Network solutions suppliers and technology journalists like to spend a lot of time talking about what’s next. So when a technology is already well established, we often move on to focus on the newer and more exciting things.
But businesses have real problems to solve and limited budgets. They want to innovate. But they also like proven solutions that address their needs today as well as into the future.
Ethernet services can do all of the above.
Proven, scalable, cost-effective, and forward-looking, Ethernet services have been in the market for many years. They are more affordable than alternatives like MPLS. Ethernet services work with new solutions like SD-WAN and can allow for business user self provisioning. And they come in a range of speeds, enabling businesses to grow as their needs expand.
And as we all know, their needs continue to expand in light of more connected applications and devices, analytics and automation, augmented and virtual reality, and more. Corporate headquarters may need 1GbE and beyond. And data centers may even require 100GbE or greater Ethernet services.
“Carrier Ethernet will continue to play an important role as a flexible, scalable extension of the LAN,” says Ciena’s John Hawkins. “The next few years should bring exciting developments as the speeds, standards, and services evolve alongside the needs of enterprises and service providers.”
The global enterprise Ethernet services market is expected to exceed $70 billion by 2020, representing 10.7 percent compound annual growth rate, according to Ovum.
In its 2017 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD, Vertical Systems Group ranks Orange Business Services of France, AT&T (News - Alert), Colt, CenturyLink, BT Global Services, Verizon, and NTT as the top players. It lists Cogent, Global Cloud Xchange of India, SingTel, T-Systems of Germany, Tata Communications (News - Alert) of India, Telefonica Worldwide out of Spain, and Vodafone in the Challenge Tier.
Edited by Maurice Nagle