Optical Networks

IBM can deliver comprehensive solutions for high-speed, high-availability networking to improve performance, optimise IT investments and enhance customer service.

Supporting new e-business initiatives in today's demanding economy requires a highly available and reliable network infrastructure. For companies to stay competitive, their network environments must support a wide variety of new technologies and services - such as web-enabled call centres, unified messaging and webcasts - that typically require increased bandwidth.



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Day-to-day business pressures require cost controls, increased efficiencies and improved customer service. Yet many organisations do not have the resources or network infrastructures to meet these challenges.

Enterprise Optical Networks (DWDM) from IBM deliver comprehensive solutions for high-speed, high-availability networking to improve performance, optimise IT investments and enhance customer service. Our team can help you streamline your voice, video and data networks with advanced fibre optic technologies through a variety of assessment, strategy, architecture, design, procurement and deployment services. We evaluate your systems and make recommendations that are fully integrated with your business objectives, helping you expand capacity as your business grows, so you can realise the below business benefits.

1. Increased business continuity

Applications such as e-commerce, enterprise resource management, customer relationship management, and data warehousing have become critical to business success. Company employees and their customers now demand uninterrupted access to corporate systems and data.

System unavailability can have a tremendous impact on a corporation. Retail sales organisations can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour when customers can't place orders. For brokerage firms and other financial institutions, the hourly cost of system downtime can be millions of dollars per hour. In today's competitive environment, system outages can be devastating to a business. To minimise the impact of planned and unplanned outages, many companies are now implementing system and storage redundancy with business continuity and recovery capabilities.

2. Enhanced availability and reduced network complexity

Using Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) to aggregate disparate technologies on a single optical network enables you to reduce network complexity, simplify network management, minimise equipment and connectivity expenses, and trim staffing inefficiencies. To streamline your environment, our optical networking services support a full range of protocols-including Internet Protocol (IP), Gigabit Ethernet, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), synchronous optical network (SONET), Enterprise Systems Connection Architecture® (ESCON®), Fibre CONnection (FICON and Fibre Channel-enabling you to run almost any application over your optical network.

3. Scalable infrastructures that supports worldwide communications

Using optical technologies, these next-generation networks can support data transmissions at the speed of light to virtually any location worldwide. We can help you deploy a networking system that is highly scalable and takes full advantage of optical technologies for new e-business applications, business communications and the growing array of network-based business services.

4. Reduced IT costs

In today's highly competitive economic environment, network managers are under pressure to reduce IT costs. Our DWDM-based solutions can help your enterprise accomplish this goal. By providing connections for multiple protocols over cost-effective fibre optic cables, we build flexibility into the strategy and design of private networks. These solutions also facilitate Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex storage area networks and other resource-sharing capabilities over extended distances to increase availability and the logical consolidation of assets.

5. Enhanced customer service

Today's demands for higher bandwidth necessitate the increased transmission capacities of fibre optic cable. We can integrate fibre optic technology into your data centre to provide new levels of highly scalable bandwidth and distance connectivity, thereby improving customer service levels.

Using proven optical networking services to enhance your enterprise network we work with you to implement advanced, cost-effective DWDM solutions for greater efficiency and higher levels of customer satisfaction, enabling you to be more responsive in the marketplace. Using our proprietary network consulting methodology and intellectual capital, our professionals work with you to evaluate, design, deploy and maintain a fibre optic network to meet your e-business objectives. The people of IBM Global Services offer a unique combination of experienced network consulting, design, implementation and operational services to enhance your e-business systems, reduce networking costs and increase competitive advantage.

IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex

IBM GDPS can ensure application availability in mission-critical environments such as the banking, securities, and insurance industries. GDPS manages peer-to-peer and extended remote copy of storage subsystems, automates Parallel Sysplex® operational tasks, and performs server and storage subsystem failure recovery. GDPS supports synchronous and asynchronous remote copy for disk mirroring between the primary and the secondary or recovery site. Ensuring data consistency between sites means that applications can be restarted in the secondary location without going through a lengthy data recovery process. The outage time for critical workloads can be reduced from hours to minutes.

Achieving this high level of business continuity and recovery requires the redundant interconnection of server and storage subsystems, with synchronisation between the primary and secondary sites utilising the Coupling Facility and Sysplex Timers®.

Storage Area Networking (SAN)

Leading the Way for the Next Generation of Storage Networking The unprecedented growth of business data has created a significant increase in the amount of information that an enterprise has to manage. And with applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), e-business, and data warehousing come additional dedicated servers and databases, which compound data management cost and complexity. By combining storage networking with a high-performance IP+Optical network, users can easily access data anywhere in the network.

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