Perfect for businesses that want to combine the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across metropolitan area/wide area network (MAN/WAN) to deliver low cost, scalable, and secure bandwidth.
What is Metro Ethernet?
Metro Ethernet makes use of Carrier Ethernet technology in metropolitan area networks (MANs). Metro Ethernet is used to connect local area networks (LANs) and individual end users to a wide area network (WAN) or to the Internet. Organizations in large cities with multiple locations can use Metro Ethernet to connect branch campuses or satellite offices to an intranet. A typical Metro Ethernet consists of a star network or mesh network topology with individual routers or servers interconnected through cable or fiber optics.
Pure Ethernet technology in the MAN environment is relatively inexpensive compared with Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) or Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) systems of similar bandwidth. However, the latter technologies can be applied to Metro Ethernet in urban areas willing to devote the necessary resources to the task.
Why Would You Use a Metro Ethernet Network?
Metro Ethernet service offers flexibility while simultaneously decreasing costs, as compared to carrying an equivalent bandwidth on traditional synchronous optical network (SONET)-based networks. This allows you to upgrade and increase speeds quickly to meet your growing bandwidth needs. Metro Ethernet also provides local area network (LAN)-to-LAN connectivity between two or more customer locations within a metro area.
Benefits of Metro Ethernet
Cost Savings – Reduce your total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for specialized WAN support expertise; lower cost Metro Ethernet switches and routers, as well as consolidating server/facilities, also help reduce cost of WAN equipment.
Scalability: Increasing the bandwidth is as easy as contacting your service provider and amending your existing agreement. From the providers prospective, they are able to provision additional bandwidth quickly and typically nothing else is required on the user end.
Quality of Service (QoS): Ethernet can be configured to provide Class of Service (CoS) in order to segregate VoIP traffic from other network traffic, avoiding packet loss and latency which can cause noticeably poor quality voice and video connections.
Productivity: Enhance productivity by enabling virtual work groups across a metropolitan area (i.e., gain connectivity—both internally and externally—to those entities you regularly communicate with; for example, your suppliers)
Flexibility: Increase flexibility with scalable bandwidth increments allowing you to pay only for what you need when you need it.
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