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Wavelength Services For California
AboveNet is expanding its high capacity fiber optic network services with new low latency wavelength services serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, including key locations in Santa Clara and San Jose, California.

By: John Shepler

AboveNet’s Core Wave solutions are based on ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) technology. It offers dynamic wavelength add/drops of multiple protocols that include Ethernet, TDM, storage and video transport. This makes for an array of flexible service options, scalability and fast provisioning.

Core Wave Shows The Future
Compared to legacy network designs, Core Wave shows the path that all fiber optic networks will be taking in the future. Business needs are too dynamic to be straight-jacketed into a few single protocol service levels or difficult to modify equipment configurations. By basing their network on DWDM with ROADM and deploying services via wavelength, AboveNet can offer businesses whatever connectivity they need with the option to make changes and additions easily.

Optical Traffic Management Advantages
The beauty of wavelengths and ROADM is that you can manage traffic optically, without the need to do an optical to electrical to optical conversion process. This allows you to add a wavelength, drop off a wavelength or simply pass the wavelength (cut-through) without affecting it. The ROADM doesn’t have to know or care what protocol the traffic is on the wavelength because it doesn’t dissect the signal at that level. ROADMs give a whole new meaning to the idea of a “transparent” network.

Multiple Protocol Fiber Services
What type of fiber optic services is AboveNet making available in the San Francisco Bay Area? You have dedicated bandwidth at 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps and 10 Gbps, with both protected and unprotected options. Multi-protocol support includes Carrier Ethernet at 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE), SONET/SDH at OC-12 (622 Mbps) STM-4, OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) STM-16, and OC-192 (10 Gbps) STM-64. You can also transport the Fibre Channel FC-100, FC-200 and FC-400 standards for SAN (Storage Area Networks). The platform is scalable to 40 Gbps for future connectivity needs.

MAN and WAN Connections
Core Wave is a MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) solution for point to point connectivity between business locations. AboveNet also offers long haul low latency 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps and 10 Gbps transparent bandwidth from their POP (Point of Presence) to enterprise locations in major metro locations. This fiber optic service bypasses the Local Exchange Carrier loops to keep everything on the AboveNet network and guarantee a full 10 Gbps connectivity. One application of this service, called eXpressWave Long Haul, is to securely connect a corporate data center and backup data center located in different markets. You can order express routing of point to point dedicated circuits with no local stops to your remote locations, as needed.

San Francisco, Nationwide and International
Are you doing business in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley, and require high bandwidth, high reliability fiber optic connectivity? If so, get quotes for fiber optic wavelength services from AboveNet and other competitive carriers serving this area of California. Similar services are also available in other locations nationwide, including low latency connections to international destinations.

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