Carriers around the world have been rolling out 100G in their core networks and even in the metro. But how many enterprises need a dedicated 100Gbps connection? Well, as of today CenturyLink has found at least one: DigitalGlobe.
DigitalGlobe is using a 100Gbps wavelength circuit to transfer satellite mapping data between its headquarters in Longmont, Colorado and its offsite data center, from which the company’s customers will be able to access it remotely.
The sort of high-resolution earth observation and geospatial solutions they offer require huge peak bandwidth capabilities, though I doubt they’ll be banging their heads against the upper limit of 100Gbps for a while yet.
CenturyLink announced its intention to upgrade its backbone with 100Gbps gear late last year via Infinera’s DTN-X. Clearly they have been busy since then rolling it out, including a customer-facing component.
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