Gartner Research

Multiservice Ethernet Access Enables Greater Flexibility for Enterprise WANs

Published: 08 September 2014

ID: G00269591

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard, Danellie Young

Summary

Multiservice Ethernet access is a WAN service offering that flexibly combines access to Ethernet, MPLS, Internet and SIP trunk services on a single Ethernet access line. Enterprise network architects and sourcing professionals should evaluate these services for greater flexibility and performance.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Ethernet has become the preferred access type, in developed economies, for most enterprise network services including MPLS, Internet access, Ethernet services and SIP trunks
  • Enterprises need a growing number of WAN services at major locations, leading to an explosion in the number of access lines required per site to support bursty and on-demand services
  • Providers are increasingly able to deliver multiple network services over the same Ethernet access line, which saves clients money and improves flexibility

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