ROADM Network – A Future-Proof Telecommunications Highway

Telecommunications HighwaySunesys recently announced a new network product, the “SunTran Data Center Transport Network.” The heart of which is the ROADM, or Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer. ROADM is an all-optical switching element allowing for the user to remotely add and or drop wavelengths to/from a DWDM stream without having to terminate the traffic.

This is achieved through the use of a Wavelength Selective Switching (WSS) module which allows individual or multiple wavelengths carrying data channels to be added and/or dropped from a transport fiber without the need to convert the signals on all of the WDM channels to electronic signals and back again to optical signals as in an Optical Electrical Optical (OEO) module. Read more of this post

Bandwidth Rush – A Marketing Company’s Perspective

Bandwidth HogIn any industry you think of today, applications are changing the way people access media, handle a variety of transactions, and connect with friends, family and business associates.  In corporate offices, employees use a variety of applications to conduct business that more often than not are cloud-based.  Social media activities are happening at the workplace related to both professional and personal identities. Finally, employees are accessing a variety of content necessary (at least most of it) for research, to collaborate with customers and suppliers or even train on the job.  As a result, wireless and wireline networks have continued to grow and extend out to people in their homes and workplaces.

Live Marketing is an integrated event marketing company based in Chicago.  They combine traditional and digital marketing techniques and practices to create solutions for their customers.  Due to their reliance on various technologies to create content, they have a unique perspective on the need for more bandwidth both in their local area and wide area networks. Read more of this post

The 5 Apps Making Our Pipes Fatter

Ethernet BurstingIn this business, we are often faced with one of two reactions when the topic shifts to “Bandwidth” in a new client meeting. The first avenue is “the minimalists;” the group that doesn’t necessarily think they need 10Gbps let alone 40 or 100Gbps. The second is “the extremists;” those that want 100Gbps but couldn’t tell you why they need it or even for what it will be used.

One thing is for certain these days; fat pipes are springing up everywhere driven by bandwidth hungry applications. In our business, we often encounter 5 categories of data apps that are contributing to this growth.

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Shedding Light on Dark Fiber

Dark FiberWhat is Dark Fiber?

Dark Fiber gives your company’s network a dedicated fiber optic connection; this connection offers virtually unlimited bandwidth as it is solely based upon the equipment you place on the ends. Dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM), an optical technique that involves splitting a single optical fiber into multiple wavelengths, further supports this limitless bandwidth capacity. Currently, DWDM systems have a capacity of 8 terabits and growing!

Frequently, Dark Fiber is sold on a per pair or single-strand basis dependent upon what your gear requires. Typically, the purchase of the network occurs via a long term IRU (Indefeasible Rights of Use) agreement. Traditionally, this lease agreement was for 10 or 20-year terms, however, in recent years companies have begun purchasing on much shorter lease terms. Read more of this post

Healthcare Providers: Planning & Implementing a Future-Proof Network Solution

Healthcare Providers Network SolutionsWorking with our healthcare customers has only further convinced us of their need for secure, highly available, high-speed information infrastructure networks to support their rapidly changing business model.  As we’ve discussed in this space before this need is driven by several primary factors:

  • Dramatic increase in data creation and large file transfers.  MRI and radiology image files are two examples. In addition, telehealth often incorporates live video which requires high bandwidth that is uninterrupted.
  • Implementation and growing use of EHR systems.  Federal incentives for implementing Electronic Health Records have led to rapid adoption by healthcare providers. In addition, healthcare providers must meet Stage 2 meaningful use criteria in 2014 to remain eligible for incentives.
  • HIPAA regulations.  Privacy and security rules mandate that confidential patient information be protected. Furthermore, several recent news stories indicate that this information has become a target for hackers. Read more of this post

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