Coworkers gather in an office meeting room

Accelerate Your Business Objectives with Wavelength Services

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

What are Wavelength Services?

Wavelength Services are large bandwidth connections that deliver high-speed data communication and transmission. Key aspects of wavelength services include:

  • Dedicated Wavelengths or light paths within a fiber-optic network, operate at a specific frequency.
  • High Capacity: Often in the range of 10 Gbps (gigabits per second), 100 Gbps, or even 400 Gbps per wavelength, which is important for organizations with substantial data transfer needs.
  • Low Latency: Because it’s known for its low latency, wavelength services are crucial for applications that require real-time data transfer, such as financial trading, healthcare, or manufacturing.
  • Point-to-Point: It can be configured as point-to-point connections, where data is transmitted between two specific locations.
  • Security: These services are often considered more secure than traditional internet connections because they offer dedicated and predictable bandwidth, reducing the risk of network congestion or performance degradation due to shared resources.
  • Customization: Customers are able to choose the wavelength capacity and other parameters that best suit their specific requirements.

Wavelength services are commonly used for various applications, including data center interconnects, cloud computing, content delivery networks (CDNs), scientific research, high-performance computing (HPC), and the transportation of large volumes of data over long distances.

Wavelength Services: Benefits to Business

For large businesses—especially those bogged down by existing network issues— Wavelength refers to a dedicated high-capacity data transport to meet the demand for high-speed, low-latency, and reliable data transmission for various applications, including cloud computing, data center connectivity, and high-performance computing. 

Beyond the aforementioned features, wavelength services provide several key benefits to businesses, including:

  • High-Speed Data Transfer: Wavelength services offer high data transmission capacities, often ranging from 10 Gbps to 400 Gbps per wavelength, which is crucial for businesses that need to move large volumes of data quickly.
  • Reliability: Wavelength services offer dedicated and predictable bandwidth, reducing the risk of network congestion and performance degradation due to shared resources. Reliability is critical for businesses that require consistent network performance.
  • Scalability: Wavelength services are scalable, allowing businesses to increase bandwidth as needed. As a rule of thumb, wavelengths are good for consistent data requirements and generally tend to trend up. 
  • Customization: Customers can often customize their wavelength services to meet their specific needs, including choosing the wavelength capacity, the number of wavelengths, and the endpoints. This flexibility enables businesses to tailor their network solutions.
  • Data Center Interconnects: Wavelength services are commonly used for connecting data centers, enabling businesses to replicate and synchronize data between geographically dispersed data centers. This is crucial for disaster recovery, high availability, and load balancing.
  • Cloud Connectivity: Wavelength services facilitate direct connections to cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). This provides businesses with dedicated and high-capacity links to their cloud resources.
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC): Organizations involved in scientific research, simulations, or data-intensive tasks benefit from the high bandwidth and low latency of wavelength services, which are ideal for HPC clusters.
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): CDNs can use wavelength services to efficiently distribute content and reduce latency, improving the user experience for businesses that rely on content delivery.

For a wide range of businesses that require fast, reliable, and customizable data transport solutions, Wavelength Services are valuable as they empower organizations to meet their data connectivity needs while ensuring high performance, security, and scalability.

FiberLight’s Wavelength Services: Tiers, Speeds, and Offerings

The specific tiers and speeds offered via wavelength services can vary depending on the service provider and the technology they use. These range anywhere from 10Gbps, which is suitable for small to medium-sized businesses with moderate data transfer requirements to 400Gbps, the highest commercially available wavelength service speeds, which is typically used where and when massive data transfer capacity is essential, like backbone networks and major data hubs.

FiberLight’s low-latency wavelength services are designed to grow with a customer’s data needs. The choice of wavelength speed depends on factors like the volume of data to be transferred, the latency tolerance of the applications, and the budget of the organization.

When considering a wavelength service, it’s crucial for businesses to assess their specific needs and work with service providers to determine the most suitable speed tier and other customization options to optimize their network performance.

To learn more about the wavelength services offered by FiberLight please visit our Data Center Connectivity and Ethernet service pages.