A fiber-optic cable is made up of incredibly thin strands of glass or plastic known as optical fibers; one cable can have as few as two strands or as many as several hundred. Each strand is less than a tenth as thick as a human hair and can carry something like 25,000 telephone calls, so an entire fiber-optic cable can easily carry several million calls.
So, what does this mean for your business?
You may have noticed in the past few years that there are many construction crews operating down the sides of your local highways, roads, and streets. They normally have a mini excavator, perhaps a Ditch Witch, or what is referred to as a horizontal boring machine that looks like a drill-rig with the drill at an angle. They also normally have a truck or trailer in tow holding large spools of plastic pipe.
This pipe is called conduit, and comes in many colors, serving as a guide to those who operate excavating equipment. The color of the conduit tells those who come across it what is inside the pipe.
How does this relate to your business and community?
Today’s IT managers are no longer responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of an organization. At least, they shouldn’t be. IT managers should be strategic thinkers who guide the organization’s technological vision rather than spend time on tasks that can easily be handled by their staff. Engaging a data center colocation partner can be one of the best ways to facilitate freeing your IT resources.
Thanks to technological advancements, organizations can outsource their IT infrastructure to a managed services provider. With colocation, businesses rent different facets of a data center instead of buying them. IT managers can rent and outsource everything from servers, storage, and networking equipment to ancillary data center features, such as space, heating and cooling, and physical security.
There was a time when work typically meant going to an office, so it’s not surprising that traditional business phone systems were built around a single, static location. Depending on size, a facility could install a premise-based key system or PBX or could choose central office-based Centrex. Either of the on-site options typically involved a capital expenditure, took up space, anything from a closet to a room. It entailed maintenance, repair, and general "care and feeding” of the system, so the user either had to hire a telecom manager to handle moves, changes, and software updates or pay a contractor for support.
One of the main reasons for moving to the cloud is to free IT staff from labor-intensive, daily management of computing services, and instead make them available for more strategic activities such as planning and oversight. Simplifying network management by using one vendor for both networking and cloud services is one more way to free resources for those profit-enhancing initiatives. Setting up services becomes simpler when the vendor recommending your network configuration knows what cloud services you’ll be using. Compatibility issues are eliminated before they occur. And IT staff doesn’t have to play middleman and be responsible for conveying information between cloud and network vendors.
One of the biggest differences among cloud service providers is whether the provider offers their own network access to their cloud services...