July 1, 2010 Bandwidth, Ethernet For many businesses, having high bandwidth is no longer a want, it’s a requirement. The need to share vast amounts of information and communicate with other locations makes it so. But with so many network technology options out there, what service is right for your business? Many businesses have chosen Ethernet because it can provide high levels of bandwidth at relatively low costs. In fact, so many businesses rely on Ethernet that it’s currently the most widely-deployed Local Area Network (LAN) transport technology in the world. Connect Anywhere Traditionally, Ethernet could only be utilized within one company’s network. However, with the expansion of Ethernet into the carrier world, your locations across the state, across the country, or even across the world can connect through the Wide Area Network (WAN). This connection provides a transparent service that bridges LANs in separate locations together as if they were one network, thereby maximizing your LAN/WAN resources. Cost-Effectiveness Not only are Ethernet cables and equipment inexpensive, but well-defined industry standards make installation collectively simple and economical throughout the industry. Once your traffic is painlessly consolidated into one easily managed Ethernet network, maintenance and its associated costs decrease. It’s a low cost, no nonsense approach. Speed & Scalable Bandwidth Ethernet connections can support data transfer rates of up to 1000 Mbps, with IEEE 802.3 standard rates of 10BASE-T, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. However, choosing one bandwidth doesn’t lock you in; scalable bandwidth provides you with incremental bandwidth options. This way, you only purchase the bandwidth you need and it’s able to grow as your business grows. Finding the Right Type of Ethernet for Your Business Whether point-to-point or point-to-multipoint, Ethernet is a quality, cost-effective way to connect. However, between fiber optic, Ethernet over Copper and data transfer rates there are, as with any good solution, educated decisions to be made, and it’s important that you find the correct type of Ethernet for your business. That’s where we come in. The experts at ETA can take a look at your current network technology, your locations(s), and your business objectives to determine which Ethernet service is right for your business. Many of our partners, including Verizon, Paetec, VoxNet and others, have incredibly cost-effective, reliable Ethernet solutions. Our access to and in-depth knowledge of our over 20 carrier services partners allows us to work as your advocate and design a solution customized specifically for your needs. To learn more about Ethernet, please read this white paper on Ethernet Basics (Adobe PDF 197 KB). Or, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to answer any and all questions you have about Ethernet and other services that can help enhance your business. Downloads: Ethernet Basics (Adobe PDF 197 KB) Does your business have enough bandwidth? Ethernet can provide your business with high bandwidth at a cost that doesn’t break the bank. Read on to understand how. It’s important that you find the right network service for your business. Check out this white paper on the basics of Ethernet to understand if Ethernet can benefit you. Ethernet allows you to purchase only the bandwidth capacity you need, nothing more.