Cablevision's 101M-bps Broadband a Boon to Hosted Services

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Cablevision, a large cable TV, VOIP and broadband provider, is rolling out a broadband service that supports 101M-bps download speeds for just $99 per month.

One of the biggest barriers to adopting hosted services has been bandwidth. Most businesses have had to pay through the nose to get the bandwidth needed to effectively use a hosted service, while others have found that the speeds needed are out of financial reach.

Cablevision, in a roundabout way, is solving that problem for their customers. The company is launching high-speed broadband services at an affordable price that match fast-Ethernet speeds, perhaps making the WAN perform as fast as the LAN. Cablevision’s initial plan calls for the DOCSIS 3.0-based service to be introduced to consumers in New York. The company has not indicated if the service will be available for business users, but that option is sure to follow.

Fast Ethernet-like broadband speeds are sure to have an impact on hosted services, such as storage, backup and applications. At 101M bps, hosted NAS becomes possible and backups can be performed in a fraction of the time. Local solution providers that plug into the same broadband backbone should be able to offer high-end services to their customers, from data mirroring to hosting applications or even becoming a hot site for data. The faster speeds are also bound to improve the experience of users relying on remote desktop solutions or even hosted virtual PCs.

The only catch right now is that the 101M-bps speeds are limited to downloads, and upload speeds will be limited to 15M bps. Even so, 15M bps is still a decent amount of bandwidth for most applications, especially when one considers that most services and applications use the most bandwidth when delivering information to a user.

Hopefully, Cablevision’s move will open up the market to more high-speed, low-cost services. The company has thrown down the gauntlet, and it will only be a matter of time before the likes of Verizon, Time Warner and Comcast respond.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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