Ethernet: What is it? And do I need it?
Simply put, business Ethernet or carrier Ethernet is the most common type of connectivity used today, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity for businesses across the country. It comprises a fibre connection that runs from the network directly to your premise. Where previously Ethernet was only available in metro areas at a significant cost, today’s Ethernet services are relatively inexpensive and readily available across the UK.
There are several types of Ethernet connectivity services available to suit businesses’ needs. These are; Ethernet Point-to-Point (P2P), Ethernet Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) or Ethernet VPLS, with capacity ranging from 10Mbps to 10Gbps. P2P (or E-Line as it’s also known) offers a simple connection from point A to point B, with P2MP (or EVPL) enables connectivity from point A to multiple locations. Ethernet VPLS (or E-LAN) supports an any-to-any topology enabling a separate Ethernet Virtual Private Network (Ethernet VPN) for each customer.
Compared with fibre-based broadband services, Ethernet provides committed bandwidth and synchronous service meaning that businesses can rely on high performance and enjoy low-latency which is vital for business-critical applications. Ethernet is ideal for businesses for those with high-bandwidth requirements and those with multiple locations.
As businesses move to more flexible working with multiple sites and remote workers, Ethernet connectivity at headquarters and main sites, and Ethernet-based Public and Private Cloud Connectivity, will help to support those who want to take advantage of Cloud based tools and applications such as video conferencing, large data transfers and VoIP, especially as Ethernet is synchronous meaning businesses can rely on a consistent flow of data in both directions. Importantly, Ethernet connectivity can also easily be scaled up or down as required when the connection is in situ.
Not only that, with Ethernet connectivity comes Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and Ethernet connectivity provides some of the highest SLAs, ensuring always-on service. This means were you to suffer any downtime, you would have a dedicated engineer to ensure the problem was fixed as soon as possible.