It’s no secret that businesses are consuming more data than ever, thanks to the prevalence of cloud computing and mobile traffic. Add to that the ever-growing Big Data needs, and organizations are seeing unprecedented demands on their networks.
In its July 2012 Visual Networking Index, Cisco reported a rapid increase in networking demand from many sources but mainly streaming media. It also estimates an annual growth rate of 29 percent for IP traffic through 2016.
That is why we upgraded our network to speeds of 100 Gigabits per second in more than 50 U.S. metropolitan areas as well as Singapore and London. We also plan to extend the high-capacity capabilities to include connectivity to Savvis cloud, hosting, and colocation services; data centers; and customer business locations.
Here’s what 100G means for your business:
- High-speed connectivity to the cloud, company data and resilient facilities.
- Reduced costs per transported bit. In a recent interview with OSP Magazine, our Senior Vice President Pieter Poll said: “With exponentially increasing consumption, costs are going to have to be on an inverse exponential curve. Either that, or broadband is going to become rapidly unaffordable for this country. So I’m always looking at techniques that are going to allow cost effectiveness — the cost per bit.”
- Improved operational costs, thanks to reduced space and power consumption.
- Support for new higher speed OTN and Ethernet services, which are still needed in the move from TDM to IP.
- Faster time to revenue, due to the ability to more quickly activate new services.
From gaming and BYOD to ecommerce and banking, the need for speed is doubling every year, and reducing the cost per bit so businesses can take advantage of new technology faster is definitely a move in the right direction.
How is your organization dealing with increased demands on the network? What other benefits can you see from 100 Gbps?