Data and wide area network services connect disparate locations and satellite offices, facilitating easy, instantaneous communication and sharing of resources. While recommended technologies are always in flux, the following solutions have enjoyed continued popularity for their reliability, versatility, and affordability:
Broadband. Broadband Internet connections are available across numerous media, although wireless connections have become the standard in recent years.
Cable. Cable-based network connections are effective over much longer distances than wireless connections: single channels offer support for hundreds of individual modems.
Ethernet over copper. With larger bandwidth profiles and lower costs than T1s, Ethernet over copper connections are also more expandable–extending up to 30M–and require no additional equipment to increase bandwidth speeds.
EPL (Ethernet private line). For point-to-point Ethernet connections in the 10M to 50M range, EPL continues to be the most popular solution.
MPLS (Multi-protocol label switching). MPLS is a private virtual network that uses quality of service priority queues. These priority queues integrate voice and video capabilities with other critical applications over email, the Internet, and general data platforms.
Optical wavelength. This private, fully managed, point-to-point service uses a dense wave division multiplexing network to create fast, reliable network connections that facilitate high volumes of Internet traffic. Cost-effective and secure, optical wavelength networks can be configured on a local, regional, or national scale.
VPLS (virtual private local area network services). VPLS are scalable applications that facilitate the sharing of an Ethernet multi-point broadcast domain among users in scattered geographic locations. End users experience full access to all sites in the network through a single location.
Access Tech helps clients choose the right data services for their unique needs. In addition to providing expert guidance, Access Tech offers recommendations on networking hardware and other equipment to clients with specialized capability requirements.
If you have questions about these data services or if you would like to arrange an in-depth audit of your current networking services, please contact an Access Tech customer service representative at 503-479-7025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.