tw Telecom Launches Dynamic Capacity Product

LITTLETON, CO – Business communications provider tw telecom announced the nationwide availability of Dynamic Capacity, a service that enables enterprise customers to scale their E-Line Business Ethernet bandwidth and capacity immediately, without service interruption, through a simple interface. Dynamic Capacity is available in about 16,000 tw telecom fiber-connected buildings in 75 major metro markets across the country.

"Imagine Increasing Capacity in Seconds"
”Dynamic Capacity allows customers to immediately scale up their network capacity in response to business activity peaks and demands and then return to their original committed base rate as they choose, all without interrupting their network connections,” says John Blount, COO at tw telecom. “Imagine being able to increase network capacity in seconds. Dynamic Capacity customers don’t have to imagine; they do it. Our MyPortal feature also allows CIOs to see the cost impacts of
these changes so the company can budget more closely and allocate costs more efficiently for a marketing promotion or other high-bandwidth activity.”

”To support the rapid proliferation of networked business applications, IT professionals increasingly need better real-time visibility and control of their networks,” says analyst Erin Dunne, director of research services for Vertical Systems Group. “A significant challenge is how to efficiently manage network bandwidth capacity in response to new cloud apps or changes in existing applications. tw telecom addresses these needs with its Intelligent Network capabilities. Specifically, Dynamic Capacity is a unique capability that enables CIOs to look into their network metrics in real time and then allocate Ethernet bandwidth capacity on demand.”

With Dynamic Capacity, E-Line Business Ethernet customers can scale their bandwidth, doubling or tripling capacity, in a matter of seconds, without service interruption. Customers manually control bandwidth increases or can schedule a bandwidth increase to accommodate an event such as data
backup and retrieval. Through the Scheduling Assistant, customers set an increase in bandwidth for a specified amount of time while they are away from the office, and the capacity increase occurs automatically.

Applications Will Be Able to Request Bandwidth Directly
Future options will include application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow applications to signal the network to increase bandwidth.

The first phase of tw telecom’s Intelligent Network, Enhanced Management, gave managed service customers access to critical performance data of the Ethernet or IP VPN services in a granular view, segment by segment. Dynamic Capacity is the second phase of the Intelligent Network, giving E-Line Business Ethernet customers the ability to scale their bandwidth in real time. The third phase of the Intelligent Network, currently under development, will focus on providing managed service customers an applications-aware networking capability so applications are able to be prioritized in real time while applying network resources in a flexible way to meet business needs.

tw telecom connects more commercial buildings to its resilient, fiber network than any other competitive communications provider. Vertical Systems Group's U.S. Ethernet Leaderboard ranks tw telecom among the top three service providers in the country.

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