How To Evaluate Ethernet Services

Shepardson, Heather
June 2005
Business Communications Review;Jun2005, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p46
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the evaluation of Ethernet services. The appeal of Ethernet is the simplicity and the potential cost savings relative to private line, frame relay and ATM. Having Ethernet in the LAN and the WAN can simplify network management and reduce the number of network elements. As a wide area network service, however, Ethernet is nothing like more traditional carrier offerings, which have had years to standardize, stabilize and homogenize across all service providers. According to Ann Mahoney, vice president of marketing for data and Internet at Time Warner Telecom, Ethernet lets enterprises run their business efficiently without constantly changing out their network equipment. Enterprises may have to invest in order to convert from a traditional service to Ethernet. It's a waste of time to engage with service providers and learn about their Ethernet technology, service level agreements and pricing unless one have first determined the availability and/or cost of fiber access.


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