XO Communications has introduced a bandwidth-on-demand capability targeting large business customers that want a way to deal with spikes in bandwidth for special events like overnight storage or migration into a cloud environment.
A key focus of the new service capability is to target the business market's transition to a multi-cloud environment that could include a mix of public, private and hybrid cloud applications.
Customers that want XO's Bandwidth-on-Demand service will be required to commit to a "minimal" amount of bandwidth they could need on an average monthly basis. If network usage exceeds the committed level, XO's network will expand to provide the extra traffic and maintain pre-selected QoS subscription.
XO said that its product is different from competitors that only offer bandwidth-on-demand capabilities that are pre-scheduled through a portal, or burst at only a "best-effort" service level.
This service capability comes at a pivotal time in the cloud services market. According to a recent Forrester Consulting study, 75 percent of enterprises it surveyed said they are using or plan to use cloud-based services. Out of this group, 88 percent said that "cloud-based services will have an impact on the network."
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