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How the Multi-Gig is Reshaping Networks in 2022

We are Looking at More Data Than Ever Before

According to a study by GWI, the average global citizen spends almost 7 hours a day connected to the internet. Whether it’s for work, or for play, there is more data being generated than at any other time in our history – and there is no indicator that the trend will ever tick back down. The market is responding with multi-Gigs.

According to a recent Recon Analytics Survey, 50% of all workers now have the option to work remotely long term.

The need for collaborative software platforms and chat functionality has driven up bandwidth requirements. The fiber broadband association predicts by 2030 the average four-person household will require a multi-Gig circuit, just over 2 gigabits per second in download speed.

A Rise in Data Demand in Hybrid, Remote, and Traditional Offices

The pandemic has changed what people use the internet for and where. Residential internet is no longer just used for pleasure streaming of Xbox and Netflix. It is now relied on for a home office or doctor’s appointments and the ability to pay bills and perform banking activities. Having a reliable and fast symmetrical connection is a must. This data requirement is not only for companies shifting to a digital-first remote environment, but traditional office internet consumption is also on the rise. Video conferencing is the new default communication with many clients now operating hybrid environments with employee collaboration happening over video calls. The call for multi-gig infrastructure investments is nationwide and global.

How NetOps feel tackling data overwhelm

The Multi-Gig Infrastructure

There is a cyclical relationship between data and capacity, similar to the chicken/egg argument. More data creates the need for bigger pipes to transmit it. The more capacity available, the more platforms and applications are layered on by users creating (again) additional capacity needs. We’re seeing more and more providers investing in a multi-Gig infrastructure and a melding of corporate vs. residential bandwidth standards. Although two, five, and 10 Gig are the most common, optical fiber networks have made it possible to support 100 Gig offerings. Fiber optic cables are made of glass strands and utilize light signals instead of electrical impulses.

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A Fiber Optic Cable – Image Source: wikipedia

This allows data to travel faster and result in higher bandwidth rates. Increased infrastructure investment and broader data access break down the digital divide making it possible for any small town or rural area to become an endpoint on a global network. The benefits for data expansion are there – casting a wider net for talent not tied to geographical boundaries for example. But for this digital shift of increased access to succeed, enterprises need a way to see to these new network segments. NetOps and NetDevOps need to consider ways to manage networks that are looking less centralized and more distributed and decentralized.

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Image source: Computer Science wiki

The Challenge

With the demand for faster, more secure data transmission comes a need for a centralized data strategy to manage and monitor it all. Increasingly complex data networks struggle with network blind spots at the WAN Edge under traditional flow-based only monitoring. Finding a modern network monitoring platform that can take packet details and turn them into flow visibility where there was none before creates visibility across the entire network. In today’s world of multi-Gig, multi-cloud, complex networks, basic protocol analyzers and NPMs won’t cut it.

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The Solution

A modern NPM can tie together complex network ecosystems, uniting hybrid WAN or multi-cloud configurations under one dashboard. LiveAction offers network monitoring that encompasses the remote corners of the WAN edge with LiveWire. A modern network performance monitoring solution can make your bandwidth investments go further with united packet and flow visibility, advanced analytics and reporting, and encrypted traffic scanning.

LiveAction’s Network Monitoring Tool

Find a monitoring service like LiveNX that moves with the future instead of resisting it. Our agnostic everything platform gives you full visibility into network and application performance across multi-vendor, multi-domain, and multi-cloud networked environments by deploying LiveWire appliances to packet capture from the network’s edge. Schedule a demo today to talk about your specific use case.