Decoding DNA: Developing Networks to Handle Dynamic Data

DNA StrandWhen it comes to bandwidth hogs, where do we begin? There exists a plethora of daily-use applications that fall into this category; with many more yet to hit the hot list as technologies evolve. Some congestions using Internet-based solutions include social media, video streaming content or home automation access. The healthcare industry has no shortage of these bandwidth hoarders. With the ever-growing compliancy requirements for using IP to transfer data, there becomes some concern over the use of IP based connectivity. For now, let’s evaluate genome data, since more and more healthcare researchers are recovering data from a human genome.

A human genome is the complete set of nucleic acid sequence for humans; encoded as deoxyribonucleic acid, for short DNA, a molecule that carries our genetic instructions. So you may be thinking,

“What would genetic researchers need to do with data networking?”

Within this DNA, researchers are trying to pull the info from a single individual to isolate medicine to that specific individual. This means a more precise medication without all the side effects from taking it. I can almost guarantee, each of us has sat watching the TV commercials, which take longer to list the FDA-required side effects versus what the medication will actually do for your body. What if researchers could curb those side effects and individualize a treatment plan for that person? Read more of this post

We All Need Backhaul

Cell Signal Skyline“BYOD,” a name which created a buzz within the technology industry is now synonymous with the mobile workforce and its increased productivity.  The elevated cell phone usage during work hours, whether checking your e-mail on a stroll to the coffee station; an occasional text message to a family member; or downloading a spreadsheet from your mobile device, has expanded your organization’s need for in-building capacity and coverage.

Small cells, which create zones of cellular coverage, yield faster upload and download speeds by extending the signal closer to the end consumer and allows corporations the ability to control device information.  Extending the signal closer provides you with the information needed to enforce policies and target users more accurately.  By offering a cleaner signal and utilizing less power, Small cells have a positive effect on the environment, are more efficient in high-density areas, and provide a solution where cell towers cannot be built. Read more of this post

Inverting the Cost Curve – The Case for Fiber in the World of Enterprise

mountaingraphAs consumer applications multiply and are served via the “cloud,” bandwidth consumption continues to increase. We’ve seen this trend drive the cable companies to offer higher bandwidth connections to the home. It also has driven a dramatic increase in mobile bandwidth consumption – I’m sure you’ve felt the pain of a website failing to load on your smartphone or tablet while traveling.

This same trend is now impacting businesses of all sizes across various industries. Financial firms and traders were perhaps affected first – the move to computer trading platforms forced a bandwidth race and need for reliability and security. But now, large enterprises in particular, are moving to hosted email, ERP and CRM systems. Their employees need more bandwidth in office to interface with these cloud-based applications. Read more of this post

Carrying Content to the Edge

Ripple Effect Admit it.

You get upset when it takes too long for your social media newsfeed to load, or when that movie you’re trying to stream buffers or even stops due to network congestion issues. So do the modern titans of technology. If you’re upset, you can bet the companies that have business riding those networks are equally as frustrated!

The big web generation companies (social media, e-commerce, content delivery and cloud solutions) live and die by their service availability, and over the past several years we’ve seen many of them significantly increase their efforts to expand and better control their network reach. One of the many strategies utilized by these companies has been focused on acquiring or building dark fiber optic assets, something which was once much more of a direct Telco network deployment strategy. This is a change from the more traditional telecommunications model of purchasing managed lit services that all but the local “triple play” incumbents employed in years past. Read more of this post

Today’s Puzzle: Designing a Fiber Network

Puzzle Pieces of Sales EngineeringI love a good puzzle. Something that challenges you, makes you think in ways you wouldn’t in your normal, everyday routine. To me, designing a fiber network is much like putting together a puzzle. As a Sales Engineer, you get bits and pieces of information given to you by customers with the final goal of putting together a riddle which designs a solution that will ultimately meet the needs of your customer. Some puzzles are more difficult than others. However, in the end, it’s all about the satisfaction you and your customer get from a solution you may have not thought of in the beginning, when you’re just looking at a bunch of small puzzle pieces and not the “bigger” picture. Let me dive a little into the varying “smaller” pieces that a Sales Engineer needs in order to design a well-rounded solution for the end consumer.

Service: The obvious starting point is: “What exactly are you looking to accomplish?” Are you looking for a Private Ethernet solution, combining a couple or group of sites together? Or, are you in search of a provider to supply Internet. Maybe you want the unlimited capabilities of a Dark Fiber solution, allowing for your own equipment at both ends and the supply of however much bandwidth you desire. These are just a few examples of the different service offerings available. Sometimes you need a combination of these, but this is step one of it all. Often, determining the solution requires a few “clues” to get the puzzle started, clues which may be defined through other factors below. What level of bandwidth do you currently need? Do you foresee increases in that bandwidth in the near future? Are you looking for high security? Do you have in-house personnel who can equip the network or would you prefer that responsibility remain with your provider? These are just some of the clues we look for at the onset of a fiber network build. Read more of this post

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