Where next for the WAN?
Unify Issue 5
It’s official: Copper’s days as the go-to medium for carrying data over the final mile are numbered. Analysts have been predicting it for some time, and now reality is rapidly catching up. As evidence: Every significant WAN contract won by Gamma in the last 12 months involves enterprises cutting loose from metal and moving to glass. In unified communications, fibre is the new black.
Two factors are driving this accelerated pace of change:
- As apps move at pace to the cloud, the need for a better pipe with more rigorous SLAs has become paramount.
- Supporting this move, fibre pricing has plummeted, making Ethernet Everywhere an affordable solution, giving both superior bandwidth and superior reliability.
The results of bold deployments can be nothing short of spectacular.
One Gamma customer with 130 sites moved from copper EFM backed up with legacy DSL to full fibre. Providing a 10 X increase in bandwidth, Gamma’s dual Ethernet solution has slashed communications costs by 20%;
in round numbers saving £40k a month and £480k a year.
The conclusion to be drawn from this example is inescapable:
A lot of enterprises with legacy WANs are now paying a lot of money for a distinctly inferior service.