High Bandwidth

Caisson Uses MPLS and High Bandwidth EoC to Help Taphandles Serve More Beer!

Telecom consulting and brokerage company, Caisson uses MPLS and high bandwidth EoC to help Taphandles LLC, a Seattle-based fully integrated beer marketing company serve more beer! Specifically, Caisson helped Taphandles utilizes EoC’s scalability to quickly double bandwidth, improving remote location server access. 

Zayo Offers 100 Gb Wavelength Service On West Coast Route

Zayo’s 100G Wavelength technology now provides West Coast customers with increased capacity, improved latency and cost efficiencies across a corridor that includes a high concentration of media content and internet companies.

With data consumption on the rise, this expansion will accommodate bandwidth demand driven by cloud computing, mobile traffic, “big data” processing and video streaming with Ethernet-based service delivery to customer sites. Additionally, because 100G transport requires fewer hardware connections than multiple 10G platforms, Zayo’s service allows customers to build their networks more efficiently, and with fewer potential points of failure.

Integra Telecom Launches Wavelength Services

ntegra Telecom offers high-bandwidth transport and point-to-point connectivity for business continuity, disaster recovery and long-distance data center networking. As reported:

PORTLAND, Ore., April 2, 2012 – Integra Telecom Inc., a provider of fiber-based,

business-grade networking, communications and cloud solutions, has launched

Wavelength Services...

For schools, bandwidth limits can be daily concern

Frank Catalano in his Geek Wire column this week, implies the importance of telecom to the acceleration of children's education in the U.S.

He explains that "digital technologies are changing K-12," and "in some cases education has leapfrogged consumer and business" [in this arena]. He writes that web-based education programs are among the list of technologies in this trend. And goes on to say that "existing limits of bandwidth" are a concern.

I asked Frank if by existing bandwidth limits he meant funding limits (i.e. schools with not enough money to get the bandwidth they need). His response was revealing:

Avoid IT Headaches. Decide About Facebook, YouTube Upfront.

At the risk of alienating myself to all those YouTube fans out there, I want to call attention to a trend in network management: company Internet policies.

Nothing like a health care policy, an Internet policy is a simple statement that you craft that defines how and who uses what kind of bandwidth when in your business. It's important because it helps your IT manager bond, shape, load balance and prioritize your Internet traffic.

Without an Internet policy, many businesses look the other way while employees use the Internet for personal tasks, like checking Facebook, watching YouTube or downloading news stories. As this activity goes undisclosed, it can steal bandwidth from core data functions.

Still rolling your eyes? Consider this stat posted by TechFlash during March Madness, “streaming basketball games will also affect everyone else’s Internet speeds at work” and “could cost employers more than $190 million in lost productivity time.” Popular public events like March Madness can negatively impact your bottom line if you don’t prepare.

There’s good news. Bandwidth is cheap. So your Internet policy can be as simple as:

1. Saying, “Yes, we allow employees to use the Internet for personal tasks;”

2. Then adding a secondary Internet connection that supports those activities while protecting core business functions.

You’re IT manager will know what questions remain unanswered as far as your business’s Internet usage goes. The point is, if you take the time to accurately asses your true bandwidth needs you’ll be able to deploy a better solution and manage a more sophisticated business network.

No IT staff? I act as an outsourced IT expert for businesses without an IT department. Give me a call or shoot me an email and I’ll go over the specifics.

Reach me direct at (206) 420-0140.