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Q:Do you use any type of cloud storage? If so, what kind, and why?
This Wednesday: Optimize and Accelerate Your Business
Concentric Cloud Solutions
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM PST
Join this FREE, one-hour webinar and learn how to optimize and accelerate your business using content acceleration and enterprise cloud solutions. During this webinar you will learn:
- The driving forces behind why companies are moving to the cloud for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
- The online, mobile, social and cloud market dynamics that are affecting businesses and enterprises.
- What to look for as key attributes in a cloud-based solution.
- To identify which key security attributes are “must-haves” for your cloud services provider.
- Key points about Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery and how they can protect your company safely and securely from the cloud.
- How to create immediate scale and agility in your IT operations.
- Online video trends and how they are affecting your website and the way you conduct business.
- What impacts social media and the cloud have on your customers.
- How to dramatically lower costs by moving to the cloud.
- Achieve a positive Return on Investment (ROI).
Who should attend:
- IT executives and managers
- IT operations
- Business managers responsible for online video
The Algebra Trick that Could Boost Bandwidth Tenfold
MIT Technology Review reports a team of academic researchers have found a way to use algebra to improve wireless bandwidth by a factor of ten.
WiFi and LTE networks typically drop a percent of their packets. Having to resend these packets can make wireless inefficient. The new technology, dubbed coded TCP, transforms the packets into algebraic equations describing the packets, so that if any packets are dropped, the device can determine the content of the missing packets without re-transmission.
On a test on the Acela train, the method boosted bandwidth from 0.5 Mbps to 13.5 Mbps.
The technology could be a breakthrough in wireless communications. Cisco is predicting mobile bandwidth use will increase 18-fold by 2016, and Bell Labs predicts 25-fold growth. The FCC has said we may run out of wireless spectrum in a few years. A ten-fold improvement in the use of existing wireless spectrum could delay this spectrum crunch.
Researchers said they expect the technology to be commercially available within a few years.
XO Expands Fiber Beyond U.S. For First Time Ever
For the first time, XO Communications has expanded its nationwide Tier 1 fiber network beyond U.S. borders and into Canada (see "Hello Canada" on the XO Pulse Blog).
Just days after celebrating being the first to launch nationwide 100G Ethernet coast-to-coast, XO today announced it has expanded its fiber network to Toronto.
This announcement is important for two reasons:
- The XO network now reaches outside the U.S. into Canada. While XO has offered international service in more than 50 countries for years, it has historically depended on the international fiber presence of its partner carriers. This marks the first time XO has built out its own fiber network to another country.
- Canadian-based businesses can now buy access to the XO network. As part of the expansion, XO established a Canadian subsidiary and can now legally do business with Canada-based businesses. This opens up XO’s nationwide U.S. footprint to Canadian businesses with large U.S. presences.
XO announced they will initially offer up to 10G Ethernet via their new peering point at the Cologix data center (151 Front Street West) in Toronto. Available services include Internet access, wavelengths, MPLS, VPLS, and private line.
The Cologix data center on Front Street is Canada’s largest interconnection hub.