Bandwidth Super Highway: Migrating Straight to 100G

Road Trip

I remember growing up taking family vacations, my parents driving across multiple states in our paneled family station wagon on “one-lane” country roads or “two-lane” highways. Now, most of those same roads are all 3-4 lane expressways and some are, or will be, even larger Super Highways.

The evolution of bandwidth for data transmission is similar. Bandwidth level speeds of 10Mbps to 100Mbps Ethernet used to be considered large scale capacity. Now, bandwidth speeds of 1Gbps to 10Gbps Ethernet capacity are becoming more common.   With the increase in data and cloud technologies, the demand for bandwidth level speeds of 40Gbps to 100Gbps Ethernet, for both Metro and Long Haul networks, is growing steadily for carriers and other high-end data consumers. Read more of this post

Takes Two to Tango in the World of Network Carriers

Tango Dancer with LightIn times past, boundaries were a little more black and white than they are today. For example, something as simple as hair color was easy; an individual could be blond, brown, black, red, etc. Nowadays, it is very commonplace to see a person with multiple colors in their hair ranging all over the spectrum, from blue to pink, purple to green. Everything is more “fluid” now, and the same can be said of the unusual relationships that are developed in the world of telecommunications, especially those in the network Carrier space.

Before there existed more boundaries; a provider was more or less thought of as some entity that sold goods to other entities. Today, a provider is not only a seller of goods, but also a competitor and a buyer all wrapped up into one business. Many factors have fed into this hodgepodge, so to speak, but the fluidness of the Carrier relationships and the nature of the telecom world tends to lend a helping hand to the “blurring of boundaries.” Read more of this post

Elephants on Parade

Original Sunesys Elephant SketchPoppie Fresh.

Quicky.

Geoffrey.

Rich Uncle Pennybags.

If imagery of fresh baked cookies with a tall glass of Nesquik chocolate milk are dancing in your head as you kick back and relax on the couch with your newly purchased game of Monopoly from Toys ‘R Us – then you aren’t far off. That’s right, these quintessential brands amongst others, rule the psyches of our everyday lives. In the world of Sunesys, we are no different. Shep has also consumed our hearts with his iconic branding. Read more of this post

Keeping Pace with Changes in Health Care IT: An Outsider’s Perspective

Health_Care_IT_RhythmAs a company, we work with customers from many industries. I often try to put myself in my customer’s position in an effort to gain some insight. The specific individuals we work with are usually the IT professionals in those organizations – the CIO/CMIO, Infrastructure Manager and Solutions Architect to name a few generic titles. My objective is to try and understand what problems that individual is facing that we may help solve.

As it applies to the health care industry, this exercise is getting more complicated almost by the day. Just consider the following news and events, all of which occurred in the past few weeks:

  • HHS, CMS and the Office of the ONC issued proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules as well as 2015 Health IT Certification Criteria,
  • A major breach of patient data was reported by a large insurer,
  • Congress brought so-called “doc fix” legislation to a vote (the House passed it, the Senate postponed action until mid-April)

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Telehealth, Net Neutrality and A “New” Internet?

shutterstock_50712442What does telehealth have to do with net neutrality? Both are the latest buzzwords and until recently, vaguely defined terms. Telehealth, although still evolving, generally entails all things involving patient care that require the transmission of data. Net neutrality has been defined by the FCC’s recent release of a Net Neutrality order. And their correlation? Some have asked the question: Is net neutrality really the best thing for telehealth efforts? With no specific language regarding the prioritization of medical information, the Order basically equates the diagnostic transmission of a brain tumor at the same level as the latest skateboarding cat video! There are numerous other analogies to make this point but at the present time, every industry’s information (whether it be adult content, television, YouTube etc.) is equal to your medical information.

Back in the days when the Internet started out, everybody saw the future through his or her own lens. The Health IT community made statements like, “between 30% and 50% of the Internet would be consumed by medical information;” this was a visionary statement at the time, but the premise of medical information growing was largely true, albeit slow and still developing. In modern day, other industries have taken off, consuming much of the Internet traffic with ever-evolving applications, such as digital TV, set to bring more traffic to the information highway. Where does this leave telehealth? Right now, it finds itself treated at the same level as your neighbor’s kid playing Game of War. Read more of this post

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