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Burst Capabilities Take Network Scalability to Another Level

  • Aug 1, 2017

Cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT), increased mobile device usage, and a wide range of related trends are causing a shift in enterprise networking. The days of static, inflexible networks are gone. Instead, organizations increasingly rely upon on-demand network scalability to keep users connected in a cost-efficient way. Burst performance capabilities are instrumental in the shift in enterprise networking, and the ability to rapidly increase network bandwidth based on usage spikes can result in a quality experience for users.

Burst Performance At A Glance

Burst capabilities are network features that rapidly respond to escalating demand by allowing organizations to add capacity to their network for a short period of time. This is valuable in a variety of situations, including:

  • Supporting Special Projects: Holding a large teleconference, running a simulation on a data-rich cloud app, or piloting a new solution for a short period of time can cause a huge strain on a network. Instead of subscribing to a dedicated service for one-time events, organizations can use a performance burst to enable their current solutions to remain up to speed.
  • Dealing with the IoT: The creation of an environment in which data throughput demands can skyrocket is a potential consequence of the IoT. For example, the network bandwidth may slow down if machines on the data center floor overheat and IoT sensors in server cabinets send out rolling alerts. If the network is able to recognize the problem and offer a performance burst, the data can navigate freely.
  • Handling Unexpected Usage: During big events, users often stream videos on their work devices. An unexpected deadline can result in users utilizing apps and services simultaneously. Performance issues related to such usage spikes can be avoided through network performance bursts within the telecom service model. The ability to inject a burst of capacity into the network for a short time can alleviate the high cost of over-subscribing to unnecessary services.

Burst Performance in Action - Fusion's SIP Trunking and Dedicated Internet Access

Most IP communications systems are reinforced by SIP trunking. A sudden increase in callers may result in bandwidth issues, poor voice quality, and similar issues that disrupt the user experience. Fusion’s call bursting features benefit the SIP trunking set up by allowing organizations to establish additional call sessions beyond the calling sessions purchased within the service.

Fusion's Dedicated Internet Access enables organizations to utilize burst performance on an as-needed basis. For example: A company that subscribed to an 8 Gbps service may have a port speed of 10 Gbps. When an unexpected demand occurs, the company can utilize the full capacity of 10 Gbps.

Today's technology ecosystem presents a great deal of unpredictability within the network, and thus, organizations are in need of scalable configurations. Burst performance functionality is instrumental in meeting these demands.

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