IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) allows companies to leverage outsourced IT resources to manage costs and scale as needed. Because IaaS provides a cloud-computing infrastructure via virtualization technologies, it’s important to have a solid connection to keep business operations running smoothly and at top speed. 

Network speeds are vital for ensuring optimal functionality for your business and customers. When selecting an IaaS provider, it’s important to understand how your provider is connecting your hosted infrastructure back to you. Your hosted infrastructure can include network, servers, data storage, and operating systems. Because these IT resources perform critical functions, it’s important to evaluate the data connection they will be utilizing to deliver your services

A poor network connection to your IaaS provider can cause many issues including business interruptions, loss of revenue, and even a depletion of your customer base. Not all network connections are created equal. For that very reason, it’s important to make sure your IaaS provider is supplying the best connection for your business. 

The benefits of T-1 for IaaS

A T-1 circuit is a dedicated connection from your IaaS provider to your company. The majority of residential and small business internet connections are shared connections. When you share a connection, you may experience reduced speeds and functionality if you are splitting the bandwidth with the other building tenants or even the city block. You may even encounter intermittent down time and inconsistent bandwidth speeds.

A T-1 dedicated connection solves these issues, as you are the only one using the connection. This also makes the circuit more secure because your traffic cannot be intercepted by someone else using the circuit.

The benefits of fiber optics

The T-1 line was originally designed to be transmitted over the old telephone copper lines that crisscross the country, making it available almost anywhere because of the prevalence of phone lines. Now, these circuits are using fiber optic cables to provide these point-to-point connections.

Within the last few years, internet providers have been laying fiber optic cables across the country which allow multiple T-1 connections due to fiber optics higher bandwidth throughput.

Fiber optic infrastructure helps you better utilize your T-1 connection and offers these advantages.

  • Fiber optic allows for higher speeds: Fiber optic cables use light to transmit data rather than electrical connections, which offers significant improvements in speed.
  • Fiber optic cables provide a more reliable connection: Fiber optic is dependable because it isn’t affected by weather changes, such as temperature fluctuations and moisture. Because fiber optics uses light to transmit data instead of electricity, it is also unaffected by electromagnetic interference.
  • Fiber optic cables can transmit signals over a much farther distance: Most traditional copper wires are limited to a 328-foot limit before a connecting device is needed to continue the transmission. Fiber optics are not subject to those limitations, and thus they can travel farther.
  • Fiber optics also has a lower cost of ownership: Although initial laying of fiber optic cables may come at a higher cost, the better endurance and longer lifespan of fiber results in a lower total cost of ownership.
  • Fiber offers flexibility for future integration: Fiber optics can be incorporated into other networks with converters. The flexibility of fiber makes it an optimal solution for growth. 
  • They are safer: Old and frayed copper wiring poses a significant fire hazard. This does not occur with fiber optic cable making it much safer.

The use of T-1 and fiber optics makes for a more secure connection and faster speeds. When selecting an IaaS provider, make sure you are opting for one that can offer use these benefits. Whatever your internet needs are, select LightBound as your solution. We offer various services that will help you create a rock-solid IP foundation. Contact us today for information about our core data center, local cloud, integrated voice, advanced internet, and more.