By Rose Klimovich
According to Vertical Systems Group, some enterprise customers are now buying Ethernet connections at speeds of 1 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s and higher. This is an interesting trend. According to Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group, the financial industry was the first to adopt 10 Gb/s connectivity, but more recently 10 Gb/s service has also gained strength in the health care sector to support medical campus connectivity, and in media and entertainment, where streaming applications are becoming increasingly popular. These industries “are very actively trying to get the highest bandwidth available from their service providers," said Malone.
What is driving this growth in the enterprise segment? Here are a few examples:
Data center consolidation – putting all your servers and storage in a centralized location separate from the users, increases the bandwidth needed.High speed data center to data center connectivity for back-up and other uses. Ethernet access to other services like VPN and the Internet. Growth in applications like videoconferencing and medical imaging, which need higher bandwidth.
Variosu providers now carry a variety of services to help. As standards have solidified, some service providers have begun to make 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s connectivity available. This is a higher speed than needed for most enterprises who buy Ethernet Service at 1 Gb/s, Rick said.
One way to get cost-effective Ethernet Services is via an Ethernet Exchange like those offered by Telx and Neutral Tandem. An Ethernet Exchange brings together the sellers and buyers of Ethernet Services. So, you can come to the exchange and see who has the Ethernet Services you need.
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