Posts about Data Center Connectivity

In recent years, we’ve seen a huge boom in the number of businesses – both big and small – looking to invest in Nordic data centers. Perhaps the two most recognizable names to build facilities in and around the “Node Pole” are Google, which opened a huge data center in Hamina on Finland’s southern coastline, and Facebook, that opened its first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. The rush to locate these facilities near the Arctic Circle is no coincidence ...
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I thought I’d take a look at software-defined networking (SDN) this month, since it’s another topic I regularly see across Technically Speaking and a subject that’s been populating most technology news headlines recently. Like my previous article covering network functions virtualization (NFV) which was published last year, I wanted to not only understand the subject matter better myself, but share with you the fundamentals of the concept as well as its supposition ...
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It seems like all we hear about these days is “the cloud”; music in the cloud, photos in the cloud, video in the cloud, backup in the cloud. But what does all of the cloudification mean for traditional service providers and their traditional suppliers? ...

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Network requirements across the distributed enterprise are becoming more complex. From server-to-server mesh fabrics to long-haul virtual networks, applications are demanding more speed, more flexibility and more reliability. At the same time, enterprises, cloud providers and even metro carriers are tasked with driving down the cost of network expansion and operations, which is accomplished largely by streamlining infrastructure and making more use of available bandwidth ...
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Data centers have become the largest target client sector for equipment manufacturers and components suppliers over the past ten years. Yet many of these vendors still do not understand that when it comes to data centers, none are the same. And, while there are large categories of data centers, within them there can be much variation in networking needs. In fact, some of the largest data centers network asset acquisition trends have changed drastically in this time period. For this first post in a series, we examine the large categories of data centers and what their data center interconnect (DCI) requirements are ...

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