Is your network ready for the AI revolution?
Ethernet cable or fiber optics…making the intelligent choice today to handle the artificial intelligence of tomorrow.
We already live in a world of Artificial Intelligence. You interact with it every time you talk to Siri or Alexa, or listen to Pandora. That great book Amazon recommended to you, you can thank AI for it. That terrible movie Netflix recommended to you, yep, that was AI, too. (Though, to be fair, your kid did watch “Kangaroo Jack” on your account, so you can’t fully blame it.) The role AI will play in our lives will only continue to grow in the coming years, and not just at home. Businesses—and their networks—will also feel the impact.
AI is transforming the healthcare, financial and other industry sectors with enterprise applications that rely on high-bandwidth Internet connections. As Artificial Intelligence grows globally in the coming years, cloud computing and fiber optic networks will be essential due to the volume of data, scale and the speed required to analyze the information. The network is the only thing that touches all elements of the cloud and that makes it the ideal transport for both cloud and machine learning adoption.
For companies that have previously invested in network upgrades, the prospect of upgrading again is painful, but necessary, if they want to take advantage of Artificial Intelligence solutions. By making the investment now, you will ensure your network has the bandwidth, speed and security required to support next-generation services.
Over long distances, the cost of installing fiber is competitive with Ethernet. However, there might be an ancillary hardware investment, because all machines on the network would need to have their network interface cards replaced with optical fiber-compatible cards.
Data Transfer Rates
Optical fiber has transmission speeds that can read up to 100 terabits per second. Since the fiber strands are thinner than Ethernet copper cabling, more wire can be bundled together with fiber than with Ethernet. This means more can be carried over the same size wire. Ethernet is getting faster though, with Category 6 (CAT6) cables that can support data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. In order to support AI services, you’ll want to upgrade to Ethernet CAT6 or at least CAT5.
Security and Susceptibility to Interference
Ethernet is an electrical signal sent over copper wire, which makes it vulnerable to electromagnetic interference. Optical fiber cables transfer data with light and are ideal for locations with high voltage, frequent lightning or explosive gases, because there is no electricity involved to create a spark and subsequent fire hazard. Because Ethernet transmits electrical impulses over copper cabling, it is more vulnerable to interception than fiber. The light transmitted over optical fiber can’t be read the same way as electrical impulses.
Ethernet and fiber networks each have advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to keep the needs of your business in mind when researching options and considering an upgrade. In addition to the differences between Ethernet and fiber, companies need to keep in mind the cost of devices needed to make the new network function, and the difference in the cost of the actual cable. If you define your upgrade needs but still aren’t sure whether Ethernet or fiber is the answer for you, then contact Wave Business at 1-855-971-1250 to discuss which option will maximize your company’s potential.