For almost two decades, enterprises worldwide and in all sectors of the economy have been reaping the benefits of the Internet. Today, however, data usage is increasing at an exponential rate due to the rise of cloud computing. Enterprises are seeking to virtualize their services and move applications off the desktop in order to better manage client computers and control data security.
This trend demands the availability of much more physical transmission capacity to and from data centers and between campus buildings. And that capacity must be readily scalable, as well. Finally, the data transmission infrastructure must ensure high security to eliminate the possibility of data breaches and, in many cases, must accommodate the presence of traditional TDM alongside IP.
From a network perspective, backhaul is the network that carries traffic from the inside edge of the access network – from a cellular base station, for example – to the core of the network or to the “cloud.”
Increasingly, enterprises are looking to microwave systems to meet their backhaul and interconnect needs. The reasons for this are simple enough: microwave networks offer a lower total cost of ownership than leased lines with the advantage becoming more pronounced as capacity requirements increase.
The use of microwave systems for network backhaul provides enterprise IT managers with an ultra-reliable, cost-effective tool for transporting the data associated with ever-increasing bandwidth-intensive applications among campus buildings and geographically dispersed sites. Such applications include voice, LAN access, video conferencing, distributed database access, and data center backup.
Designing and deploying a microwave network enables business enterprises to set up communication channels quickly and effect operations right away. Those benefits are why most enterprises find a microwave network the ideal solution, and the most cost effective alternative to fiber.
The benefits of microwave are many and include
Microwave backhaul equipment can deliver fiber-speed, enterprise wireless connectivity up to Gigabit capacities without incurring costly infrastructure upgrades or leased access. It is the most cost-effective choice to deliver higher-quality bandwidth to multiple remote locations than any other high-bandwidth fixed wireless solution available. By deploying these enterprise wireless solutions to deliver high-bandwidth broadband services, business network administrators will minimize their capital expenditures and recurring telecommunications costs, while increasing performance, and improving the ability to seamlessly communicate and share resources.
As many IT managers can attest, the capability of traditional leased lines to support ever-increasing network bandwidth requirements is severely lacking. Although privately owned fiber can be an option, for most businesses it’s either not available or too expensive to install. From a cost perspective, running fiber can run more than US$250,000 per mile, while that same long-haul distance can be covered with microwave technology for less than US$50,000.Leasing fiber, another option, is also cost-prohibitive, running thousands of dollars per month for a single leased line.
One of the key features that makes microwave so attractive to critical communications networks is high reliability. Often the mistaken perception is that since microwave travels through the air, it is regularly degraded by weather and climate conditions that cause it to fade – resulting in data errors and outages. While atmospheric factors are need to be considered, microwave paths can be engineered to provide availability better than 99.999% – the so-called “5 nines”. This benchmark equates to less than 5 minutes of outage per year. In fact, many microwave paths are engineered for even higher availability – often better than 99.9999%, or less than 30seconds annually of down time.
As a business grows in terms of size and the number of employees, the requirement for connectivity and bandwidth grows. A microwave network can easily keep pace with the changing requirements and fulfill the business needs.Microwave radio is a pointto point technology. That meansthat each link operatesindependently. Thereforeit is easily scalable for simplesystems connecting two sites,all the way up to large interstatenetworks linking hundreds ofsites. Also,today’s microwavedigital radios, such as those from Exalt, are capable ofscaling in capacitiesfrom 10 Mbps to 1+ Gbps.
While it can take months to lay new fiber or provision leased fiber lines, microwave systems can be deployed in a single day.
Exalt Communications is a leading manufacturer of next-generation packet microwave backhaul systems for mobile operators, broadband service providers, government agencies, and enterprises worldwide. The company’s innovative approach to microwave system design is one that not merely addresses current network requirements, but anticipates customer needs yet to come. Exalt’s unique universal platform makes Exalt microwave systems more robust, adaptable, flexible and cost-effective than others.
Exalt systems are designed to address the specific connectivity and backhaul challenges faced by network planners and IT managers in dozens of industries. With presence in over 40 countries and customers including Tier 1 mobile network operators, government and public safety agencies, utilities, ISPs, and enterprises from midsize to multinational, Exalt microwave radio systems meet the diverse and evolving requirements of networks worldwide. Our team of microwave technology experts continues to push the leading edge of the innovation curve enabling Exalt to deliver systems that provide the highest level of functionality at the lowest total cost of ownership.
Exalt not only provides customers with standard-setting microwave radio systems, is also backs up these systems with service, support, and consultation to ensure that Exalt products perform exactly the way customers need them to, today, tomorrow and beyond.
The company’s global team of systems engineers has been carefully chosen for their experience and expertise in designing and deploying microwave backhaul system for customers across all industries. Whether it is a new network, expansion of an existing one, or the replacement of a legacy network, Exalt systems engineers help maximize the value of the customer’s investment. Their broad industry knowledge and strong relationships with Exalt partners throughout the world – such as Com Guard – enable them to bring the right resources to every engagement.
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