Network Evolution Key to Driving Cloud Expansion

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Fiber networks

Fiber capability helps eliminate the potential bottlenecks of bandwidth granularity and scalability. Since the 1980s, fiber deployment has grown from a few long-haul strands in North America to extensive metro, long distance, and undersea deployments. Sprint was one of the first telecommunication companies to move to fiber, constructing 10,000 miles in 1986 and adding 16-channel WDM systems in the early 1990s. Construction continues; 19 million miles of optical fiber were installed in 2011 in the United States. Worldwide fiber deployment is also growing significantly, connecting even private homes with more fiber or other high-speed, last-mile broadband technology. We can conclude that this fiber proliferation will likely eliminate any last mile connectivity problems.

During the early 1990s, visitors to a trade show clicked on a hyperlink and used the Internet to connect to over 600 servers. It was called the World Wide Web and stunned the users with the simplicity of the operation and how easy it was to get information. Of course, today we can connect to more than 690 million servers, and the Web is woven into the very fabric of our lives. It was the dawn of a new era in technology.

Which of today's technologies are now similarly positioned to revolutionize our work and interactions? Cloud computing is signaling that we are again at the dawn of a new era, and the network will drive the way we use the cloud in much the same way as the browser transformed the Internet.

Today the cloud is bound by the network. To truly realize the full potential of cloud computing, network connectivity must be as accessible and user-friendly as the Web made the Internet. In this slideshow, network specialists from Ciena take a closer look at the networking elements that are driving a new era of cloud computing.


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