T1s used to be considered “fast.” Now as cloud adoption continues to rise and our media becomes richer and heavier, T1s, or even bundled T1s, will not suffice. Small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and organizations are increasingly adopting cloud services. They realize they are not in the data center business. They would much rather get out of it and focus on their core competencies.
The cloud is dramatically transforming how SMBs operate. The operational benefits and efficiencies of cloud-computing are becoming increasingly accepted and adopted. Migration to cloud technologies has not only involved production servers and software, but also business-critical applications such as VoIP business phone systems.
Bigger Pipes, But Lower Costs Overall
The rise in cloud computing, bandwidth-intensive applications, and heavy media mean even more data will be produced and consumed by businesses. This will require SMBs to have bigger pipes—larger, dedicated circuits (usually fiber) providing more bandwidth and hence, more reliable connectivity.
You can only push and pull so much data to and from the cloud over your local broadband connection. In addition, employees are accessing the Internet thru the company network. They are streaming music, watching video, and conducting bandwidth-intensive webinars and video conferences.
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