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Ethernet moving into the wide area: Yankee Group

The use of Ethernet beyond the LAN environment, initially coined as "metro Ethernet," is gaining acceptance as a wi...


July 22, 2004  


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The use of Ethernet beyond the LAN environment, initially coined as “metro Ethernet,” is gaining acceptance as a wide-area solution.

According to the Yankee Group 2004 Metro Ethernet Survey, 49% of respondents accessing Ethernet services today use it to address intercity site-to-site connectivity.

IP VPN, WAN and convergence support is key for Ethernet services. The 278 respondents surveyed who currently use an Ethernet service said that access to an IP VPN and application prioritization are top feature requirements.

Although primarily used to support applications such as Internet access and file transfer, respondents expect to double the amount of voice and video deployments over Ethernet within 24 months, the research firm said.

“Ethernet marketing and sales efforts should focus on reliability and cost savings,” says David Parks, a senior analyst with the Yankee Group.

“However, other key considerations are emerging for businesses as top factors in selecting an Ethernet solution and service provider, such as geographic reach and support for managed end-to-end solutions.”