Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The foundation for robust connectivity in Asia

A knowledge network article by Singtel
Monday 22 January 18

Few would argue about the pivotal role of communication networks in this age of widespread digital transformation. Across the globe, pervasive digitisation and increasing hybrid cloud deployments have made connectivity an indispensable component of doing business. Network outages or failures can result in costly losses and tarnish a brand, and businesses serious about reliability and performance need to focus on the latter by adopting a strategic approach to upgrading or building their network infrastructure…

Few would argue about the pivotal role of communication networks in this age of widespread digital transformation. Across the globe, pervasive digitisation and increasing hybrid cloud deployments have made connectivity an indispensable component of doing business.

Network outages or failures can result in costly losses and tarnish a brand, and businesses serious about reliability and performance need to focus on the latter by adopting a strategic approach to upgrading or building their network infrastructure.  

What’s changing in the connectivity space?

The importance of the network is amply evidenced by the rapid rise of technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and other connectivity-centric capabilities to deliver reliable and resilient networks that are highly scalable and flexible.

While SDN benefits network providers with its inherent ability to harness existing infrastructure at higher levels of utilisation, it also has a lot to offer when it comes to the enterprise. Namely, organisations can leverage the technology to rapidly provision connectivity and make configuration tweaks at a pace that can meet the demands of today’s agile business environments.

This works due to the use of intelligent, policy-driven software that runs independently of the underlying hardware. As data continues to grow at an explosive rate and the need for bandwidth surges and dips depending on demand, the ability to tweak the network infrastructure based on the real-world demands of the application and user will prove invaluable.

The resilient core

Yet there is no question that reliability and performance boil down to the strength of the underlying network. As the momentum builds inexorably towards overarching digital transformation, it is crucial for enterprises to properly understand the capabilities of their underlying provider’s network infrastructure prior to committing to new solutions and services.  A genuinely resilient network must not only be equipped with ample capacity, but also cable diversity to withstand disruptions stemming from accidental cable cuts or forces of nature such as earthquakes.

Choosing the right partner

When it comes to working with a carrier, opt for one with a strong reputation – and the experience and technical expertise you can count on for designing and building your network architecture.

Operating the most extensive submarine cable network around the region, Singtel is a major investor in many of the world's cable systems that provide enterprises with robust connection in Asia, Trans-Pacific, Europe, Asean and Oceania. Enterprises can expect the most reliable, secure and customised connectivity solutions to any destination with Singtel’s diversified cable routing paths. In the event of an interruption, service will be switched to an alternate path to ensure continued performance at optimal levels.

And to meet the rising demand for high-speed broadband between Asia and Australia, Singtel is also a significant stakeholder in the INDIGO cable system (scheduled to be completed by Q1 2019). Spanning approximately 9000 km, the system will provide direct connectivity to Singapore and Perth, and onwards to Sydney. Landing in existing facilities in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia, the system will also allow connections between Singapore and Jakarta. 

If you are looking to connect your office in Asia, contact us here.

 

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