Wide Area Network Services - Wide Area Networking

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Wide Area Networks (WAN) can be designed using different topologies:

P2P

  • Connecting two points with a direct connection – over T1s, DS3s, fiber
  • Variety of products and solutions exist, with some of the more interesting ones residing in the fiber world.

MPLS

  • Most common technology for connecting multiple sites today because of ease of management, full mesh designs and ability to provide QoS seamlessly
  • Is offered in both Layer 2 and Layer 3 flavors and over various transports – T1, Ethernet, and fiber
  • There is some terminology confusion, as some carriers brand their MPLS solutions under a name that doesn’t specify MPLS (like IPVPN) but the functionality can be the same as MPLS
  • An important consideration with MPLS is deciding how each site will connect to the Internet – through a central location or directly. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods and each carrier has unique capabilities and limitations.
  • Part of the great power of MPLS comes from the fact that, in contrast to conventional IP routing, routing analysis can be based on more than just the destination address carried in the IP header. At all the subsequent nodes within the network the MPLS label, and not the IP header, is used to make the forwarding decision for the packet. This reduces overhead and provides for an any-to-any, secure, reliable method of transport


Ethernet

  • Enables you to extend your LAN beyond the walls of your office
  • Metro Optical Ethernet (MOE) is the most prominent solution
  • Layer 2 transport that allows customer to connect multiple sites via 10/100/1000 Mbps Local Area Network
  • Connectivity between locations is accomplished by provisioning a customer’s Ethernet virtual connections (EVC’s) through carrier’s network, SONET where applicable and fiber optic or copper transport facilities
  • Availability of Ethernet services is limited, which makes it a challenge to find a provider who can offer coverage at all sites. Contact us to find you an optimal coverage carrier

Frame Relay and ATM

  • Carriers are making a strong push to have customers migrate away from this technology into newer WAN solutions. However, if your sites are local and you are not using your network for voice, there might be some good arguments in favor of frame. Call us to review the reasons why frame might be a good network to keep


Internet Based VPN’s

  • For the right applications, Internet VPN’s are a viable WAN connectivity method. Usually this includes smaller sites with basic data needs. Carrier flexibility and price are advantages while there are limitations when it comes to more advanced applications like VoIP and video. We will work with you to analyze whether or not VPN’s make sense in your environment

How IQ Wired Can Help:

  • Help you select the right technology based on your needs and on what’s available in your building
  • Once technology selection is made, provide you with quotes on multiple carriers that are laid out in an easy-to-compare side-by-side format. Carriers know that we present multiple solutions so we have additional leverage to ask for best pricing and promos
  • Because we install 100s of new connections per month for our customers, we can give you insight on what to expect post-sale
  • Allow you to feel that you’ve fully shopped all options without needing to meet with multiple sales reps
  • This service doesn’t cost you anything because carriers pay us (like they pay their direct sales force)
  • There are many advantages to buying services through an agent. Find out more if you haven’t worked with one before

To learn more or start improving options and productivity, contact us or request a meeting today!