Much of the world’s digital information is moving to the cloud. Cloud technology is proving invaluable to a variety of businesses and organizations. Most companies today use the cloud in some way, from productivity apps to data storage. The level of performance provided by the cloud highly depends on the quality of the internet connection, as it needs to move data quickly and securely.

The increasing popularity of cloud computing is increasing demand for data capacity and higher bandwidth. As an internet-based server, the performance and productivity of cloud computing solutions depend on your internet connection. To get the most of the cloud, many companies are switching to fiber-optic connectivity to run their network. Without enough bandwidth, cloud computing would not perform very well.

From giving quick cloud access to preventing data hackers, here’s how fiber optics benefit and support cloud computing.

 

Fiber Optics Give You Fast and Reliable Speed

Internet speed is a vital factor in your business’s productivity. Cloud data, marketing assets, and video conferencing all require fast Internet with high speed and low latency. To get the most out of the cloud, your business needs a fast, uninterrupted, well-designed internet connection. The high-speed performance of the fiber is critical to delivering the user experience that clouds computing promises. With the help of the fiber-optic network, the stored information in the cloud can move at the speed of light, hence granting end-users faster and interrupted access to the cloud.

A high-speed connection also ensures that you can restore information efficiently, even after a power outage. Fiber optics enable users to store larger amounts of data because of its cabling’s high bandwidth capacity. This will make it easier for businesses to restore and get any information from the cloud instantly, at any time. 

Helps to Build Disaster-Resistant Cloud Data Center

Natural disasters like typhoons and hurricanes are inevitable, and the worst thing about disasters is its unpredictability. Severe weather conditions can take a big toll on companies using copper cables for transmitting data from the cloud, as extreme temperatures and weather can quickly disrupt the network connections on copper cables. Unlike copper cables, however, fiber optics can withstand severe weather, temperature changes, high humidity, and extreme pressure. The protective cladding around fiber optics enables the light used to transmit information to travel safely over long distances. The light can bend and turn corners, thus allowing for uninterrupted connectivity.

In short, fiber optics has the ability to keep its users connected to the cloud with minimal problems, despite the presence of disasters.

Better Protection against Cybersecurity Threats

Companies of all sizes are at risk of a cyber-attack. One of the biggest concerns for business owners when using cloud technology is the safety and security of the information stored in the cloud. With copper cables, your security system is easier to break into – all it takes is a tapping device to extract valuable information from your cloud system. To keep your network safe and sound from hackers, you need to constantly monitor the cable.

Meanwhile, fiber-optic internet provides higher durability and a more secure connection, thus helping to prevent cybercriminals from attacking your data. To hijack a fiber-optic network, the hackers requires advanced equipment and expertise in fiber cabling. In addition, fiber networks do not radiate signals, which makes them harder to spot. Hence, end-users can have better peace of mind, knowing their data is safe from security threats. The extra power given by fiber-optic means you will have the capability to run cloud-based firewalls to further enhance your security.

Flexibility to Grow With Businesses

Flexera’s State of the Cloud Report found that over 90 percent of businesses have a multi-cloud strategy, while 87 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy. A fiber-optic connection can support a variety of cloud applications and services since they are more flexible and can easily expand to adapt to your business’ growth. Software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud storage, and VoIP are examples of applications that benefit from fiber-optic connectivity. Using fiber-optic connectivity, you can grow the network in your cloud with different cloud services that provide various services, from large data transfers to integrated machine learning.

 

With the rise of cloud computing, data center bandwidth requirements are rising as well. Having the right amount of internet bandwidth accessible to execute a plethora of cloud service requires a reliable internet connection. To meet this demand, many have opted for fiber optics, as it gives a more reliable and speed-scalable medium than copper. As fiber networks continue to expand, the development of standardized fiber testing practices becomes increasingly important. VIAVI Solutions is one of the leader in fiber testing, offering the most complete range of fiber test solutions. VIAVI’s umbrella of interactive tools, testing capabilities, and solutions will help you prepare for anything the future holds.

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Shirley Lim

Channel Marketing Manager - APAC

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