Wednesday, August 22, 2007

More Thoughts On Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....

In the end, the goal (in my opinion & observation) is to use ethernet as a straightforward and common medium for access to the routed IP core. The services that are mapped onto the Ethernet link can (and will) be the existing corporate data services such as PPP/ML-PPP, some FR or ATM IMA, and much HDLC-framed traffic from the premise equipment which is dominantly Cisco premise routers. But instead of the T1s or NxT1s, an ethernet based offering allows more flexible provisioning of increased Bandwidth over time (without truck rolls, delays, etc) since the pipe is no longer in archaic denominations of a TDM or SONET "currency".

Some of the other real implementation considerations surround the mapping of QoS parameters from legacy to Ethernet...... and to the operational considerations such as OAM and provisioning.

While the benefits of using ethernet for access are clear, I think that the expectations are quite varied, as are the different customer needs and environments. At the same time, there is a lot of hype and confusion out there.

For more insights and heads up on an excellent resource to help navigate the confusing waters of business network decisions....with regards to Fast Ethernet and Gigabit this Broadband Nation post:

Comparing Ethernet Service Providers [Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet] ....And MUCH More

Again, if you're looking for ethernet service of any owe it to yourself to save time, effort, money, and headaches by using this free resource:

Ethernet Service

However, if ethernet just won't cover your network application needs....than take advantage of the free assistance for T1, DS3, OC3, OC12, and OC48 bandwidth solutions at: DS3 Bandwidth


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