Carrier Ethernet - the CIO perspective - Part I


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This is the first presentation out of 3 on Slideshare reviewing the enterprise needs, issues and considerations from WAN services from CIO point of view. This presentation series is for CIOs and the providers that offer such services. All you need to know about carrier Ethernet service levels and SLAs – what matters to the users and what a service provider should offer.
Part I – why chose carrier Ethernet WAN services
Part II – Service levels and SLA
Part III – Ethernet and IP VPNs – when to use each

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Carrier Ethernet - the CIO perspective - Part I

  1. 1. Carrier Ethernet – The CIO PerspectivePart I: Why Choose Carrier Ethernet WAN Services?<br />RAD Data CommunicationsJune 2011<br />
  2. 2. The CIO Perspective<br /><ul><li>Today, communications and knowledge management tools, such as mobility and collaboration, are critical for the enterprise’s success
  3. 3. Network connectivity and WAN services must therefore address a new set of challenges:
  4. 4. Budget constraints
  5. 5. Dynamic business environment
  6. 6. Satisfying user expectations
  7. 7. Enable remote users/locations</li></li></ul><li>Top Priorities for WAN Enterprise Services <br />Meet budget constraints by increasing IT operations’ efficiency and productivity, lowering operating expenses <br />Distance learning vs. costly on-site training<br />Lower price per Mbps<br />Help extend (budgetary) planning horizons to avoid expensive overhauls<br />Dynamic business environment <br />Efficiently handle site additions and bandwidth upgrades <br />Quick adaption for new applications<br />Fast reaction to organizational changes<br />
  8. 8. Top Priorities for WAN Enterprise Services (Cont’) <br />Satisfying user expectations<br />Ensure user QoE (quality of experience) for critical applications<br />Enable speedy fault resolution and performance accountability <br />Ensure service resiliency for BC/DR (e.g., for datacenter connectivity)<br />Get more bandwidth on-demand <br />Enable remote users/locations<br />Support distributed communications and Web-based applications for disparate locations, workforce on the move, etc., <br />Ensure system integrity and data security<br />
  9. 9. Carrier Ethernet Addresses WAN Enterprise Service Requirements… <br />Value – get more for less:<br /><ul><li>Higher throughput at much lower price per Mbps than Frame Relay and other legacy services
  10. 10. Scalable rates up to 10 Gbps with guaranteed throughput = Get as much bandwidth as you really need</li></ul>Simplicity & Reliability:<br /><ul><li>Mature, standardized technology (Metro Ethernet Forum, IEEE, ITU-T, IETF)
  11. 11. Familiar, ubiquitous LAN technology – no need for new training
  12. 12. Built-in resiliency features</li></ul>  Flexibility:<br /><ul><li>Provides flexible connectivity site-by-site; non-disruptive site addition
  13. 13. Easy to adjust when more bandwidth is required
  14. 14. Enables IP applications such as MPLS VPN and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) </li></li></ul><li>…Which is Why Carrier Ethernet Services are Booming<br />The fastest growing segment in the telecom industry today<br />Coverage spreading from the Metro to global reach<br />Need high speed connectivity wherever business is going<br />Growing popularity of distributed data centers and cloud services<br />
  15. 15. Carrier Ethernet Supports all Enterprise Services<br />VPN<br />Private Line<br />Dedicated Internet Access (DIA)<br />Remote Access<br />Cloud Connectivity<br />
  16. 16. A Word about Cloud Services Connectivity<br />High adoption rate of SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, etc: <br />Global spending on cloud computing will more than triple from $37.8 billion in 2010 to $121.1 billion in 2015 (source: Markets & Markets)<br />The “First Mile” is key to reaping the benefits of virtualization<br />Traffic volumes dictate packet-based high capacity Ethernet links in the access  <br />Need priority and performance guarantees end-to-end per application:<br />Traffic engineering and CoS/QoS management capabilities throughout the service path<br />Security considerations beyond servers:<br />Extending MPLS network to the access: has no built-in security or authentication mechanisms. Anyone with an MPLS-compatible access device can tap into the network and inject malicious packets into it<br />Carrier Ethernet, on the other hand, offers a wide variety of protection techniques, including exclusive addressing schemes, port protection attributes and dedicated authentication protocols<br />
  17. 17. In Conclusion<br />Carrier Ethernet is best equipped to meet current and future enterprise communications challenges <br />Cost, simplicity and flexibility benefits drive increasing Carrier Ethernet adoption rate<br />Most service providers are adding various Carrier Ethernet “flavors” to their WAN service offerings<br />Understanding available options can lead to significant cost reductions in WAN communications<br />Check out other installments in the series: <br />Part II: Service Levels and SLAs<br />Part III: Ethernet and IP VPNs, When to Use Which?<br />
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