of a spider web.

So, why blog about a spider web? Good question. At the time the painting was executed, the spider web represented the Venetian symbol of “Discussion.” One can picture, the web of truth and/or lies that were discussed by the ruling body. In present day, it has taken an even more interesting turn towards a web that represents Venice, the city that grew in great wealth and knowledge via trade by reaching out to many parts of the Mediterranean world. Expanding its silk threads, so to speak, to capture and bring great fame and acclaim to the city. Read more of this post

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