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

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

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