Monday, December 31, 2012
Video among technologies changing networks
How organizations present information is changing. Video is the catalyst making this possible. As streaming and similar technologies gain prominence, video consumption is on the rise. This is even true in traditional digital media organizations, where video use is rising beyond normal levels, creating an environment in which strategic network upgrades are necessary. A recent SYS-CON Media report explained that video's rise as a primary bandwidth consumer in digital media will likely lead to major network investments in the sector moving forward.
Rise of video
Everybody likes video. Think about it - if you could be watching a cool video with special effects and an engaging script right now, you probably would be. Video may not always be the best method for distributing information as the written word, speech and other traditional methods still have value, but it is effective in many ways. In particular, video is well suited to providing more engaging communications and information distribution in many business and entertainment settings.
According to the news source, digital media companies are embracing video at a breakneck pace. This is creating a need for major network upgrades because video can use a staggering amount of bandwidth and performance problems cannot be tolerated. Furthermore, digital media companies can use networking as a major competitive advantage in light of the rising demand for video.
Equipping the network for video
MAN infrastructure could provide an optimal solution for video-focused organizations. MAN systems are built using dark fiber, providing an important edge over other options.
When telecoms and government organizations originally built fiber networks in the 1990s and early 2000s, not all of the infrastructure was immediately used. Some has been left completely dark and available for purchase by subscribers. Such an investment can enable a MAN setup. This involves using fiber to Ethernet media converters to attach the fiber to the corporate network, including the data center and any offices within the metropolitan region covered by the dark fiber setup.
When this type of network is created, organizations gain access to the same functionality as a WAN, but with the performance and bandwidth capabilities of a fiber-optic network. This makes the MAN a prime option for organizations focusing on video, as optical infrastructure provides an ideal avenue for content delivery.
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.