Raise Network Performance and Reduce Expenses

Bandwidth Forecasting

U.S. businesses' wireline data is expected to triple from 2012 to 2017, driven by cloud computing and video. Enterprises, especially IT departments, should set and execute a strategy to manage increasing bandwidth demands and plan for technology shifts, both in the near term (big data, cloud computing and Ethernet) and the longer term (Internet of Things). Bandwidth-demand planning will be critical for enterprise IT departments to successfully budget and execute their internal networks, server/storage and third party connections. Failure to plan within a company's broader business plans creates the risk that the enterprise bottom line will be negatively impacted when IT has to “spend its way” out of capacity problems.

Enterprise Layer 1 Management

Even though IT departments have the daunting task of keeping technology running smoothly, enterprise IT departments have had notoriously limited budgets and resources to make sure everything from a 96-port router to the executives’ iPhones are all working properly. In the past, much of the networking budget was spent on overly-complex optical chassis that needed specialists to configure and manage. Now, as bandwidth needs are skyrocketing, the less complication in the server room or data center, the better. Len Bosack and XKL have engineered easy-to-use products with busy network administrators in mind.

Go optical from floor to floor in your own building and gain the simplicity of connecting switches, routers, servers or computers. With DarkStar Optical Networking Systems, an organization can start with a 2-port configuration for 20Gbps or opt for a 4-port or 10-port system for larger bandwidth considerations. Management and monitoring of the entire DarkStar network is a snap through an integrated optical service channel or the front panel copper ports.

Data centers have to make sure that bandwidth and connectivity for their big clients is in place and available even before their users know they need it. You can build a simple private optical backbone using DarkStar systems that aggregate multiple 10G Ethernet links and Fibre Channel ports into 100Gbps of mixed traffic through each 1RU DarkStar system. Designed and priced for enterprise environments, DarkStar systems are managed and monitored just like the routers and switches that are already installed. Time to install out-of-the-box is less than an hour, and no optical experience is necessary.

“We are very pleased with XKL’s 10GE equipment. The interface is simple to use, and the systems are reliable and easy to manage, they just work. We monitor the systems 24/7, of course, but problems do not arise, and it can be easy to forget that the XKL equipment is there. Since we are at the heart of Japan’s Internet backbone, it is very important to us that we are always available, not only for our customers but for Japan as well.”

“We are pleased to partner with XKL to establish this connectivity”, says Ron Sterbenz, Senior Vice President for Product & Marketing for Telx. “And are looking forward to working with them as we expand our portfolio of connection services from within a site to between key sites. Providers are continually seeking higher bandwidth and lower latency to both distribute cloud and SaaS based services as well as enterprises who choose to consume them. The demand for 10G/100G continues to grow across our footprint and to thousands of connected buildings by our network partners.”

“Under it all, you need fiber and reliable transport equipment, and we have been very pleased with XKL’s DarkStar systems. The interface is simple and familiar, and the appliances are quick to install and very easy to upgrade. Since we will not only be deploying but also monitoring the equipment, we need solutions that won’t give us any surprises.”

Networking without Complexity

Enterprise networks are complex and are becoming more so with every new technology advance and approach. Key principles must be adhered to in order to build a strong structure. At XKL, led by Len Bosack, we have a simple philosophy: don’t add complexity where it is not absolutely needed.

Simple Manageability
Extended Life Cycle

Customers report 100% up-time over an 8+ year period

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