What’s happened in the past month that might affect the network industry? Here are some of the stories Lumos insiders took a second look at over the past month. This month’s roundup includes stories on fiber networks, cloud computing, cybersecurity and more.
1. Fiber is the future of the net, say firms in Arkansas. You won’t get any argument from us here at Lumos. In areas of the state that previously didn’t have internet service, fiber is now the popular choice for getting service to them. That’s given some areas access to gigabit internet. It makes sense: in the future more people will want this kind of speed. Read the full article: Arkansas firms look at fiber as Net’s future.
Learn more about fiber networks: What is Fiber Optic Broadband?
2. According to Cisco, 76% of the network traffic passing through data centers will be cloud based in the next four years. Growth is scheduled to be at least 23% per year. SaaS traffic will increase while PaaS and IaaS will decline says Cisco. The report looks ahead to the amount of traffic that the Internet of Everything will bring, predicting that this will be 47 times higher than the total data center traffic by 2018. Our take: if you think bandwidth needs are huge now, just wait – you’ll need even more robust networks by 2018! Check out Cisco’s Global Cloud Index for more information and read the full analysis on Forbes: Cloud Soon to Represent Three-Quarters Of Data Center Traffic, Cisco Predicts
Learn more about cloud computing: The Era of Cloud Computing
3. Symantec says that even if you have an enterprise security plan in place, regular review is essential. For us, the points about having a holistic view of the network so you can monitor for both known threats and anomalies makes a lot of sense. And, as we’ve said before, making sure employees are aware is key. Read the full article: 5 Ways To Reinforce Your Company’s Cybersecurity Program Today.
4. Federal department CIOs are most concerned about cyber security for the coming year. They plan to look at risk assessment, governance and funding for government’s digital systems. Another area to target is planning for responsiveness to threats. Cloud services and resource consolidation are other priorities. With everything going digital, this is one area no-one can afford to ignore. Read the full article: State CIOs List Security as Top Priority for 2015.
Learn more about cybersecurity: Cybersecurity 101
5. Big data is only useful if you can get actionable insights from it. This Forbes article outlines some of the issues that show the failings of big data. It also indicates the need for storage and analytics. Read the full article: What To Do When Your Big Data Isn’t Big Enough.
6. Related to this, the Wistia blog explains some of the pitfalls of data driven marketing, urging that we see data as one aspect of informing decisions. It’s also important to be critical of data and to be aware that even data points that are hard to measure are important in doing analysis. Read the full article: The Dangers of Data Informed Marketing.
Learn more about big data: Big Data 101
Does your network provide the fast, robust web connectivity your customers expect? You only have to look around anytime people can’t get access to the Internet to see the incredulity and frustration on their faces.
Roanoke College’s Chief Information Officer, Rebecca Sandlin, makes a very important point:
“When we started to have growing pains with our Internet service, the first thing that happened is everyone realized how much we needed Internet access. It had somehow become just like electricity where people noticed immediately if it wasn’t there. It had an emotional impact because not everybody had realized how serious it would be if we didn’t have the Internet that we needed.”
How would you cope if you couldn’t get online for a day? Take this fun 5-question quiz to see how you would manage:
Quiz: Could You Cope Without Internet Access?
- The Internet is down when you wake up and your 3G/4G/LTE connection isn’t working either, so you can’t do an early morning email check and respond to any messages that came in overnight. Do you:
- Have another half hour in bed?
- Get up and rush to the office because you are paranoid about what you might miss?
- It’s breakfast time, and there’s still no access, so you can’t dip into social networks and news sites while you eat. Do you:
- Actually eat breakfast?
- Skip breakfast to get to the office where you’re pretty sure the Internet is working?
- En route, you still don’t have Internet, so there’s no chance to watch some streaming video or download and listen to a podcast during your journey. Do you:
- Have a conversation with someone on the subway?
- Moan about the missing access all the way to the office?
- Sadly, when you get to the office the Internet is down there, too. Do you:
- Work on documents offline, hoping it will be back soon?
- Have a meltdown because you can’t do that crucial research you were planning to finish before your ten o’clock meeting?
- It’s afternoon, and you have a Skype conference scheduled, which now can’t take place. Do you:
- Try to remember how you did conference calls BEFORE Skype?
- Lose it completely and go home in a terrible mood?
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If you answered all As, you’ll achieve something during the day, but not as much as you’d planned.
If you answered all Bs, you would be totally lost without Internet access and are hoping this will turn out to be a nightmare and you’ll soon wake up.
What This Means for your Network
Luckily, that’s not something most of us have to think about. In the US, 87% of the population has Internet access (compared with less than 2% in some parts of the world). That’s probably why we now take constant network connectivity for granted, both at work and at home, so that we can always get online. When it’s not there, we get as upset as if the lights go out.
That’s also why businesses need to make sure their networks are robust enough to meet the challenge of these expectations. Ask us how Lumos can help.
There’s a new network customization case study on our website. This time we talk to Liberty University about meeting the challenge of growth and changes in educational delivery.
For this customer profile, we interviewed Matt Fleming, Liberty’s Manager of Network Services and Tirian Wilson, the university’s Lead Voice Engineer. They were very positive about the experience of working with Lumos Networks.
“What I like most about working with Lumos is accessibility. We have access to our sales rep and other people in the company, and we’re able to call whoever we need. We typically get a very fast response,” says Matt.
Issues covered in the interview include:
- How bottlenecks affected the bottom line prior to the installation of Lumos services
- The need for flexibility in delivering and managing voice services
- How course delivery is changing and the impact of that change on network needs.
The profile also considers the importance of disaster preparedness and network uptime: “I think it’s paramount to what we do every day. From the students demanding Netflix and Hulu, to the online population being able to come in and utilize the tools they need to take their courses and communicate with the professors and counselors, it’s critical to the school,” says Matt.
Find out how Lumos Networks customized a solution for Liberty University in Liberty University: Delivering a Customized Education Network. The profile includes a video.
Learn more about the technological issues facing educational institutions in Customizing the Education Network of the Future.