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Carrier Ethernet is keeping ahead of business

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Carrier Ethernet is keeping ahead of business

Monday, July 20, 2015

Since 2005, when the MEF first defined Carrier Ethernet, it has become universally accepted as the technology of choice for linking business networks across metropolitan and wide area networks. Despite years of economic uncertainty Carrier Ethernet sales kept rising on the strength of its greater flexibility, capacity to scale and cost-effectiveness compared with legacy WAN and access technologies.

That flexibility – Ethernet’s ability to replace a number of leased lines with a single fat pipe delivering bandwidth and service that could be rapidly scaled on demand – meant that demand for extended Ethernet services began to outstrip delivery. It was taking too long, a matter of months, to line up all the business and technical parameters when connecting services across different networks and providers for global service delivery. And such was the user demand for the services eventually delivered down the Ethernet pipe that contention could increasingly degrade more critical services.

Meanwhile the MEF kept ahead of these challenges by continually evolving new standards and service definitions. This makes it very important to choose Carrier Ethernet services conforming to the most up to date MEF specifications. The latest being Carrier Ethernet 2.0 for which Vertel is currently compliant and in the process of becoming certified.

For example: leading Layer 2 Carrier Ethernet services can now guarantee performance levels for all data, voice and video applications. That means not just guaranteed bandwidth but limits to key parameters such as packet loss, latency and jitter can be specified for individual applications or traffic types. Whether you use E-Line (point to point) or E-LAN (multipoint) services, any number of virtual circuits (EVCs) can be now be established within the Ethernet pipe and given individual priorities – for example a dedicated high priority EVC for video conferencing – but you can also establish traffic priorities and classes of service within each EVC.

What’s more, the latest MEF E-Access standard has slashed the time needed to establish long distance EVCs across multiple vendors. Linking services between networks and providers that used to take months can now be established in days, so that sites can now be connected throughout metro, regional and global networks as fast as your business expands.

Carrier Ethernet has always offered media flexibility across copper, fibre and wireless. Combining a fibre core with the speed and flexibility of today’s microwave access means that previously remote business sites are effectively no longer remote. Even where no fibre is on the horizon, business can still enjoy the full benefits of carrier grade broadband connectivity as well as access to Cloud services and hosted IP applications.

In terms of future proofing: the latest Carrier Ethernet services with E-Access certification will easily integrate with NBN and other services as they come on line. The difference is that today’s leading Carrier Ethernet services are already here and they are designed to meet the demands of business – not just the consumer.

Level 2 Carrier Ethernet connection means that your remote sites are connected as if on a single LAN, without the cost of sophisticated routers. And, as a managed service, today’s Carrier Ethernet frees up IT resources and delivers better ROI.

Choose only the best MEF certified Carrier Ethernet services, and stay ahead.