What to look for in an Ethernet service

Ethernet can be the ideal connectivity solution for modern enterprises who need high-capacity, low latency connectivity. But how exactly does it work – and what should you be looking for in an Ethernet service?

How does Ethernet work?

An Ethernet network can contain many different devices, which all need to send data via the network carrier. Ethernet works by breaking data into frames, which are then transmitted via a collision detection protocol (CDP), ensuring the data is transmitted without colliding into other data frames. Should two or more devices attempt to transmit data simultaneously, this data gets discarded, and new transmissions will be sent at fractional intervals.

This process can transmit data reliably and without interruption at high speeds, which is what makes Ethernet such a great option for businesses.

What Ethernet service is right for you?

What you’re looking for in an Ethernet service depends on your business’ priorities. There are a number of Ethernet options available, each with their own benefits and disadvantages, depending on what you want it to achieve. SSE Enterprise Telecoms offers a range of services, with the ability to satisfy bandwidth requirements from 10Mbps to 10Gbps. The right Ethernet service choice will depend on a variety of factors – including security concerns, speed requirements, or even physical constraints.

Here are some of the ways Ethernet can be delivered:

  • Ethernet can be delivered over a Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint network topology, which offers the simplicity of a private connection when delivered using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), one of the most scalable solutions for telecommunications, providing further flexibility of network design.
  • Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), meanwhile, provides a separate Ethernet Virtual Private Network (VPN) for each customer, securely connecting multiple sites under a single bridged domain.
  • Alternatively, Ethernet Network to Network Interface (NNI) can provide a single point of access to SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ Ethernet footprint – suitable if you’re a larger enterprise, in need of multiple connections back to the same point.

Ultimately, the right service depends on your circumstances – so you can speak with one of our technical pre-sales advisors if you have further questions.

What Ethernet can offer your business

The exact nature of the Ethernet service you need rests on your business’ requirements – but the benefits are common to all. Business Ethernet can be used to simplify network infrastructure, making your network easier to plan, deploy, and manage at scale. With IT departments constantly busy finding new, bandwidth hungry applications to support business performance, a simpler and easy-to-manage network can free up valuable time.

Ethernet can also support these data intensive activities, whether that’s moving applications to the cloud, supporting remote workers over VPNs, or running platforms like video conferencing. It can meet this demand by providing a high availability, low latency core network, with flexible capacity up to 10Gbps.

Better yet, it can do it in a resilient way. For enterprises – most of which rely on the connectivity to support critical business infrastructure – reliability is a must. An Ethernet network can support this requirement, as Ethernet networks are resilient by design allowing intelligent networking and access to multiple points of presence to ensure you’re always online.

Ethernet for today, tomorrow, and the networks of the future

Historically, Ethernet has been the most dominant architecture used for Local Area Network (LAN) setups, connecting devices in a small area. Now, Ethernet is also used in Wide Area Networks (WANs), supporting the needs of large businesses with multiple locations. Whereas the cost and availability of Ethernet networks was previously considered prohibitive, the infrastructure to support this is now developed enough to for this to be a viable option.

And increasingly, Ethernet is being used to deliver the networks of the future – such as hybrid networks and software-defined WANs (SD-WANs), in which networks can be managed, controlled and optimised in the cloud, diminishing the need for proprietary hardware and creating a more flexible solution. Meaning it isn’t just a solution for enterprises requiring a resilient connection today – an Ethernet connection can be used with the network architecture of tomorrow, ensuring your business has the support it needs to thrive.

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