Employees and customers of enterprises, educational institutions and healthcare organizations depend on those organizations for the voice, video and data services that make their work possible. Activities such as data center access, collaborative research, high resolution imaging and distance learning all depend on the availability of reliable broadband network connectivity that can support a range of data-intensive and latency-sensitive service and application types.
For businesses and institutions with geographically distributed campuses, the task of delivering these services and applications can be complex. The network traffic growth, security concerns and increasing operating costs IT organizations must contend with are amplified by the need to address those challenges while delivering service across campuses that may include literally hundreds of buildings.
While WLAN extension plays some role in this distribution scheme, such organizations also require high-speed, high availability backbones and infrastructure that simply can’t be delivered via the traditional leased line approach, as their high recurring costs and poor scalability make them unsuitable for data rates beyond about 20 Mbps.
And although fiber connections can easily meet any throughput requirement, the cost of establishing them can be prohibitive — if such a connection is even available. When a fiber connection is made, it is to a single campus structure and from that point service must be distributed more widely using other means.
The Exalt microwave radio portfolio, including ExtendAir®, features a variety of models ideal for interconnecting campus buildings at varying distances, capacities and traffic types. Exalt systems offer:
- 99.999% guaranteed user throughput in all bands, ensuring that microwave connections will never be a weak link in the network;
- Native Ethernet for LAN interconnectivity, as well as native T1/E1 for tandem PBX trunk lines, providing flexibility and cost advantages for extending data and voice applications;
- Systems with aggregate capacity ranging from 25 Mbps to 2 Gbps provide numerous alternatives for meeting site-specific and application-specific throughput requirements;
- A complete set of Ethernet features such as built-in Layer 2 switching, VLAN and QoS, enabling easy integration into existing data networking architectures;
- CarrierTDD technology, enabling 2.4 and 5 GHz radios to deliver the low, constant latency needed for video transmission and TDM voice;
- An asymmetric throughput capability of up to 80:20 that maximizes bandwidth efficiency for highly unidirectional applications such as data backup;
- ExaltSync™ technology allows collocation of multiple 2.4 and 5 GHz radios at the same site using the same channel, minimizing location constraints and simplifying system design;
- AES encryption secures sensitive traffic with the highest encryption capability available, minimizing the likelihood of data breaches.