Why Migrate to Ethernet Internet?
One of the primary buying triggers for Ethernet Internet is access connectivity to MPLS VPNs. Vertical Systems Group said Ethernet Internet access connects 36 percent of MPLS VPN sites in the United States. “Ethernet internet access to IP/MPLS VPN services are gaining momentum as business customers migrate to higher bandwidth connectivity solutions,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. Ethernet over copper, in particular, is seen as an attractive option for delivering dedicated Internet access, VoIP and MPLS-based WAN.
Reasons to Consider Ethernet Internet
If your business is moving to the cloud then you need to consider Ethernet Internet as a real solution. If you have just enough capacity in place to handle the current load and then add more employees or more cloud applications, it can be a major effort to reconfigure the network to add bandwidth using TDM technologies when network size is a step function from DS1 (1.5MBps) to DS3 (45MBps) to OC3 (155MBps).
It can be easier and cheaper to get high-speed Ethernet Internet connectivity and throttle the bandwidth so that you don’t have to make forklift upgrades. Ethernet’s ability to scale up or down with demand is an ideal match to cloud services, which by definition are “elastic” in nature and it’s more cost-effective.
Factors when considering Ethernet Internet
While there have been great strides in penetration, Ethernet Internet is still not ubiquitous. This is due largely to the fact that not every building is serviced by fiber. The majority of SMB locations do not have accessibility to direct fiber, whereas most enterprise locations are fiber-ready now. Use of the copper plant to deliver Ethernet can overcome lack of fiber, but Ethernet over Copper is subject to distance sensitivity; a customer typically must be within 12,000 feet, or about two miles of a central office to take advantage of the service.
Planning your Ethernet Internet installation
Due to demand, Ethernet Internet installations may take 120 days or longer. Planning may avoid carrier’s needing to go off-net and use an other carriers fiber or access facilities. Additionally, customers may need to upgrade their own equipment to accommodate Ethernet, which may add to installation times.
Avoid hidden costs of Ethernet Internet
While Ethernet may be available to the building, it often is not inside the building and in the case of a high-rise, to the tenant’s floor. Often the cost of this wiring is expected to be borne by the customer not the carrier. It is important to understand all costs associated when migrating to Ethernet Internet.