The role of Carrier Ethernet in business applications

Enterprise disaster recovery, data replication and video based applications, will continue to push the bandwidth requirements in the WAN. In addition, the growth of mobile and telecommuting applications, cloud based services and changing organization structures within enterprises will drive the consolidation of services and data centers, thus requiring high speed WAN connectivity between remote sites and headquarter sites.

This white paper describes several connectivity scenarios in which MEF-compliant Carrier Ethernet services may be implemented. CE-Services support the WAN connectivity requirements of small and medium businesses (SMBs), as well as medium and large enterprises.

CE-services are complementary to existing IP-VPN services and therefore allow an enterprise to implement CE-services to meet the increased bandwidth and performance requirements while retaining existing IP-VPN connectivity.

Carrier Ethernet provides a wide variety of low cost access options with business class attributes. Carrier Ethernet supports higher bandwidth and low latency, particularly where demand for high performance mission critical applications is accompanied by the need to closely control and manage performance.

In summary, businesses of all sizes can benefit from the higher bandwidth and high performance attributes of CE-services to support their current and evolving WAN connectivity requirements.

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