FiberLight Selected by Whatbox to Provision Dark Fiber for...

FiberLight Selected by Whatbox to Provision Dark Fiber for Virtually Unlimited Capacity and Redundant Data Center Connectivity

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Thursday, September 03, 2020

ATLANTA – FiberLight, LLC, a fiber infrastructure provider with more than 20 years of construction experience building and operating mission-critical, high-bandwidth networks, announces that it has been selected by Whatbox Inc, a company specializing in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for high-speed network applications and global content distribution, to provision high-capacity and redundant fiber for inter-data center networking. Driven by customers’ growing demand for capacity and content sharing, this enhanced dark fiber capability from FiberLight ensures Whatbox can leverage ample capacity on a short timeline with built in redundancy between data centers.

As a result of accelerated data demands due to COVID-19, Whatbox was experiencing a dramatic increase in usage from individuals and teams utilizing the internet to share media and content virtually. To ensure the company could meet these requirements and have room to expand further into the future, FiberLight quickly supplemented the company’s existing 100Gbps lit wavelength network by provisioning redundant dark fiber connectivity between their data centers in Northern Virginia, enabling Whatbox to light their own 400Gbps waves as needed. This dark fiber provides near limitless scalability and increased control, empowering Whatbox to grow more cost effectively than with lit circuit leasing options. The expedited dark fiber deployment was in place and turned up in the span of just two weeks.

“After doing thorough research into the providers and solutions on the market, we knew FiberLight was the provider that would deliver the flexibility, quick turn-up times and cost efficiency we needed to meet requirements now with the ability to scale quickly into the future,” comments Anthony Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Whatbox. “As we look into possibly moving data centers, FiberLight went the extra mile to offer a flexible solution that allows us to relocate fiber over time as we continue to evolve to best serve our customers.”

FiberLight’s dark fiber enables businesses to avert the need to contact network service providers or vendors every time service needs to be adjusted according to market demand, saving both time and money. Dark fiber’s bandwidth is only limited by the equipment placed on it, so businesses can leverage virtually limitless capacity for ongoing growth.

“Having necessary infrastructure to meet exploding demands during a time of businesses working from home and individuals operating in a largely virtual environment is paramount for remaining competitive,” comments Marc Dyman, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for FiberLight. “We look forward to serving as a partner to the future growth of Whatbox. Data demand between data centers is continuing on its upswing, and we’re proud to be able to support our customers with highly cost-effective and highly flexible solutions. In turn, this enables our customers to capitalize on high-demand areas, in this case being Ashburn and Data Center Alley—one of the top data center markets in North America and a destination whose fiber reportedly handles 70 percent of the globe’s traffic.”

FiberLight delivers 20 years of dedicated expertise designing, building, maintaining and operating large-scale, custom, high-capacity fiber infrastructure in some of the country’s most rapidly growing areas. The company’s dark fiber solutions deliver complete operational control, security and scalability, improving business operations and provisioning peace of mind for network and data center providers, large enterprises across the U.S. and up-the-stack partners looking to evolve their networking capabilities.

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