Business Ethernet Advantages
Whether it's called Carrier Ethernet, Metro-Ethernet, or Business Ethernet the premise is pretty much the same. Choosing Ethernet for the backbone to your network platform is a smart choice for most any organization. Ethernet is not a fad, but rather a proven cost effective and highly reliable transport medium for both LAN and WAN deployments.
Compared to other dedicated bandwidth solutions such as bonded T1 lines, DS3 bandwidth circuits, MPLS, and SONET (optical carrier designations such as OC3).... Ethernet by any name offers clear and distinct advantages. Just consider this.... the technology was developed by Xerox in the 1970's, while the term "Ethernet" taking it's Greek roots literally means "a network of everywhere."
Case in point.... Ethernet has become the most successful and widely deployed Local Area Network (LAN) transport technology in the world. While other technologies have become obsolete, Ethernet has more than 100 million clients deployed today, making it the interface of choice for most network-capable devices.
Carrying this further.... the last 30 years have seen significant development of Ethernet technology. However, the most significant development from a wide-area networking (WAN) perspective has been fiber optic transmission at 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps at transmission distances from 2 kilometers (km) up to 2000 km using long-haul dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) systems. This advancement helps allow Ethernet to uniquely support true multipoint communications..... effectively enabling Ethernet to live up to its root word meaning of "a network of everywhere".
Briefly, here are a few more advantages of Business Ethernet.....
Speed and Cost - These are Ethernet's most obvious advantages over other dedicated bandwidth options. For example, Ethernet services tend to not just rival DS3 pricing, but can be considerably less costly as well. You may well find yourself paying less for Ethernet service for point to point data connections or dedicated Internet service than you would going with traditional DS3. Plus, while DS3 caps out at around 45 Mbps, Ethernet speeds will get you up to 1000 Mbps. More if you get into the Gig-E protocols.
Upgradability - Although there are several other superfast network protocols, most must use Fiber optics and thus their price is much greater than that of Ethernet. However, since Ethernet is based upon more affordable technologies installing Ethernet should make any future upgrade to a faster network easier and less expensive in the future.
Simplicity of installation - Ethernet is much easier and less expensive to configure than other network protocols. It offers efficient ways to connect across Mac, PC, Linux, Unix workstations, IBM mainframe, and many other kinds of computer systems.
Connectivity to backbone - Ethernet has an advantage in connectivity to the network backbone because other LAN protocols lag behind in backbone innovations. For example, Ethernet can assimilate with several backbone connectivity choices such as Gigabit Ethernet, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), and routing switches.
Class Of Service - Another advantage of Ethernet as a transport is its support of class of service (CoS) that allows up to eight classes of service to be defined. This characteristic makes Ethernet as a WAN technology very attractive because the Ethernet WAN can be seen as an extension of the campus LAN.
The bottom line is that Ethernet technology is the most deployed technology for high-performance Network environments. With just the advantages cited.... and others not listed.... Ethernet would make obvious business sense for your organization. Choosing Business Ethernet would also put you amongst the many already benefiting from "a network of everywhere."
Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications.... and also authors Broadband Nation where you're always welcome to drop in and catch up on the latest BroadBand news, tips, insights, and ramblings for the masses.
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By Michael Lemm