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Network needs shifting in response to cloud computing

By Max Burkhalter
December 20, 2012
If you look at telecom business trends, you may quickly notice that a significant number of companies, particularly those not based in metropolitan areas, are using telecom plans that are inferior to consumer network plans. The reasoning behind this is simple - many consumer households are using the network to download video games, stream high definition video and surf the web using a mobile device, all at the same time. Businesses, on the other hand, expect their users to primarily use the network for web access and basic communications.

In the past year or so, this pattern has changed. The shift has been a global one, as organizations in a diverse range of countries, from the United States to Japan and India, are moving away from traditional IT practices and using cloud services and other third-party IT solutions to get the job done. This creates an environment in which the network suddenly has to become a priority for many companies.

According to a recent Telecom Lead report, the move toward cloud computing and similar services is putting businesses into a position in which they have to make strategic network upgrades to support ongoing operations. In particular, telecom service strategies have to change, as a significant number of organizations can no longer get by easily with basic network services and may need to use more advanced telecom plans.

How telecoms have to respond to rising cloud use
Many experts agree that telecoms are already beginning to respond to the rise of cloud computing and changing business network climate. Organizations are carefully evaluating the potential gains offered by LTE and other advanced mobile network services.

Mobile networks serve as a natural complement to the cloud because they provide organizations with the ability to enable more flexible access to web solutions and cloud applications. This is particularly important as more work gets done outside of the office and many businesses seek ways to align operational capabilities with worker requirements.

As mobile networks expand, the need for fiber to Ethernet media converters increases substantially. Fiber is emerging as a primary backhaul solution for mobile networks, but most towers mainly use Ethernet cabling to attach the radio signal tools to the service provider infrastructure. This makes media conversion a vital tool in supporting rising bandwidth needs in mobile networks.

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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