We at Lifeline Data Centers are seeing a trend; our clients are shopping more telecom providers and building more complex wide area networks to better match their business requirements, both on the voice and data sides. This often includes dark fiber to connect production systems at Lifeline to dense end-user locations such as a company headquarters. This trend we see may be due to the fact that Lifeline is a carrier neutral data center facility, and that we charge no cross-connect fees. But we believe it is also due to the ever-shrinking costs of telecom, the demand for more bandwidth, and the availability of better data replication technologies for disaster recovery.
1. Control. We all want control of our network and the solutions we offer to carry the data communications it enables. The only way a company can get full control is if they have the core, base fiber – ‘dark fiber.’ Dark fiber is the raw fiber, in the ground, along a specific route that is just waiting to be lit. It’s the Light, when the fiber is lit, that enables the carriage of data communications. Routes can be diverse, but the most control is on the electronics and equipment that companies use to light the fiber. With a variety of very capable and leading vendors to choose from – the control is all yours.
2. State-of-the-Art. Yes, I’m using that marketing term in association with dark fiber. Not all fiber is created equal. Of course light can only travel so fast, but with the latest and greatest technologies, dark fiber is ‘state-of-the-art’ technology that can enable communications – and a lot of it.
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