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Layer 2 Communications: Next Generation WAN

Think Bigger. Think Better


April 19, 2009

Why Ethernet Services?


Deployment, Application and Strategic Impacts
How to Migrate to Ethernet Services
Summary & Conclusions

Why Ethernet Services?


Most Cost-effective Support of Todays Applications
Business Demands Exceeding Capabilities of Legacy Infrastructures

Triple Play Convergence (VoIP, Video and Data)


Virtualization and Consolidation
Collaboration Requires Any-to-any Connectivity
Storage Area Networks and Backup and Recovery
Carriers Planning End of Life of Frame/ATM Networks

Desire to Leverage IP Efficiencies, Reduce Costs


Ethernet Compares Favorably to Layer 3 Alternatives

Ethernet offers all of the capabilities and performance benefits of


Layer 3, but at a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Why Ethernet Services?


Ethernet is a Better Alternative than IP VPNs
IP VPNs
Low Cost, Ubiquitous Coverage, Best Effort, Point-to-point and hub and spoke
Layer 3 MPLS VPNs
Fully Meshed Connectivity with CoS/QoS; Costly transition, Complex
Operation
Layer 2 Ethernet VPN
Simple Fully Meshed Connectivity with CoS/QoS and VPLS; High
Performance, Low TCO

Point-to-Point

Hub and Spoke

Fully Meshed

Deployment Impacts
Ethernet Services Are Easier to Manage with Lower TCO

IP VPN

Layer 3 MPLS VPN

Layer 2 VPLS Ethernet VPN

COST
CPE Required

Router, Firewall

Router

Switch or Router

Virtual Circuits
Required for Full Mesh

[n x (n-1)]/2

Operational Expense

Low

High

Low

Private Network

No

Yes

Yes

Traffic Engineering

IPSec

MPLS

VPLS

Moderately
Complex

Complex

Simple

Moderately
Complex

Complex

Simple

SECURITY

MANAGEMENT
Implementation
Configuration

Application Impacts
Low Latency, Low Jitter Ethernet Ideal for Convergence
IP VPN

Layer 3 MPLS VPN

Layer 2 VPLS Ethernet VPN

N/A

N/A

Metro Latency N/AN/A5 to 20


ms

PERFORMANCE SLA
Metro Latency
U.S. Latency

55 ms

55 to 65 ms

35 to 65 ms

Availability

99.9%

100%

100%

Packet Delivery

99.7%

99 to 100%

99.9%

10 to 20 ms

2 to 20 ms

250 sec to 10 ms

CoS / QoS

No

Yes

Yes

Protocols Supported

IP Only

IP Only

All Layer 3 Protocols

Carrier Backbone

ATM

MPLS

VPLS / MPLS

Jitter
CONTROL

Strategic Impacts

Empowers Customers, Improves Competitive Advantage

IP VPN

Layer 3 MPLS VPN

Layer 2 VPLS Ethernet VPN

FLEXIBILITY
Typical Speeds

128kbps to OC3
(155Mbps)

128kbps to OC3
(155Mbps)

1Mbps to 1000Mbps

Any-to-Any
Connectivity

Costly

Complex Configuration

Simple

COVERAGE
Last Mile Access

DS0 to DS3

DS0 to OC12

Fiber, Copper, T1, DS3, OC3,


OC12, Ethernet NNIs

Global Availability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Carrier Backbone

ATM

MPLS

VPLS / MPLS

Putting it Into Practice:


How to Migrate to Ethernet

Step 1: Evaluate Ethernet and decide to migrate away from legacy WAN
Step 2: Get rid of old-school WAN equipment
Layer 2 Communications will add a fully managed Ethernet switch (CPE)

Putting it Into Practice:


How to Migrate to Ethernet

Step 3: Dont worry about the installation with a Managed VPLS network
Step 4: Plug your LAN switch or router directly WAN

Summary & Conclusions


Consider Ethernet VPLS services if:

Want to maintain control of their own IP routing


Want to simplify WAN management
Want to reduce CapEx and OpEx
Need to scale bandwidth and support any-to-any connectivity

Tips:

Demand strong service level agreements


Look for global coverage

Require:

VPLS
Class of Service (CoS)
Bandwidth-on-demand
End-to-end management

Layer 2 Communications : Next Generation WAN


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