What is Metro Ethernet?

Posted by Morgan Hurley on 2/22/17 1:04 PM

Metro Ethernet, sometimes referred to as a point to point, carrier ethernet, or MAN, is a private data connection securely connecting two or more locations within a metropolitan area with fast possibly even gigabit data speeds. It usually consists of a collection of layer 2 or layer 3 switches or routers connected through optical fiber. This type of circuit functions as a closed network data transport service which does not release information to the public internet and is extremely secure with no data encryption necessary.

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Many multi location companies, campuses and businesses use metro Ethernet networking to provide reliable and secure Ethernet point to point data service for activities such as credit card processing, file sharing, data backup, Ethernet VoIP, and video conferencing. These metro Ethernet circuits can carry voice, video, Internet, and data services together over the same Ethernet connection.

 

Benefits of Metro Ethernet Networking: 

1. COST: Ethernet uses “off-the-shelf” equipment that costs less initially and scales better down the road. Upgrading your bandwidth using existing ethernet circuits removes CapEx spending initially on new equipment. Also allows for converged services, which integrates all communication system needs through a single platform. Ergo- it simplifies infrastructure and increases cost savings opportunities!

2. SCALABILITY: O Increasing bandwidth is a simple phone call once your company already has metro ethernet. Upon contacting your metro ethernet service provider all it takes is updating the existing contract in incremental enhancements to bandwidth. All while enjoying a pay per use model, which proves to be very cost-effective in the long run. As the business requires more connections and network coverage, the service provider will be able to offer the same--therefore providing you with endless scalability.

3. MANAGEMENT SIMPLICITY: When using metro ethernet services, you can depend on the ability to connect to multiple locations without complications. The service providers connects multiple branches of a business that are geographically disparate into one easy to manage network for you!

When looking for the best option in network consolidation or cost management, it is always a good idea to talk to a carrier specialist.  Let our relationships and years of experience make this transition as smooth as possible. 

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Topics: Networking Solutions, Ciena