Friday, September 07, 2007

Why Do Businesses Prefer T1 And DS3 Bandwidth For Their Network Architecture?

The answer that I have seen over and over is quite simple. T1, DS3, OC3, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and their bretheren are guaranteed bandwidth. Whereas DSL and Cable solutions are best effort services.

In an enterprise situation you need capacity planning capability. You just can't get that when the answer to "how much bandwidth do I have?" is "that depends", it depends on what other users on your node are doing, and how many of them there are doing it. If you are deploying VoIP or hosting streaming media your bandwidth has to be there when you need it. No questions, no hassles, no problems.

Secondarily is mean time to restore. Again there is guaranteed MTR and there is best effort. Admittedly, DSL services have achieved amazing levels of reliability, but like the old saying goes, no one ever got fired for buying IBM. Or in this case .... business class bandwidth.

The simple message is that there are two service factors that keep people with T1’s and DS3’s. The service guarantee and support.

DSL, Cable etc. doesn’t give you the promise that it will be up X% of the time ..... and deliver a set bandwidth at all times. When your service falls off someone proactively looks into what is going on .... vs. you having to call tech support. If the T1/DS3 user does call into the provider .... they expect very fast response and a very skilled person to be on the other end of the line.

A lot of people simply don’t need this service. But if you’ve got a business that uses the internet in any way.....cost of being offline may be high enough that you want the reliability and service that a T1 or DS3 provides. Imagine a law office that is trying to electronically file documents with the court right before a deadline. They want a T1 line that they KNOW is going to be there. Or a sales office that is in an electronic auction for a multi million dollar contract with a major company. You get the idea.

Bottom line .... every business needs absolute confidence that what they need .... to support whatever they are doing .... is going to be there when they need it. Every time.

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