A nonprofit Internet advocacy group, Gig.U, released a report this past August that has us pretty excited. It has us pretty excited because it offers a fresh, principled look at the way we approach this country’s Internet infrastructure. Before we get to the report, a few words about the organization.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve been featured on a hometown construction blog this week. ConstructforStl.org has highlighted our discussion of the benefits of dark fiber, both for cities and for the businesses that light it. You can read the full post, entitled “Enlightening the dark fiber issue,” here.
St. Louis-based Connectria Hosting offers managed hosting and cloud hosting services to more than 1,000 customers in more than 30 countries. Connectria runs two data center facilities in the St. Louis area, each about six blocks from one another. Before working with Arch Fiber Networks, these two facilities were not connected to one another.
The Wisper ISP network was in need of a backbone, a hub from which it could link up to Internet carrier hotels before it could offer service to its customers in areas with limited access to cable or DSL broadband.
In addition to superior performance, dark fiber often results in substantial cost savings over lit services. But installation is something organizations need to seriously consider before choosing dark fiber. Construction is sometimes required to reach certain locations, more so if you live in a city with no preexisting dark fiber infrastructure to speak of.
What business doesn’t list growth as one of their main goals? In the event of that much-sought-after expansion, you need a network that can keep up. If growth outpaces your bandwidth, you run the risk of under performing for your customers. And disappointed customers don’t remain customers very long.
When it comes to reliable service, dark fiber networks have a number of advantages over lit services. From speed, to control, to the peace of mind knowing that a trusted backup network is in place, lighting an existing dark fiber network is a dependable way of connecting your business.
A secure network. Achieving one is part of the responsibility of every IT professional. It is imperative for some industries, where the costs of network security breaches are sky-high and failure to comply with regulations can land them in hot water. So how can dark fiber help?
During the mid-1990s great swaths of the United States were inlaid with dark fiber infrastructure. In major metro areas, the majority of buildings now lie within the so-called “last mile” of some section of this dark fiber infrastructure. Despite being so close to a network capable of offering increased bandwidth, scalability options and overall cost savings, many businesses are still scared off by the process of executing a last-mile connection.
With natural disasters and the ever-present threat of incidents, either accidental or malicious, the financial services industry has had to make critical changes in telecommunications infrastructure. Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) programs have many financial services organizations proactively pursuing initiatives for protecting their information networks.