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Lighting up the Cloud

By admin, July 5, 2012 6:56 pm

Imagine a global fiber network that links over 450 data centers, offers bandwidth that scales from 100M to 100G, and has virtually no latency. It’s a game changer that’s lighting up the cloud environment.?

The communications facility comes from AboveNet, a company that employs a private optical network to provide high-bandwidth connectivity services to businesses and carriers.?The network currently links more than 500 data centers, and services are being delivered to around 3,200 commercial buildings in the U.S. and Europe.

Fiber delivers more bandwidth than most of us can imagine, but bandwidth isn’t the only factor; ultra-low latency, e.g. sub 5ms, is the critical parameter for real-time information exchange between sites, as required by applications such as video conferencing and telephony.?The game that fiber changes is the need to have a backup facility in the immediate vicinity, i.e. it doesn’t matter how far away it is as long as the latency figure is ultra-low. Legacy networks are constrained because they employ indirect routes that traverse multiple exchanges, each of which adds latency.

The performance of AboveNet’s private network is not subject to the bursts of traffic demand that are made on a public network.?Employing a private infrastructure also allows enterprises to employ a private cloud that is secure and which has high-bandwidth connectivity to each data center, thereby supporting both storage and processing virtualization.?Virtualization allows applications to be economically deployed in multiple data centers, which means that private clouds are intrinsically robust.??


Moving applications into the cloud changes the architecture of an enterprise’s environment but it should not be allowed to change the performance. Service providers have to deliver LAN network-quality performance over a wide area network, and that can be tough. In addition to employing indirect routes, legacy networks are also constrained when the time comes to scale the service. Each legacy exchange has to be upgraded, and that takes time. Moreover, it represents a significant investment for the network provider, and that might mean that performance hits a wall. Enterprises are moving up to 10 Gbps and will want to go higher in future, and this creates a capacity crunch on legacy TDM networks.?It can be realized but it is not economic: the cost is around twice that of an AboveNet Ethernet circuit.?Moreover, a company can move up from 45 Mbps TDM to 100 Mbps Ethernet for a minimal monthly charge increase.

Fiber networks are not so constrained. They deliver performance that scales from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps, and scaling up only requires a change of plug-in card on the enterprise’s Ethernet switch. These high-performance figures are realized because there is a dedicated channel between the two end-points. You can have more than one channel running in a single optic fiber, but they must be independent. This can be achieved by using different wavelengths for each channel.


Since 2003, AboveNet has focused on demanding markets, such as finance, healthcare, and government, and the provider’s network reaches important business and financial centers. In North America these include New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Toronto. In Europe, it embraces London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. All the stock exchanges in those financial centers employ the network, as do many of the attendant financial institutions.

The company has built a solid customer base in markets such as finance, government and healthcare.?All the stock exchanges in those financial centers employ AboveNet’s managed services, as do major media companies needing to circulate massive video files for processing between international sites.?The company is currently targeting the enterprise market and is offering connectivity services that piggyback on the established network. In other words, if your business lies within reach of this fiber footprint, then, as illustrated, you can access business-class cloud services across a WAN that delivers LAN-like performance.

AboveNet is obviously not the only service provider that offers light-speed connectivity, but it is distinguished by the fact that the company does not build data centers or handle low-bandwidth bursts of traffic like voice or other types of digital telecommunications signals.?The decision to focus on high bandwidth connectivity and a single communications technology, Carrier Ethernet, allowed AboveNet to build this high-performance, low-latency, global network.?


Enterprises can elect to go for a public, private or hybrid solution, but hybrid is emerging as the preferred option. IT management does have valid concerns about the security and availability of public cloud offers so it makes sense to consolidate the critical applications in-house by building a private cloud. Less demanding applications can then be provided by a robust public cloud offer. For example, should precious, limited internal resources be used to manage and maintain the company’s email service??However, the quality and performance of this kind of hybrid mix-and-match of private and public computing is contingent on the performance of the connecting WAN.

AboveNet emphasizes the fact that their private, very wide area network can be used to connect public as well as private clouds and this enables a simpler, more business focused network topology. ?High bandwidth connectivity also allows workloads to migrate from private to public clouds. ?

In addition to providing connectivity between major conurbations, fiber is also for the “last mile”, i.e. to reach into the data centers of enterprises.?Multinationals can therefore interconnect their data centers in London, Frankfurt, New York, etc, and all traffic stays not only “on-net” but also on a network that is managed by one supplier.?? ??


Virtualization enables computing resources to be used more efficiently. It removes the earlier need to have spare capacity in order to accommodate peak workloads, but primary data centers still required a backup facility in the event of a malfunction.?Therefore a valuable resource would be idle for most of the time.?

However, in the cloud model there are no primary data centers.?There are multiple ways of accessing the applications.?Workloads are distributed around the network and when you have high-speed connectivity between data centers they function as a huge, consolidated resource.?Therefore the regular perception of a backup is no longer valid although the intrinsic functionality is there. Backups, like workloads, are distributed around the network.


For a viable private cloud you need secure, reliable and high bandwidth connectivity for each datacenter to support both storage and processing virtualization. ?For enterprise access to the public cloud you also need security and reliability, but speed and classes of service are less stringent. ?End-to-end fiber is a game-changing development. It changes mindsets as well as performance.

Want to learn more about cloud communications? Then be sure to attend the Cloud Communications Expo, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct 2-5, in Austin, TX. The Cloud Communications Expo will address the growing need of businesses to integrate and leverage cloud based communications applications, process enhancement techniques, and network based communications interfaces and architectures. For more information on registering for the Cloud Communications Expo click here.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

Fiberutilities Group Recognized as One of Corridor’s Fastest Growing Companies

By admin, May 21, 2012 10:37 am

Corridor Business Journal, the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. and Kirkwood Community College have together recognized Fiberutilities Group (FG) as one of the Corridor’s fastest growing companies.

Iowa-based Fiberutilities Group specializes in professional management, consulting and technology in the development of privately owned fiber optic networks. The Group even takes care of over 8,000 miles of client-owned fiber optic networks, including one of the largest private, client-owned, multi-gigabit Ethernet networks in the United States.

“With so many exceptional companies headquartered in the area, it is a great honor to be recognized as one of the Corridor’s fastest growing companies,” said Scot Eberle, president of Fiberutilities Group.

Growth is a critical component of success and dedication to technical innovation, according to Eberle, and a focus on client needs has allowed Fiberutilities Group to grow at a very competitive rate.

“We are fortunate to have a very talented team that is dedicated to helping clients get the most from their enterprise networks,” he added.

FG also provides full operational control of network at the operational, data link level, including monitoring and maintenance of the physical network, as well as providing design, planning and construction services for any new fiber network required.

For those clients with higher levels of sophistication, FG can provide incremental support services at every layer, starting with acquiring network assets (dark fiber) and moving up the value/service chain to full network operation and control.

Last year, Fiberutilities Group worked with the ICN in the overall project planning and deployment of the ICN’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant.

Edited by Braden Becker

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace Includes Ethernet Access Services

By admin, May 17, 2012 4:31 pm

Global Capacity has enhanced its One Marketplace Access Exchange with the inclusion of Ethernet Access services, whose physical interconnection points will be located in Chicago, IL and Dallas, TX. Customers of the One Marketplace platform can now apply for computerized rates, place orders, request and manage off-net Ethernet access offerings. An increase in revenue will be possible with the well-positioned network interconnections, which will expose on-net Ethernet services to computerized market demand. Operating costs will also be lowered due to the network interconnections resulting in enhanced EBITDA performance.

In the last year, Ethernet has been used by Global Capacity clients as a suitable alternative for replacements of conventional Frame Relay, ATM and private line access, resulting in business augmentation. Over 40 suppliers of Global Capacity are being offered automated point to point Ethernet rates, resulting in an increased demand for Ethernet based access requests. Global Capacity is also experiencing a rise in requirement and supply for low bandwidth Ethernet access services like Ethernet over Copper (EoC) despite the huge demand for large fiber based Ethernet service requests.

In a release, Patrick Shutt, CEO of Global Capacity, said, “With the increased demand for Ethernet Services across the industry, Global Capacity has a unique advantage by providing customers a streamlined and more efficient process to manage their off-net quoting and delivery solutions. By strategically interconnecting with partners, Global Capacity can deliver increased market transparency and leverage carrier’s excess capacity to provide a more comprehensive solution to its customers, which will add value to the entire marketplace. casino online .”

Requirements in Chicago and Dallas are met by the strategically positioned initial interconnection points of Global Capacity. Global Capacity’s carrier-grade Ethernet switching platform can be directly linked by customers from their POP with 1 GbE port interconnections. Customers can also extend their reach in an affordable and effective manner by utilizing the existing capacity of other participating Carriers, Service Providers or Enterprise Customers.

Clients of One Marketplace Access Exchange are offered rapid, precise, immediate costing for Ethernet access circuits, thereby enhancing an organization’s response time to customer requirements. Carriers are also able to provide competitive costing utilizing One Marketplace Access Exchange’s market intellect.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

Terremark Expands its Data Center Footprint in Latin America

By admin, May 15, 2012 7:20 am

The high-tech corridor at S?o Paulo is set to become bigger with Terremark expanding the Network Access Point?(News – Alert) (NAP) do Brazil, a massive and diverse carrier-neutral data center that is home to one of the most important Internet exchange points in Latin America.

By increasing its data center footprint and investment in Brazil, which is generally regarded as the IT hub in Latin America, Terremark, a Verizon?(News – Alert) Company, is attempting to fulfill its global strategy of extending the reach of its advanced IT solutions throughout the world, said company officials.

“We have experienced outstanding success and growth in Latin America, which is a clear testament of our unique proposition and our commitment to help enterprises across every industry transform their business through the adoption of the Enterprise Cloud,” said Nelson Fonseca, president at Terremark, in a press release.

NAP do Brazil, in the Alphaville area of S?o Paulo, will house 150,000 servers?in a connected, secure and redundant ecosystem and when combined with the recently expanded NAP of the Americas-Columbia facilities, Terremark will collectively offer more than 90,000 square feet of raised data center floor space in Latin America.

The expansion of Terremark’s operations in Brazil stems from increased customer demands for a world-class data center that has high security standards in place including ISO 27001 certification and capable of offering its customers a comprehensive portfolio of services.

“Our goal is to provide growing local and multinational enterprises with a secure, highly available hosting environment for their mission-critical applications,” said Hugo Zanon, head of the operations in Brazil.

Related news reports Terremark helping Direct Insite, a provider of e-invoicing solutions for accounts payable and accounts receivable automation, to improve application speed and responsiveness, and gain scalability, mission-critical availability and global bandwidth via its suite of IT infrastructure solutions.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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Vodafone Makes $1.7 Billion Bid for Cable & Wireless

By admin, April 24, 2012 5:23 pm

Vodafone (News online casino nbso .com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/482fbd3a1et_icon.gif.gif” /> – Alert) has recently purchased Cable and Wireless Wordlwide in a deal of €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion U.S.) The Indian company Tata communications had decided not to pursue a takeover bid for the struggling company last week.

CWW Shareholders will receive around 46 cents per share. Vodafone is believed to be interested in the company due to its extensive fiber optic network, which it can use for wireless backhaul to relieve the burden placed on its network from smartphones and other mobile devices. CWW has 20,500 kilometers (310.7 miles) of fiber-optic cable across the United Kingdom.

“The acquisition of Cable & Wireless (News – Alert) Worldwide creates a leading integrated player in the enterprise segment of the UK communications market and brings attractive cost savings to our UK and international operations,” Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group chief executive, said.

The takeover will lead to redundancies in their combined staff, but Vodafone has not specified which workers from both companies will be laid off and when, or if the CWW name will be kept or the company will be merged into Vodafone.

 “It provides us with a significant UK and international fiber network allowing us to manage costs as data traffic grows,” Colao said in a conference call with investors. “It also opens up attractive opportunities in the unified communications space.”

The deal, however, might be in trouble after one of CWW’s biggest shareholders, the international fund management firm Orbis, failed to agree to the deal.

“Although we believe the CWW management team has handled the bid pro, cess responsibly, we have declined give an irrevocable undertaking or letter of intent to support the transaction. CWW, which saw its shares rise 14 per cent to 36.5p after the offer was unveiled, provides high-speed telecoms services to companies including Tesco and will help Vodafone boost its corporate arm at a time of slow consumer growth,” a spokesperson for Orbis said.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

Level 3 Announces Expansion of its San Francisco Data Center Facility

By admin, March 23, 2012 9:16 am

Level 3 Communications (News – Alert), a global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers, has reportedly expanded its San Francisco data center facility.

The enhanced facility now offers additional high-density enterprise-ready space. The expansion is aimed facilitating more enterprise growth for its clients that require an efficient, scalable, enterprise-ready facility to support their business applications

In a press release, Level 3 claimed that the new facility will allow the clients to customize their spaces to meet their unique growth needs. This way, enterprises will be able to minimize their costs of expansion.

In order to address the reliability issues, the facility offers direct connectivity to Level 3’s global network. The expansion also provides its clients with instant access to increased network capacity. By providing a managed colocation service, Level 3 also helps eliminate operations, administration and maintenance expenses.

Level 3 San Francisco data center facility provides multi-layer security features such as 24 x 7 closed-circuit video and alarm monitoring and dual authentication security. With high-density power cabinets and suites, fully redundant uninterruptible power supply and industry-standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, the facility is easily one of the best in the country. In addition, the data center features support for 200 watts per square foot power density and customer work stations and conference room.

“Enterprises can face challenges with the reliability and growth of critical applications that are not closely situated to the network core. Customers benefit from using Level 3’s data centers because we offer direct connectivity to our infrastructure, which can enhance reliability of business applications and, in turn, enable businesses to expand more quickly,” vice president of Data Center Product Management Mike Benjamin explained in a statement.

Level 3 operates more than 350 data center and colocation facilities globally, including assets in North America, Europe and Latin America. These facilities allow customers to expand their enterprise application resources rapidly or to enhance business continuity programs. Connectivity among sites is available via Level 3’s 165,000 intercity, metro, and subsea fiber route miles. Level 3 has a network presence in more than 45 countries.

“Based on our estimates ranking Level 3 as a top 10 multi-tenant data center provider in the U.S. in terms of 2011 revenues and 2012 projected revenues, Level 3 is competitively positioned to attract a broader set of customers with its enterprise-ready data center services. Enterprises of all sizes are recognizing the benefits offered by modern collocation services, and our research shows significant demand from both enterprises and service providers in the San Francisco area,” Sean Hackett, research director at 451 Research, a global analyst research firm, noted in a statement.

Earlier this month Level 3 Communications announced that it entered into an exchange agreement for its 15 percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2013 with Longleaf Partners Fund, a series of the Longleaf Partners Fund Trust, for which Southeastern Asset Management acts as investment adviser.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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Latin America’s Level 3 Named ‘Ethernet Service Provider of the Year’

By admin, January 19, 2012 5:54 pm

Level 3 Communications (News – Alert) Inc has announced that it has been awarded the ‘Service Provider of the Year” and “Best Business Ethernet Service” for its Ethernet services in the Caribbean and Latin American Regions by the Metro Ethernet Forum (News – Alert) (MEF). The MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards identify excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services.

More than 170 organizations worldwide including telecommunication service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations form the global industry alliance MEF (News – Alert). MEF’s aim is to accelerate the worldwide implementation of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. Level 3 Communications is a global provider of IP-based communication services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers.

A judging panel consisting of five global and regional analysts determined the frontrunners of the awards. We received this Hitachi hard drive from a customer last week which had previously been with another company offering Professional Recovery services.. These awards are presented every year in North America, APAC, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and in the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) regions.

In a release, Nan Chen, MEF President, said, “The ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award represents the highest cumulative score for all categories – business, wholesale and marketing – with an additional score for service coverage, access technologies and partnership agreements. Ethernet is a key component for companies trying to drive growth while also increasing efficiencies, and providers like Level 3 are helping companies leverage the technology to create business value. casino online .”

The expert panel has presented the Best Business Ethernet Service Award to Level 3 for providing innovative Ethernet services to the enterprise segment within the CALA region.

Hector Alonso, the Regional President of Latin America at Level 3, stated, “Level 3 is proud to receive these awards in recognition of our Ethernet services. We are working closely with our customers, as well as with organizations like MEF, to create value for the market by offering services we believe are the most reliable and flexible Ethernet solutions available.”

The award entries in the field of Carrier Ethernet Services highlight the importance of Ethernet transport technology for enhanced performance and efficiency.

For more information on mobile opportunities in Latin America, check out the Mobile LatAm event, which is part of ITEXPO (News – Alert) East 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3. The event includes speakers and panels focused on communications and technology topics in this region.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO East 2012, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 3 2012, in Miami, FL. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It’s also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. For more information on registering for ITEXPO registration click here.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

S.I. Tech Announces Release of New Industrial Ethernet to Fiber Optic Bit-Driver

By admin, December 29, 2011 10:19 pm

S.I. Tech, Inc., a manufacturer of fiber optic communication devices for LAN, WAN, Industrial, as well as in Military Applications, announced the successful development of a new “Industrial Ethernet” to Fiber Optic Bit Driver.

The company which manufactures fiber optic communication devices such as modems (media converters), multiplexers, repeaters, hubs, and cable assemblies developed its latest product, Model #2151, as a part of its family of Ethernet products.

Included in its extensive portfolio of Ethernet products are a number of Media Converters and Switches, a range of Fiber Optic Repeaters up to Gigabit speed. Applications developed by S.I. Tech include Enterprise/Security/IP Video/Shield Rooms/Process Control/SCADA and Industrial.

The new Model #2151 has been designed with a small frame with measurements of (4 x 3.6 x 1.2 Inches). The model also features a rugged Bit-Driver and comes with a single Ethernet port (10/100 Mbps) and a Fiber Port. The Fiber Port can be used as Multimode covering short distances or as Single mode for long distances.

ST connectors for the Multimode come in both standard and SC (optional LC) for Single Mode. Unit provides Din Rail Mounting capable of supporting redundant 10 to 32 VDC power input typical to Industrial Plants while the Ethernet board comes with a conformal coating for protection against extreme environmental conditions such as from dust, dirt, and humidity. online casino . The new model’s enclosure is rated IP 40.

Model#2151 has been designed to support IEEE 802.3 spec, and MDI (News – Alert) leveraging Auto Negotiation or manual setting (Rate, Duplicity, and Flow Control). The new model also features status indicators for ease in trouble shooting. These include Power/Link Status, LAN Activity/Data speed indicators. Additionally, the new Model #2151 can comply with Straight or Cross wired Ethernet cables.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell