Data is growing at a staggering pace. Every year the stats astound us. In 2013, reports indicated 90 percent of the world’s information had been generated in just two years. Today, Google receives more than 4 million search queries per minute and Facebook users share 2.5 million pieces of content every minute. We’re a plugged-in, data hungry society where customers and employees expect instant access to information. The delivery and consumption of all this information relies on data networks.
From MPLS to Ethernet, there are many types of data networks businesses use. For many, the solution is Optical Wavelength Services (OWS). Specifically designed to drive high-performance and high-bandwidth options, OWS networks provide end-to-end transparency for visibility and control – as well as redundancy necessary to protect against unexpected failures. Today, OWS networks are being used across a variety of industries including banking, government agencies and professional sports.
Here are just a few examples of how companies are putting the power of OWS networks to work:
- Financial Services: This market is typically characterized by multiple data centers spread across regional headquarters and local branches. Uptime and low-latency are critical to support high-volumes of transactions, connect related lines of business, and provide data replication with redundant design. CenturyLink answers this challenge with a 100 Gbps Optical Wave Service. Customers can extend Metro Ethernet to individual branch offices in a way that require less bandwidth. The result is a highly-redundant design that minimizes downtime and round-trip latency.
- Government Agencies: Reliable networks are central to drive mission-critical operations across federal and local governments. Given the sensitive nature of data, these infrastructures must exhibit low latency, maximum security, and an ability to handle bandwidth-intense applications. Yet shrinking budgets and outdated infrastructures often inhibit operations. An OWS network enables agency data centers and locations of highly concentrated data applications to communicate across one another – via long or short distances. This as-a-service model also meets requirements to manage constrained budgets for government agencies.
- Professional Sports: Today’s sports fans demand fast, interactive, and real-time entertainment across events. More than a game, fans desire an immersive experience – with real-time stats, player updates, video replays, and fantasy drafts. As a business, professional sports teams are rapidly outfitting stadiums to handle new data and bandwidth requirements to deliver immersive fan experiences.
One team that is delivering the ultimate fan experience is the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. By utilizing an OWS network they are enabling fans to have an immersive experience at home games. Plus they are enabling coaches and team staffers to have reliable communications on the field. Unprecedented levels of redundancy also guarantee the system remains fully operational to minimize the risk of lost scouting reports, hindered communication of plays, and potential lags in communications regarding injuries and rehab.
The flood of data is upon us, and there’s no stopping it now. The mandate is clear: Fast, reliable, and high-bandwidth capable infrastructures are becoming a requirement for many organizations. Learn more about our data networking services or contact us today to speak with a network expert about which network technology is right for your business.