Public Shared Data
DSL: A digital Subscriber line (DSL) delivers internet access utilizing existing copper telephone lines. Internet Service Providers enhanced dial up internet with DSL, giving customers a high speed link between the Service providers central office and the client’s site. Due to the accessibility of traditional phone line, DSL is widely available. Speeds may vary based on location since the link coming from the central office will determine the strength of the bandwidth. Typically speeds will decrease the further a site is from the service provider’s central office. Most DSL connections are a best effort service and provide zero Service level agreement. Fortunately telecom companies have invested in new technologies capable of delivering greater performance.
Frontier, AT&T, Verizon Telecom, Birch, Entelegent, Ntgerated
Cable: Internet service providers transformed the cable TV infrastructure to transmit not only TV but data signals as well. Offering higher internet speeds than DSL, cable delivers fast internet access via coaxial cables to an area of users.Most Cable connections are a best effort service and provide zero Service level agreement. While cable internet can provide a fast connection, bandwidth speeds are dependent on the number of users sharing the network in the area. In an effort to combat congestion on the internet, telecom carriers continue to deploy advanced broadband solutions to meet the demand.
Cox, Comcast, Brighthouse, Spectrum, Entelegent, Ntgerated
U-Verse: As an AT&T flagship product, U-Verse offers customers fast and reliable high speed internet. Using AT&T’s fiber optics technology, businesses large and small can take advantage of a “fiber to the node” (FTTN) link between AT&T and their organization. With FTTN, U-Verse delivers fiber internet to a dedicated access point leading into the customer’s business. As a result, business clients can expect a superior quality broadband connection with reliable uptime and scalability potential.
FiOS: A leader in 100% fiber optics solutions, FiOS has embraced the next generation of telecommunications. With the technology supporting Fiber optics, data travels at the speed of light. Frontier and Verizon have deployed an award winning internet solution capable of providing a blazing fast connection with symmetrical upload and download speeds few competitors can match. When companies look to power their organization FiOS can provide tremendous value.
Frontier, Verizon Telecom, Ntgerated
Asymmetrical Ethernet: A great alternative to customers who need high speed bandwidth, Asymetrical Ethernet provides businesses with an affordable option. Customers who demand higher download than upload speeds can benefit greatly with Ethernet connectivity. Many carriers are able to provide business grade performance along with equally reliable service level agreements to guarantee uptime.
Public Dedicated Data
T1: T1 lines carry up 24 channels for digital voice and data at a speed of 1.544 megabits per second. T1 lines have been a reliable source of dedicated bandwidth for businesses with light data traffic needs. For larger data transmission, Bonded T1 or aggregated T1 lines are an option to deliver higher speeds. While T1 lines are widely available, deliver consistent speeds and have SLA’s to guarantee uptime; T1 lines, especially bonded T1 lines tend to be a more expensive solution.
Birch, Frontier, Verizon, Cogent, Star2Star, Wilcon, Nitel, MegaPath, AT&T, ACC, TPX, GTT, Century Link, Net Wolves, Zayo, Massergy, Windstream, Ntgerated
Ethernet: An Ethernet connection provides businesses with symmetrical high speeds at a lower cost compared to traditional solutions like Bonded T1 lines. With service level agreements that deliver reliability and uptime guarantees, Ethernet connection can be a good option for organizations with high bandwidth demands wherever it’s available.
Birch, Frontier, Verizon, Cogent, Star2Star, Wilcon, Nitel, MegaPath, AT&T, ACC, TPX, GTT, Century Link, Net Wolves, Zayo, Massergy, Windstream, Cox, Comcast, Brighthouse, Spectrum, Ntgerated
Fixed Wireless: Fixed wireless offers high speed internet access based on microwave technology. Instead of cable wiring, service providers are able to deliver high speed data via radio signals to a client’s sites. Since service providers can deliver a reliable high speed connection from site to site over the air, there is minimal construction involved and usually a quick turnaround for installation. Despite fixed wireless being a newer generation of internet connectivity, the dedicated bandwidth and service reliability backed by SLAs make it an attractive option.
MHO Wireless, CA Internet, TowerStream, SkyRiver, Ntgerated
VPN: A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure link for remote access into an organization’s private network. VPN solutions securely extend the corporate network, or intranet, out to users; enabling them to access company resources from virtually anywhere. Several service providers offer variations of VPN services that can be easy implemented, managed and deploy safeguards. VPNs can integrate into a company’s broadband connection to provide end to end security between sites and end users. The convenience of a managed VPN allows companies to implement remote access without complex networking while delivering secure connections between sites and users.
Verizon, AT&T, Century Link, Various Online VPN companies
MPLS: Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) provides organizations with the ability to route data traffic across multiple locations within a single private network. By combining their business applications across multiple sites, organizations can prioritize data transfers, increase performance and improve security within their site-to-site private network. For applications such as voice and video, critical data is prioritized, resulting in improved Quality of Service (QoS). MPLS optimizes the path of data packets within the network to improve performance. Using multiple protocols, MPLS shapes and efficiently routes data traffic, enabling productivity across the entire organization’s broadband connection. As a private and centrally managed network, MPLS enhances security and reduces the need for complex network configuration by the customer.
Birch, Frontier, Verizon, MegaPath, AT&T, ACC, TPX, GTT, Century Link, Net Wolves, Ntegrated
SD-WAN: Software Defined – Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a WAN deployment designed to offer simplified configuration and management of the network infrastructure. By managing and monitoring data traffic, day to day business applications run at optimal levels. With the increase of cloud based services and bandwidth intensive applications, companies require efficient load balancing and data prioritization. SD-WAN can shape, on a more granular level, how traffic flows across multiple broadband connections. Policies can be set by a hosted software controller to mitigate how data travels across the internet. This alleviates IT resources from having to manually provision network traffic from site to site. Traffic can be allocated without the need for traditionally expensive hardware, reducing or even eliminating certain infrastructure investments. SD-WAN is a popular network design due to its impact on performance while reducing the cost of provisioning and maintaining legacy infrastructure.
Verizon, MegaPath, AT&T, ACC, TPX, GTT, Century Link, Massergy
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