With speeds up to 10 gbps, you know that Metro Ethernet service is fast. However, there's plenty you DON'T know about this technology, like:
With so many of the telecommunications options out there, you're forced to buy expensive hardware to get it up and running. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, all of that expensive equipment usually takes up a ton of space. Now you've got a huge hardware bill AND less office space!
Luckily, with Metro Ethernet service, your current router interface may be good enough. Or, if you need to add any equipment, it won't amount to much. Remember, this technology is designed to do more with less!
If you do a lot of video conferencing between satellite offices, the last thing you need is video that's jumpy or that cuts in and out. But with Metro Ethernet service, you can pick which applications get priority service out on your network. That way, you won't have to worry about your video stream getting bogged down by other, less important data!
Metro Ethernet service can meet any bandwidth requirements that you throw at it. And, if you ever need to add more, Metro Ethernet service is easy to scale up. Instead of jumping through a bunch of hoops, your provider can simply add more. That way, you don't have to worry about your technology trying to keep pace with an ever-growing business.
Metro Ethernet service works with both, so the final decision is up to you. But if you're not a tech-whiz, how do you know which option is better?
Layer 3 gives you more options -- like real-time video conferencing capabilities, more connection options (like wireless), and is perfect for networks that mostly handle IP traffic.
Layer 2, on the other hand, is great for businesses that run a lot of non-IP traffic. With it, you'll also get to manage your own routing.
Because it uses Ethernet connection instead of T-carrier technology (like T1 and T3 lines), Metro Ethernet service is cheaper than MPLS. However, those savings don't include a bunch of cut corners! Metro Ethernet service offers many of the same perks as MPLS -- like quality of service and connection to multiple locations -- just at a lower price.