Advanced cloud services point to network prioritization

The network is becoming a priority as more businesses depend on the network.

By Donna Donnawitz
October 31, 2012
Everything is happening in the cloud. If you use Facebook, you are using the cloud. If your company uses gmail, you are using the cloud. It is not uncommon for people to use the cloud for years before even realizing that they depend on data in little virtual clouds scattered around the world. But what does this mean for you and your business? In many cases, it means you need to consider strategic network upgrades.

Evaluating the cloud as a whole
In its simplest form, the cloud is a form of computing in which users access data, applications and infrastructure through the web. This means all of the work is being done on servers in somebody's data center, while your computer only has to connect to the web and be able to handle the processing requirements or your web browser.

Think about what this means for the network, and you will soon realize it is completely transformative. Traditionally, all of the computing work is done on the end user device. Servers send basic application data and information to users and their computers take that core information and use it to run the application. This means that minimal data is actually being sent through the network. The cloud reverses this scenario. All of the processing and rendering is done in the server, meaning all the data pertaining to the application has to be sent through the network. You're probably going to need some wider network pipes to prevent the infrastructure from getting clogged.

Dealing with complex cloud setups
According to a recent DataCenter Dynamics report, many businesses are turning to Data-as-a-Service cloud plans. These solutions involve companies subscribing to on-demand virtual data center systems that they can use to process information and applications and stream that data to end users.

The news source explained that this kind of solution demands advanced network capabilities not only because of the amount of content going through the network, but also because that data is critical and sensitive. Since the information is so valuable, it can't travel over the public internet and needs a private connection.

In such a situation, which is not uncommon when working in the cloud, it is often best for companies to invest in MAN or other robust interconnect architectures that support rapid data transit to end users. This kind of solution is highly dependent on fiber to Ethernet media converters because it hinges on using optical networking to connect various facilities, which generally use Ethernet as their internal protocol.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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