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Metro Ethernet – some basic aspects

One of the technologies that is based on Ethernet standards is Metro Ethernet. Also known as Metropolitan area Ethernet, it is characterized by:

  • Helping subscribers connect to the Internet
  • Being a viable technology that even business owners can use
  • Many Ethernet service providers are also offering Metro Ethernet
  • Its growth beyond a Metropolitan area and
  • cost effectiveness among other advantages.

Why is it popular?

Among the many advantages offered by Metro Ethernet connectivity, there’s also the fact that it is extremely easy to use. Considering that it is governed by the Metro Ethernet Forum or MEF, there are some pretty technical and standardized services that come under the banner of Metro Ethernet. It can also go a long way in proving to be a very cost-effective solution for business organizations.  

Metro Ethernet networks

According to the MEF, Metro Ethernet networks can differ according to CoS or classes of service. The identification for such CoS are aspects such as physical ports, IP TOS and CE-VLAN. There are some well established names in this space and that is one reason why Metro Ethernet connectivity has become rather common today.  

Business benefits

Some of the business benefits offered by Metro Ethernet connectivity are:

  • support for business critical operations
  • seamless integration of multiple business applications
  • scalability
  • Security of bandwidth
  • cost effectiveness
  • plenty of flexibility in terms of data transmission speeds and
  • options when it comes to bandwidth.

Features of Metro Ethernet

Depending on the service provider that you choose, you can enjoy a vast range of service features that can encompass:

  • scalable bandwidth that begins from 3 megabits per second and goes up to 1 gigabit per second
  • 99.9% availability with robust service level agreement or SLA and QoS or quality of service features
  • reduction in total cost of IT landscape and
  • point to point service configurations.

Where does it get deployed?

Typically, a Metro Ethernet landscape gets deployed when a business organization wants to support work groups that are spread across some specific metropolitan area. Of course, with increasing technological sophistication, Metro Ethernet is also getting deployed in larger areas. But conventionally, a business organization or owner can use this solution to support a business ecosystem within a Metro. The fact that it can be easily scaled up, when required, also makes it a viable solution to work in support of virtual work groups of any business organization.  

Other aspects

One of the Sterling features of a Metro Ethernet solution is the fact that it is not a router-based technology. The above mentioned feature of point-to-point service configuration is possible because the Ethernet creates these multipoint paths by using switches rather than conventional Routers. And when such switch-based architecture is deployed, Metro Ethernet networks prove to be useful where business organizations seek really low latency.  

Thus, with Metro Ethernet services, a business organization can indeed enjoy plenty of benefits that will go a long way in helping it meet all its requirements of support for business critical operations. Whether it is the underlying architecture or cost effectiveness, Metro Ethernet indeed seems to have plenty of solutions for today’s business requirements.

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