Ethernet is a protocol, or technology, initially used in the 1990s for connecting devices in local area networks (LAN). Ethernet quickly overtook competing LAN technologies of the day to emerge as the standard transmission method for LAN applications.
In the 1990s, wide area networks (WAN) typically used time division multiplexing (TDM) transmission methods that supported data at the “T1” speed of 1.5 Mbps. However, explosive growth in the internet and bandwidth-intensive applications increased the need for much higher data transmission speeds.
Unfortunately, TDM—and later asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)—technologies are relatively complex. They simply do not scale well to higher transmission speeds. Ethernet, on the other hand, is a simpler technology that scales well to high transmission speeds.
In use since the 1990s, Ethernet is widely installed, serving as a standard for data formatting and transmission. Ethernet services, a packet-based technology, is how countless people and businesses connect to the internet.
Today, Ethernet can support WAN access speeds up to 100 Gbps for Internet Dedicated Ethernet (IDE), Private IP, E-Line, and E-LAN services. Given these strengths, it is not surprising that Ethernet has become a LAN/WAN standard used in countless applications around the globe.
Handling the demands of modern apps and the explosive growth in the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile technology requires a strong, secure network that unifies employees, apps, devices and customers. Ethernet services can help you optimize and simplify your network operations.
With technology powering every facet of your operations, your enterprise communications network is more important than ever. Ethernet services can provide a flexible architecture for the foundation that your communications, data analytics, IoT machinery and more need to effectively run your business.
But keep in mind—with or without Ethernet—if you’re not careful, you can end up with an architecture that is complicated and inefficient. This not only can prevent you from having the fast, flexible network you need to compete, but also can significantly impact your overall customer experience.
Your architecture approach has a direct impact on your ability to support customer-critical applications and provide support for business continuity. If you don’t have a network in place that can meet your needs for secure and reliable connectivity, all your other customer experience initiatives are at risk of grinding to a halt.