Internet Evolving Into A Vertebrate
Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Artera Group Team announced they are joining forces to create a network of strategically placed data centers to boost Internet access speed 3 to 5 times its current capacity while reducing bandwidth requirements by more than 70 percent.
Called the Artera Worldwide Optimized Backbone, Fujitsu Siemens will be supplying the server hardware for the ambitious project.
"The implementation of the Artera Worldwide Optimized Backbone enables us to effectively deliver optimizations to any region throughout the world," said Michael J. Parrella, CEO, Artera Group, Inc.
"Each Artera Data Center is able to recognize the others and optimization choices are made based on user location, data location and best routing paths. We believe the deployment of this backbone to be a true breakthrough in data delivery."
According to Fujitsu Siemens, the Artera technology, known as Artera Turbo ™, was independently tested to measure the improvement on data transfer rates. Tests revealed that for the slowest ISP connections, the increase in perceived data rate was up to 5.5 times faster. For faster connections, the rate was 3 times faster.
For example, to a person jacked in at 56K with a dial-up modem, it would appear that they are receiving data at 250kps. Additionally, the data volume flowing over the connection is reduced by around 80 percent.
Parrella emphasized the need for speed as the Internet grows to provide meatier content like video and audio feeds, and claimed that his company would "change the delivery of information to third world countries."
The Worldwide Optimized Backbone is set up to handle VOIP and IPTV, and claims to be able to optimize all types of "Last Mile" access including dial-up, T1, E1, DSL, ISDN, frame relay, Satellite, CDMA, GPRS, UMTS, WiFi, and WiMax.
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