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Network convergence putting stress on the WAN

By Donna Donnawitz
December 18, 2012
I decided to beat the New Year's rush and head to the gym a bit early this year, but after all the holiday shopping, end-of-year work and family events, I just didn't have the bandwidth I needed to get the workout I needed. In many ways, life during the holidays is like the enterprise WAN.

During this time of year, we all tend to take on more than we can realistically handle. In many ways, it's part of the fun. It is also a process that can be difficult to avoid because we care about doing as much as we can for our loved ones and also hope to do something nice for casual friends. The holiday spirit also includes a general desire to help people in need and be nice to strangers. With so much activity and good cheer going around, we sometimes get overwhelmed by how much we have going on.

The enterprise WAN is facing a similar problem. Companies are trying to do so much on the WAN that there just isn't enough bandwidth left.

Overcoming WAN bandwidth challenges
According to a recent Data Center Knowledge report, hyperconvergence is emerging as a common enterprise network trend. Hyperconvergence is an evolution of network convergence, which began in the 1990s when companies started shifting toward unified voice and data networks running on the same infrastructure. The move toward hyperconversion represents what many businesses are doing when they not only put voice and data on the network, but also have video, cloud systems and mobile solutions attached.

Hyperconvergence puts a significant strain on the network and leaves businesses in a position where they have to improve WAN capabilities to support operations. The news source explained that this is making WAN optimization a popular technology for many organizations.

However, WAN optimization is not the only option. Organizations with particularly demanding network setups and offices spread throughout a metropolitan region are increasingly turning to MAN infrastructure to support their needs.

Considering MAN capabilities
MAN infrastructure offers companies a viable option because it depends heavily on dark fiber systems that connect to corporate infrastructure through fiber to Ethernet media conversion tools. This gives businesses access to cost-effective fiber to meet many of their network needs, accelerating performance and improving bandwidth capacity.

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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