Gartner Research

Five Use Cases Exemplifying How to Select Ethernet WAN Services

Published: 19 December 2012

ID: G00235703

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Bjarne Munch


This research provides guidance to enterprise network managers on Ethernet service selection based on matching specific enterprise use cases with available services to ensure performance and value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Enterprises Looking for Ethernet WAN Services Should Start by Defining Specific Use Cases and Establishing Service Needs for Each Use Case
    • Off-site Backup: Low Latency, High Reliability, Connecting Many Sites to One or Two Data Centers
    • Data Center Interconnect: Very Low Latency, High Reliability, High Bandwidth, Connecting Few Sites
    • Content Transfer: High Bandwidth, Reliable, Connecting Few Sites
    • Financial Trading: Very Low Latency, Connectivity Limited to Few Sites
    • Branch Connectivity
  • Enterprises Should Chose Ethernet WAN Services Based on Matching Specific Use Cases to Providers' Service Attributes
    • Ethernet Private Line and Private Tree Services
    • Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Virtual Private Tree Services
    • Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service (EVP-LAN)

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