The corporate transition to public networks is lighting up new areas of interest in dark fiber, said CenturyLink's president of enterprise and government markets during an investor presentation.
Enterprises need to maintain security levels as they slowly transition from on-premises compute connected by virtual private networks (VPNs) to managed cloud services running over broadband, said CenturyLink's Ed Morche, speaking at Cowen and Co.'s 47th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Manhattan. CenturyLink is one of the country's largest dark fiber providers, said Morche, who came to the company from its acquisition of Level 3.
As large enterprises split their businesses and adopt public networks, they're deploying multiple approaches with partners, he said. Branch or remote offices often use broadband and managed SD-WAN, said Morche. More critical sites, those conducting research or holding intellectual property, will stick with dedicated VPNs, he noted.
"And if they need fiber for that super security -- think of Big Pharma with that intellectual property -- we'll let them manage it or we'll manage it on their behalf with a managed optical-fiber network solution," said Morche. "We see that change from private to public also promoting a lot of our dark fiber opportunities. We love dark fiber. Where we have applications that require it, we certainly promote it. We are one of the largest dark fiber providers in the country."
Enterprise adoption of hybrid environments continues to rise: By one estimate, 80% of enterprises will no longer have traditional data centers by 2025, compared with 10% in 2018, according to Gartner. As a result, businesses need a portfolio of partners, to place workloads within digital infrastructures based on business need, and adopt the right tools for monitoring and managing processes and assets, wrote David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams at Gartner.
Added Morche: "We want to stay away from reselling services and want to focus on owning services. When we own that and we own that cost structure we're very happy with that margin performance. [Enterprises] want a partner who will help them move into a hybrid environment ... Most want it broken up into various sites -- branch locations, critical and hypercritical locations -- and they want guidance."
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
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During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
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