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Network needs expand as cloud systems evolve

By Max Burkhalter
December 31, 2012
A variety of technological trends are set to come to a head in 2013. According to a recent ZDNet report, cloud computing is among the most noteworthy areas for technological change in the coming year.

Citing a variety of industry experts, the news source explained that the cloud will have a major impact on storage environments and increasingly be deployed in hybrid configurations. Other key cloud trends include the increasingly mobile workforce, which is enabled by cloud computing.

As these various cloud-related movements are set to continue into the coming year, an overarching need for improved network functionality is clear. The need for strategic network upgrades could increase substantially. This gives telecoms an opportunity to generate revenue through increased fiber-to-the-premises deployments.

Considering the market for FTTx
FTTx, which refers to installing any combination of fiber-to-the-home-or fiber-to-the-business infrastructure, presents telecoms with a unique opportunity to create revenue opportunities. Many experts agree that FTTH on its own is not always the best source of revenue for telecom providers. The problem with the network format is that many consumers are content with advanced DSL services or similar functionality and cannot afford to make the upgrade. At the least, the performance gains offered by FTTH are not so great that many consumers will seriously consider the upgrade. This has long held back telecom network innovation throughout much of Europe.

FTTB, on the other hand, had long been considered a relatively unimportant network option because many businesses are content with relatively low-performance telecom plans as long as they are reliable and consistent. Cloud computing is changing this and creating an environment in which telecoms can use FTTB to create revenue generation opportunities. As more businesses depend on advanced cloud and data center services, the need for better network infrastructure grows, making optical cabling a vital asset.

Balancing FTTH and FTTB investments within a broad FTTx strategy can allow telecoms to deploy innovative network solutions while maintaining consistent revenue. This is especially true when advanced fiber to Ethernet media converters are used to facilitate the project, as such solutions offer sophisticated functionality while cost-effectively allowing for interoperability within the network. For example, some robust media conversion tools feature QoS functionality that enables better packet routing within a network and allows telecoms to gain more control over broad performance capabilities.

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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