Understanding Business Ethernet Services
Empower Your Business To Meet 21st Century Demands
Learn how you can meet the demands of your business today:
- Provide business continuity with a scalable network
- Increase customer satisfaction with dependable communication
- Reduce costs and connect all your office locations
Business Ethernet services are one of the fastest growing WAN communications services because of their flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness to address a wide variety of current and emerging applications.
"The network is your business" has been a mantra for many years indicating how businesses rely more heavily on being networked between their facilities, data centers, suppliers, business partners and customers. Your network enables your business to:
- Improve productivity
- Provide business continuity
- Increase customer satisfaction
- Reduce costs
Selecting the optimal wide area networking service to meet your diverse needs has been challenging given the many choices. However, over the past several years, business Ethernet services have emerged as the optimal choice to best address many applications.
Since the initial business Ethernet services were launched in 2000, much has changed. Ethernet services have become more standardized, thanks to the work of the Metro Ethernet Forum. Ethernet services have also improved significantly from their switched Ethernet “best effort” origins. Today, business Ethernet services can provide service performance that rivals TDM private line services but with the improved flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness of Ethernet.
Ethernet services today can provide service performance that rivals TDM private lines
Over the years, Ethernet technology was augmented from its LAN origins to meet WAN requirements in the areas of bandwidth, virtual connectivity and service performance. This paper describes these WAN-related augmentations.
One of the most appealing aspects of Ethernet services is that it uses the same fundamental Ethernet LAN technologies familiar to IT personnel. Businesses can leverage this to have a common pool of resources to manage both their LANs and WANs.
With Ethernet services, businesses now have a common pool of resources to manage their LANs and WANs
This paper provides an overview of the different types of Ethernet services, the service components that differentiate them, their business and technical benefits, and important things to consider when selecting an Ethernet service.
Fundamental Service Components
All Ethernet services have three fundamental components required to order a service, namely:
- Ethernet Ports
- Ethernet Connectivity
- Ethernet Service Bandwidth
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