LR Dives Into the Ether(net)
A tutorial on enterprise Ethernet services and the technologies that can be used by carriers to provide them has been published today by Light Reading (see Enterprise Ethernet Services ).
The report underpins Light Reading's ongoing project to create a global directory of Ethernet services, with the goal of helping enterprise users identify operators that can provide the type of service they want in the locations they want (see LR Creates Ethernet Services Directory). The directory, which already lists more than 150 service providers, is scheduled to go live in the next few weeks.
The goal of the report is to bring greater understanding to the rapidly evolving marketplace for enterprise Ethernet services, in two particular respects.
First, it defines different types of service, noting that they can be distinguished in different ways:
- Whether they’re point-to-point (like leased lines) or multipoint (like Frame Relay networks)
- Whether they’re based on transport networks (bandwidth dedicated to individual customers) or switched networks (bandwidth shared among customers)
- Whether they’re used to connect customer sites or used to provide an access pipe for other services offered by the carrier
- Ethernet Over Dark Fiber
- Ethernet Over WDM
- Ethernet Over Sonet/SDH
- Ethernet Over RPR
- Pure Ethernet
- Ethernet Over MPLS
— Chris Somerville, Senior Editor, NGS
Light Reading's Carrier-Class Ethernet in China roadshow will provide an invited audience of senior decision makers from service providers in China with a unique education in how to design and deploy profitable Ethernet services, employing original research written and presented by Heavy Reading analysts.
In Shanghai on Nov. 30 and Beijing on Dec. 2, those interested may register for it here.
Heavy Reading reports on related topics:
- Ethernet Services in China
- Carrier Ethernet Services: Who's Doing What
- 2004 Survey of Ethernet Service Providers
- 2004 Enterprise User Survey on Ethernet Services
- Ethernet Over IP/MPLS Service Delivery Platforms: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis