Fiber Is The New Standard For Business

Proving once again that change is the only constant, businesses today are relying on their data connections more than ever before. This data dependence, if you will, emphasizes why fiber is now the standard for business.

First, it is important to note that companies are changing how they access and store their data. According to a survey of enterprise decision-makers, 38% are building private clouds, 32% are procuring public cloud services and the rest plan to implement some form of cloud technology.

Specifically, nearly 60% are adopting a hybrid cloud model, which uses a combination of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with coordination between the two platforms.

Due in part to the adoption of the cloud, today’s professionals are no longer passive recipients of information. Businesses are generating more content with cloud-based applications like Salesforce, Dropbox and a host of other products.

Research shows that 93% of organizations are using cloud services currently. These include Software-as-a-Service, such as Salesforce, Dropbox and DocuSign; Infrastructure-as-a-Service, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure; and Platform-as-a-Service, such as Google App Engine.

As companies move forward with these “adapt or die” technologies, businesses also need to fully understand the options available to power their new normal. Unequivocally, a fiber network rises to the top as it can optimize each of these services.

Fiber, which is stronger than copper, is essentially light over glass. This makes it impervious to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference as well as inclement weather conditions that can damage or stall data transmission via copper cabling, which typically has been in place for a century.

Fiber now is the backbone upon which your business’ infrastructure should be built.

Notably, business internet traffic in the U.S. in 2021 is expected to reach 11 Exabytes per month, the equivalent of 4 million DVDs an hour. According to research, this is an increase of more than three times the business internet traffic of 2016.

This figure is not surprising given that businesses are realizing the value of near-time or real-time replication, which requires a large amount of bandwidth and a fiber connection for optimal performance.

From uploading and downloading large files without disruption to crisper voice quality for VoIP users and even improved collaboration among employees, a fiber network delivers the criteria that businesses demand to compete and thrive within this changing landscape.