Originally posted by: Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Marketing at Global Capacity
The Carrier Ethernet market is absolutely booming, with adoption soaring among both operators and enterprises. Research from Infonetics, for example, shows that telecom operators plan to spend $150 billion on Carrier Ethernet equipment between 2014 and 2018. Meanwhile, the competitive advantages of CE for business range from lower costs to easier implementation to more flexible bandwidth.
I got the chance to sit down with our very own Director of Product Engineering, Damon Mone, shortly after he returned from this year’s Big Telecom Event (BTE) where he took the stage for the workshop titled, “Carrier Ethernet in the Cloud Age.” Damon shared some of his top takeaways and key messages from the event with me.
“I enjoyed this workshop tremendously. The reason why I’m so excited about the topic of Carrier Ethernet is because there’s a huge demand for cloud-based enterprise services—data center, applications—but the access or connection to them is still frequently Internet-based, leading to challenges. Challenges that Carrier Ethernet can solve,” shared Damon.
“This workshop session served as a platform for myself and the attendees to discuss how are we, as an industry, better positioning Ethernet in order to eliminate the concerns of not only connecting to the cloud but supporting those types of cloud services with unique Ethernet service attributes?”
During his presentation Damon addressed topics including the evolving cloud ecosystem, today’s top cloud service delivery challenges (and how Carrier Ethernet can eliminate those challenges and better support cloud services in the future) and the benefits of Carrier Ethernet versus popular, Internet-based connectivity.
Top challenges of cloud service delivery, Damon said, include service delivery timeframe expectations, meeting service level expectations, and reducing the complexity of the interconnection in general. Additionally, larger enterprises can be hesitant to move their mission-critical applications to the cloud when delivered over the shred resources of the Internet for fear of security vulnerabilities, data governance, regulatory compliance and overall lackluster performance.
Carrier Ethernet absolves these concerns by providing complete end-to-end quality of service—designed for both business traffic traversing corporate networks as well as data being sent over supplier networks—as well as a more transparent connection to the cloud, both public and hybrid. And by providing ubiquitous network coverage across multiple transport technologies, Carrier Ethernet provides unparalleled bandwidth in terms of flexibility and the ability to add new services.
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