Five Reasons to Move from a Traditional TDM Network to Metro Ethernet

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Five Reasons to Move from a Traditional TDM Network to Metro Ethernet"

Transcription

1 A UBM TECHWEB WHITE PAPER OCTOBER 2012 Five Reasons to Move from a Traditional TDM Network to Metro Ethernet Cloud services create a compelling case to move application processing and storage out of the data center and onto the network. Brought to you by

2 Five Reasons to Move from a Traditional TDM Network to Metro Ethernet Cloud services create a compelling case to move application processing and storage out of the data center and onto the network. 2 Communications and networking technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and organizations that fail to stay on top of these developments and implement change as it s needed risk being at a huge competitive disadvantage. Just think of the emergence and growth of cloud computing, social networking, and mobile technology in the workplace over the past several years and you can see how much things have changed and how reliant companies have become on these newer solutions. One of the keys to leveraging technologies such as cloud computing, voice over IP (VoIP), and unified communications (UC) is updating the communications infrastructure. Organizations need to consider migrating from older WAN technology to modern Ethernet-based services such as metro Ethernet. Metro Ethernet is a metropolitan area network (MAN) based on Ethernet standards and is often used to connect subscribers to a larger service network or the Internet. This white paper highlights the key reasons for moving from a traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) network to an Ethernet network. These reasons include the compelling nature of the cloud, the solidification of VoIP as a key part of corporate communications strategies, the demise of T1, the emergence of UC as a business necessity, and the availability of network service providers that can help guide a successful migration to Ethernet. 1. Compelling Nature of the Cloud Online, on-demand, Internet-based services collectively known as the cloud present a compelling case for CIOs to move a large number of operations, including application processing and storage, out of the data center and onto the network. The use of cloud-based services can lead to benefits such as cost savings, increased flexibility and improved scalability. On-demand offerings, such as software-as-a-service or infrastructure-asa-service, can be especially appealing to businesses that deal with frequent fluctuations in demand for computing capacity and use of applications. Accessing the cloud in the most cost-effective, secure and efficient manner is a top priority for most organizations looking to leverage ondemand services. Traditional TDM does not provide adequate bandwidth or true reliability in terms of delivering application support and high-quality end-user experiences. Today, there are alternatives to traditional TDM WAN services that offer cost savings and performance improvements. While TDM is adequate for voice telephony service, Ethernet provides significant advantages for data applications. It s a technology that is purpose-built for carrying data.

3 3 From day one, Ethernet was designed to be a data network, with all of the features and functions built into it specifically designed to carry data. Living in a data-centric business world that is increasingly moving to the cloud, companies want the most advanced, compatible network technology to support their needs. In addition, one of the biggest advantages of Ethernet compared with TDM is that Ethernet has become much easier to deploy. With underlying technologies, such as fiber optics, wireless, and microwave systems, Ethernet can be adapted to more physical transports. Ethernet is now being deployed in places where several years ago TDM was the only choice. 2. Voice Over IP Is for Real The second key reason for moving from traditional TDM to Ethernet is VoIP. For many years, VoIP suffered from a reputation of poor voice quality and performance. But that s changed as the technology has matured. To realize the inherent cost savings of using IP-based communications, many organizations are adopting VoIP across their enterprises. IT and business executives are actively looking for ways to keep costs down, and VoIP affords an opportunity to do that. The question concerning VoIP now is how do organizations access and implement VoIP services optimally, securely, and effectively? VoIP is an adaptation of voice to the data world, but data is now the underlying transport for voice. That s why Ethernet is a better option for VoIP. Although VoIP is an adaptation of voice to the data world, where data is now the underlying transport of voice, Ethernet presents a more viable option for carrying VoIP traffic. That s because of the fact that the underlying transport is data. IP is a protocol designed for moving information over the Internet, and is tailored to being carried across an Ethernet network. When you try to carry data or IP in general across a TDM network, the interaction that has to take place between the IP layer and the TDM transport is again an adaptation. IP was not developed for TDM networks. Ethernet was specifically created to transport IP packets and has features and components that are specific to it. The technology allows for more flexibility at the transport layer that interacts with IP and requires no adaptation of the transport. In essence, Ethernet is designed specifically to carry IP payload. It allows for VoIP to operate much better, because it s a system that provides compatibility among all of the interactions that need to take place. This enables IP to do what it was designed to do, which is carry packetized data. Ethernet allows organizations to have an environment that is more cohesive from the standpoint of offering advanced features of VoIP, which are not yet fully exploited, and allows VoIP to act more succinctly with the overall transport of the network. Over the years, companies have adapted to some of the functions and features of IP but have not taken advantage of all of them. The exhaustion of IPv4 has forced the industry to look at a protocol level with more advanced features that can be implemented down the road, such as quality of service and the ability for packets to dynamically recover themselves. As Ethernet and IP continue to evolve, companies will see more advanced features coming out, such as how we handle quality of service and how devices actually correspond and work with that both at an IP level and an Ethernet level, says Michael Scott, general manager of Wolfe. And as we evolve and increase our ability to use these functions and features that are built into both Ethernet and IP, we re going to see more advanced application sets actually taking advantage of those specific features. 3. T1 Is Fading At one time, top-notch state-of-the-art networking meant T1 service. Not anymore. T1 adoption is fading, due to concerns about cost-effectiveness, flexibility, security, and performance. Taking its place is metro Ethernet, which provides for better scalability and performance, ease of operation, and cost-competitiveness. Many of the emerging cloud-based applications, whether it s Microsoft Office 365 or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform or some other application, require bandwidth that T1s simply cannot support. As companies develop more bandwidthintensive cloud applications, T1s are going to go by the wayside at an even faster rate. The increases in needed bandwidth and in requirements for supporting cloud applications, as well as the need to support VoIP and video, are forcing T1s to diminish in terms of their deploy-

4 4 ment and use. We re seeing the adoption rate of Ethernet increase significantly over T1s because organizations now realize that they can have a technology that they are extremely comfortable with and that offers the bandwidth advantages they need, Scott says. For those organizations that still have T1s in place, the best opportunity for success in supporting the most current cloud applications and communications services is to swap out T1 for Ethernet. In fact, many companies are doing just that once they recognize that their existing T1 infrastructures are not able to provide the performance they need from cloud-based applications. For example, Scott says, one company had two T1s that were bonded together, and purchased a subscription to Office 365 without knowing what kind of bandwidth the platform would need. The organization quickly discovered that it could not support Office 365 on two T1s because the bandwidth wasn t sufficient. The application ran much too slowly, and in addition all of the company s access to the Internet was severely affected by the drain on the WAN. The company swapped out its service for a 10-Mbps Ethernet service over a fiber optic infrastructure that was designed to meet its needs. As its use of cloud services increases or its needs for bandwidth grow, the company can quickly migrate the connection to additional bandwidth. This would not be possible using a T1 service. Ultimately, Ethernet provides the kind of bandwidth flexibility that organizations need today as their application and computing demands change. 4. Unified Communications Is a Business Necessity Today, networking carries much more than or voice communications. It s about collaboration, both internally among co-workers and externally with partners, suppliers, and customers. Effective collaboration requires the ability to support bandwidth-intensive applications such as design and graphics, as well as sharing and communications applications such as webcasting and video. For many enterprises, unified communications (UC) has become a critical business tool for keeping members of the organization in touch regardless of where they are located in the world. UC generally involves real-time communication capabilities including voice, instant messaging, ROCK ISLAND SHIFTS TO ETHERNET Rock Island Technology Solutions, a value-added reseller of networking solutions for small businesses, has a first-hand understanding of the benefits of moving from TDM to metro Ethernet. The company had a number of traditional TDM-based circuits in Washington state, and was looking to create a point-to-point private-line connection between its Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., facilities. Rock Island had been gradually moving away from TDM toward Ethernet since 2004, because of the lower costs of hardware, better scalability, and simpler network management, according to Mike Greene, CEO and president of Rock Island. The company got in touch with Wolfe in April 2012 at the suggestion of Rock Island s former telecom carrier (which was unable to deliver a suitable solution), and explained what it was hoping to achieve. Wolfe came to the table with a really attractive solution that we were looking for, Greene says. That solution was Wolfe s metro Ethernet offering, and Greene has been impressed with the performance of the service. Some of Rock Island s customers are moving to more cloud computing and asking for increasingly higher speeds. We immediately go directly to optical Ethernet or metro Ethernet, Greene says, rather than talking about other types of services that can t handle the capacities needed. Ethernet is also more suitable for voice over IP (VoIP), and Greene says Rock Island has been looking at doing more VoIP and on a larger scale than it has thus far. The company s move away from traditional TDM toward Ethernet has had a huge impact on its business, in terms of keeping costs down and simplifying network management. Rock Island had more than 100 T1s at one point and dropped its last one about a year ago. The strategy reflects what is going on in the industry in general. Certainly for moving data and voice, I believe telcos are going to be shifting a lot of their traditional voice services over into the data stream, Greene says. We re already seeing that happen.

5 5 video conferencing, presence and data sharing, as well as non-real-time functionality such as , voic , unified messaging and fax. UC technology offers the potential for people to communicate and collaborate as they never have before, and it can have tremendous positive impact on worker productivity and efficiency. Workers spend less effort and time trying to reach other people, and important communications are less frequently missed. To ensure a good user experience for VoIP, use a network service provider that provides Ethernet and quality of service from end to end. UC is a platform that is not only bandwidthintensive at times, but like voice over IP, it requires quality-of-service components in order to be highly reliable. It s a technology in which users are actually leveraging three or four different types of applications to completely unify all of the voice, video, and data communications among users. For example, the Microsoft Lync product offers basic audio conferencing or point-to-point dial services, desktop sharing of applications, videoconferencing, and the ability to host meetings and share data on a whiteboard space. Multiple applications make up one UC application set, and each of those applications requires individual service levels in order to operate efficiently. UC forces a network to have resources available individually to support each one of the applications. In a basic setting where TDM is used, companies do not have those various levels of service classifications. There simply is not enough bandwidth or processing resources to support all of that. In an Ethernet world, on the other hand, there is sufficient bandwidth and resources. As service providers migrate their networks to Ethernet, UC becomes a more accessible tool for organizations because they have access to the bandwidth and quality-of-service they need to allow the application to function as intended. 5. A Network Service Provider Can Help The Internet service provider is more than just a supplier it s a networking partner that offers cutting-edge technology and services, network manageability, and sound communication advice. Networking is finally catching up with other areas of IT in terms of offering dynamic alternatives and competitive products. IT executives need to be aware of these alternatives, and how and where they can be implemented effectively. It is critical to have a strong networking partner that understands the rapidly changing communications and networking marketplace, to better leverage newer technologies and reap the full benefits of these solutions. A network service provider can help get companies from their current infrastructures to the cloud, or to VoIP or unified communications. We re seeing the marketplace go through another evolutionary cycle, where the service providers that are capable of providing Ethernetbased services are the ones moving forward and actually gathering market share, Scott says. The service providers that can deliver Ethernet service to small and midsize businesses as well as large enterprises, and that can custom design solutions based on Ethernet, are the ones that are gaining a strong foothold. Wolfe brings to the market an advanced network capable of providing organizations with the ability to maintain consistent Ethernet connectivity end-to-end and take advantage of the cloud and other services. What makes Wolfe unique is that it offers customers the ability to have unblended, specific access to Ethernet technology across the network. The entire network is Ethernet including routers, switches and architecture with no TDM or other legacy technology. Many service providers, on the other hand, have legacy networks that include some type of adaptation, with integration of TDM with Ethernet. In terms of voice over IP, Wolfe offers an end-to-end network and provides quality-ofservice across the entire infrastructure, to support voice applications that require a lot of sensitive latency aspects to be well-defined and easily transportable across the network. This is vital, because the network requires a certain level of service in order to transport VoIP effectively. In most situations, with an Ethernet network, unless quality-of-service is implemented, voice communication becomes extremely degraded. The minute a Wolfe customer s connection is enabled, the customer will have access to Wolfe s full spectrum of quality-of-service, end-to-end across its network. Wolfe s network is fully capable of transferring VoIP across the entire infrastructure, regardless of whether a customer is buying a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) service, a

6 basic Internet package, or anything in between. Wolfe can help customers move off their existing T1 services to Ethernet, enabling them to get better performance out of cloud-based applications. For example, Wolfe can provide companies with 10-Mbps to 10-Gbps Ethernet that customers can easily plug into and be using in a matter of days. And Wolfe can help companies deliver the UC capabilities they need in today s competitive business environment where staying in touch with colleagues and partners is vital. Because the company supports an all-ethernet infrastructure, it can provide the capabilities for both bandwidth and quality-of-service that platforms, such as UC (including video and audio) require. Perhaps most importantly, Wolfe s skilled staff works closely with customers to address their specific networking challenges and help them meet their strategic goals. 6 ABOUT WOLFE A driving factor at Wolfe is to provide customers with high-quality Internet and Ethernet solutions and excellent customer service and support. One size does not fit all, so Wolfe offers customized business network solutions help any organization s bottom line. Wolfe believes that the best way to be a successful business is to provide outstanding services to customers coupled with the gold standard of customer service. Happy customers are loyal customers who will refer others. Learn more at UBM TechWeb, a division of UBM LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Choosing Ethernet Services

Choosing Ethernet Services Choosing Ethernet Services IS ETHERNET THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR NETWORK? Business Ethernet Including Ethernet over Copper (EoC) and Ethernet over Digital Signal Cross-connect (EoDSx) Delivers Cost- Effective,

More information

Introducing the. Logicalis Communication and Collaboration Transformation Journey. Extend and Enhance Your Ability to Collaborate

Introducing the. Logicalis Communication and Collaboration Transformation Journey. Extend and Enhance Your Ability to Collaborate Introducing the Logicalis Communication and Collaboration Transformation Journey The business world isn t just changing it s accelerating. Things are moving faster than ever before on an unprecedented

More information

Business Services. Is Ethernet the Right Choice for Your Network? Learn More: Call us at 877.634.2728. www.megapath.com

Business Services. Is Ethernet the Right Choice for Your Network? Learn More: Call us at 877.634.2728. www.megapath.com Business Services Is Ethernet the Right Choice for Your Network? Learn More: Call us at 877.634.2728. www.megapath.com Is Ethernet the Right Choice for Your Network? Business Ethernet including Ethernet

More information

Convergence: The Foundation for Unified Communications

Convergence: The Foundation for Unified Communications Convergence: The Foundation for Unified Communications Authored by: Anthony Cimorelli, Senior Product Marketing Manager Onofrio Norm Schillaci, Principal Sales Engineer Michelle Soltesz, Director, Marketing

More information

ROGERS DELIVERS THE SPEED, POWER AND RELIABILITY OF FIBRE RIGHT TO YOU.

ROGERS DELIVERS THE SPEED, POWER AND RELIABILITY OF FIBRE RIGHT TO YOU. ROGERS DELIVERS THE SPEED, POWER AND RELIABILITY OF FIBRE RIGHT TO YOU. ROGERS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS When you partner with Rogers Business Solutions, you benefit from on-going collaboration with our team

More information

White paper. Business Applications of Wide Area Ethernet

White paper. Business Applications of Wide Area Ethernet White paper Business Applications of Wide Area Ethernet 1 Introduction When enterprises use Ethernet as a wide area networking solution, they have the potential to realize significant gains in network

More information

Datamation. PRI Handoff Considerations when Moving to SIP Trunking. Executive Brief. In This Paper. Sponsored by

Datamation. PRI Handoff Considerations when Moving to SIP Trunking. Executive Brief. In This Paper. Sponsored by Sponsored by PRI Handoff Considerations when Moving to SIP Trunking In This Paper PRI handoff is needed to realize the benefits of using VoIP and SIP Sites with TDM PBXs need special PRI handoff consideration

More information

Insights into Customer Perceptions of UCC Benefits, Challenges, and Deployment Strategies INTRODUCTION

Insights into Customer Perceptions of UCC Benefits, Challenges, and Deployment Strategies INTRODUCTION VIRTUAL THINK TANK Finding the Right Approach to Unified Communications and Collaboration Deployment: Is Cloud the Answer? Insights into Customer Perceptions of UCC Benefits, Challenges, and Deployment

More information

The Business Case for Ethernet Services Whitepaper Sponsored by Time Warner Cable Business Class

The Business Case for Ethernet Services Whitepaper Sponsored by Time Warner Cable Business Class The Business Case for Ethernet Services Whitepaper Sponsored by Time Warner Cable Business Class Executive Summary Network-based applications such as Voice over IP (VoIP), cloud, collaboration services

More information

The Key Components of a Cloud-Based Unified Communications Offering

The Key Components of a Cloud-Based Unified Communications Offering The Key Components of a Cloud-Based Unified Communications Offering Organizations must enhance their communications and collaboration capabilities to remain competitive. Get up to speed with this tech

More information

Mobilize to Rightsize Your Network

Mobilize to Rightsize Your Network Mobilize to Rightsize Your Network Table of Contents How enterprise mobility can reduce the total cost of network ownership by 70 percent 3 Mobility means cost savings 3 Getting started on savings 4 Make

More information

Time Division Multiplexing to Internet Protocol Business.Frontier.com/Solutions 1

Time Division Multiplexing to Internet Protocol Business.Frontier.com/Solutions 1 Time Division Multiplexing to Internet Protocol Time Division Multiplexing to Internet Protocol Business.Frontier.com/Solutions Executive Summary Businesses looking to secure a foothold as a competitive

More information

The Evolution of Ethernet

The Evolution of Ethernet June 2010 White Paper The Evolution of Ethernet How Ethernet solutions, such as NTT America s VLink, can help businesses reduce private networking costs while leveraging Ethernet technology. Introduction

More information

SIP Trunking: The New Normal in the Cloud Era

SIP Trunking: The New Normal in the Cloud Era SIP Trunking: The New Normal in the Cloud Era Executive Summary As IP and VoIP technologies continue to mature and the thirst for cloud services escalates, the SIP Trunking market is growing rapidly, driven

More information

5 Key Questions to Ask Your Future Cloud Communications Provider

5 Key Questions to Ask Your Future Cloud Communications Provider 5 Key Questions to Ask Your Future Cloud Communications Provider Introduction In order to remain competitive in today s global marketplace, organizations must constantly improve customer service, reduce

More information

The Key Components of a Cloud-Based UC Offering

The Key Components of a Cloud-Based UC Offering The Key Components of a Cloud-Based UC Offering Organizations must enhance their communications and collaboration capabilities to remain competitive. Get up to speed with this tech primer and find new

More information

The History & Future of Unified Communications Introducing Unified Communications

The History & Future of Unified Communications Introducing Unified Communications The History & Future of Unified Communications Introducing Unified Communications The worker of the future is virtual. Far from wanting a 100% telecommuting, work from home experience, this new breed of

More information

Unified Communications: Bringing People and Businesses Closer Together

Unified Communications: Bringing People and Businesses Closer Together : Bringing People and Businesses Closer Together A T E Kingsmill Business Park Chapel Mill Road Kingston upon Thames KT1 3GZ 0845 872 8222 info@avsnet.co.uk There are many clear benefits from an avsnet

More information

WHITE PAPER. www.fusionstorm.com. The Business Benefits of Upgrading Legacy IP Communications Systems. www.fusionstorm.com

WHITE PAPER. www.fusionstorm.com. The Business Benefits of Upgrading Legacy IP Communications Systems. www.fusionstorm.com WHITE PaPEr: Easing the Way to the Cloud: 1 WHITE PAPER The Business Benefits of Upgrading Legacy IP Communications Systems 2 WHITE PAPER: The Business Benefits of Upgrading Legacy IP Communications Systems

More information

Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015 www.idc.com

Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015 www.idc.com WHITE PAPER Converged Business Networks: Simplifying Network Complexity Sponsored by: Level 3 Melanie Posey November 2010 Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015

More information

Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (North American Markets) Streamlined, cost-effective microwave IP transformation

Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (North American Markets) Streamlined, cost-effective microwave IP transformation Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (North American Markets) Streamlined, cost-effective microwave IP transformation The Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) enables smooth transformation

More information

White Paper. Calculating the Real Cost of a Business Phone System

White Paper. Calculating the Real Cost of a Business Phone System White Paper Calculating the Real Cost of a Business Phone System Calculating the Real Cost of a Business Phone System How cloud phone systems eliminate the many hidden costs of an on-premise PBX Most IT

More information

Mitel MiCollab. Keeping people connected and productive anytime, anywhere, on any device

Mitel MiCollab. Keeping people connected and productive anytime, anywhere, on any device Mitel MiCollab Keeping people connected and productive anytime, anywhere, on any device Effective collaboration among employees, partners and customers is a critical driver of any organization s success.

More information

Don t Buy a VoIP Phone System Before You Read This Report

Don t Buy a VoIP Phone System Before You Read This Report Don t Buy a VoIP Phone System Before You Read This Report VoIP means Voice over Internet Protocol Not Voice over the Internet By Greg Eicke Introducing Greg Eicke My name is Greg Eicke and I ve been working

More information

Multi-protocol Label Switching

Multi-protocol Label Switching An INS White Paper Multi-protocol Label Switching An economic way to deliver integrated voice, video and data traffic March 2013 Run your business on one network Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is

More information

MyCloud Dedicated Unified Communications (UC) Transforming Business Communications

MyCloud Dedicated Unified Communications (UC) Transforming Business Communications MyCloud Dedicated Unified Communications (UC) Transforming Business Communications Businesses need communications tools that make their work easier and are available anywhere, anytime including within

More information

Calculate Your Savings

Calculate Your Savings Calculate Your Savings See how the right phone system can improve your bottom line. Are you missing important calls and lost revenue? Are missing important calls and lost revenue? Could you provide a better

More information

Connecting to Compete: The Case for Upgrading Your Network

Connecting to Compete: The Case for Upgrading Your Network + CONNECTIVITY WHITE PAPER Connecting to Compete: The Case for Upgrading Your Network Introduction As companies face escalating network traffic growth from not only Internet use but also business applications,

More information

SIP Trunking Deployment Models: Choose the One That Is Right for Your Company

SIP Trunking Deployment Models: Choose the One That Is Right for Your Company SIP Trunking Deployment Models: Choose the One That Is Right for Your Company SIP Trunking Deployment Models: Executive Summary Transitioning to Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking is a strategic

More information

Never miss a call with One Net Business

Never miss a call with One Net Business Never miss a call with One Net Business Landline, mobile and desktop communications all in one system Ready Business Fixed Mobile Cloud Get in touch The Word Telecom Vodafone Power to you To get started

More information

US Data Services 2014-2019

US Data Services 2014-2019 US Data Services 2014-2019 Executive Summary CMR Market Research April 2015 Reproduction without permission 1 The contents of this report represent CMR s analysis of the information available to the public

More information

WHITE PAPER: Broadband Bonding for VoIP & UC Applications. In Brief. mushroomnetworks.com. Applications. Challenge. Solution. Benefits.

WHITE PAPER: Broadband Bonding for VoIP & UC Applications. In Brief. mushroomnetworks.com. Applications. Challenge. Solution. Benefits. In Brief Applications UC & VoIP Challenge Cut telecom cost by finding an alternative to costly MPLS Improve Internet connectivity speeds Fortify business continuity Solution Mushroom Networks Truffle Internet

More information

BUYER S GUIDE IP COMMUNICATIONS BUYER S GUIDE

BUYER S GUIDE IP COMMUNICATIONS BUYER S GUIDE BUYER S GUIDE IP COMMUNICATIONS BUYER S GUIDE Realizing the Proven Value of Unified Communications REALIZING THE PROVEN VALUE OF UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS What you will learn in this guide: Times are Changing

More information

Top Six Considerations

Top Six Considerations Top Six Considerations for Upgrading to table of contents + Section I: Introduction Understanding...2 + Section II: Uses Cases for... 3 + Section III: Top 6 considerations for...5 + Section IV: Conclusion...

More information

Empower the Workforce with BYOD and Collaboration

Empower the Workforce with BYOD and Collaboration Empower the Workforce with BYOD and Collaboration Cloud-Based Unified Communications Enhances BYOD Strategies January 2014 Prepared by: Zeus Kerravala Empower the Workforce with BYOD and Collaboration

More information

Evolving Your Network with Metro Ethernet and MPLS VPNs

Evolving Your Network with Metro Ethernet and MPLS VPNs Evolving Your Network with Metro Ethernet and MPLS VPNs Change is a constant in enterprise networking and the axiom definitely holds true when considering wide-area connectivity options. Experienced IT

More information

The Avaya Aura Platform Bringing the Era of Engagement to today s enterprise

The Avaya Aura Platform Bringing the Era of Engagement to today s enterprise The Avaya Aura Platform delivers a different approach to engaged communications, transforming traditional, singlepurpose solutions for voice, video, e-mail and instant messaging into a true multimedia,

More information

Enterprise Phone Systems. The Complete Buyer s Guide

Enterprise Phone Systems. The Complete Buyer s Guide Enterprise Phone Systems The Complete Buyer s Guide SMB Technologies: Enterprise Phone Systems Executive Summary Even with the rise of new communication forms, telephony systems are still an essential

More information

VPLS lies at the heart of our Next Generation Network approach to creating converged, simplified WANs.

VPLS lies at the heart of our Next Generation Network approach to creating converged, simplified WANs. Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) A WAN that thinks it s a LAN. VPLS is a high security, low latency means to connect sites or services either point-to-point or as a mesh. We use Virtual Private LAN Service

More information

LTE-Ready Microwave for NG Wireless Backhaul

LTE-Ready Microwave for NG Wireless Backhaul LTE-Ready Microwave for NG Wireless Backhaul LTE-Ready Microwave for NG Wireless Backhaul April 2010 Copyright by ECI Telecom, 2010. All rights reserved worldwide. The information contained in the documentation

More information

By guaranteeing Microsoft Lync & SharePoint performances, Marel reduces travel costs

By guaranteeing Microsoft Lync & SharePoint performances, Marel reduces travel costs By guaranteeing Microsoft Lync & SharePoint performances, Marel reduces travel costs CASE STUDY TM ( Re ) discover Simplicity to Guarantee Application Performance 1 COMPANY Marel is the leading global

More information

collaboration Keeping people in touch efficiently

collaboration Keeping people in touch efficiently collaboration Keeping people in touch efficiently What is collaboration? At its best, unified communications (UC) is just what it says it enables better interaction between people by integrating what were

More information

Mitel MiCollab. Keeping People Connected and Productive Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device

Mitel MiCollab. Keeping People Connected and Productive Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device Mitel MiCollab Keeping People Connected and Productive Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device Effective collaboration among employees, partners and customers is a critical driver of any organization s success.

More information

UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS. Keeping people in touch efficiently

UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS. Keeping people in touch efficiently UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS Keeping people in touch efficiently WHAT ARE UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS? At its best, unified communications (UC) is just what it says it enables better interaction between people by

More information

Enterprises have turned to cloud-based applications

Enterprises have turned to cloud-based applications JULY 2014 THE STATE OF Data Center Networking The Cloud Effect on Data Center Networking Enterprise IT departments are seeking highperformance connections to data centers for mission-critical, cloud-based

More information

White Paper. 7 Business Benefits of Moving From an On-Premise PBX to a Cloud Phone System

White Paper. 7 Business Benefits of Moving From an On-Premise PBX to a Cloud Phone System White Paper 7 Business Benefits of Moving From an On-Premise PBX to a Cloud Phone System 7 Business Benefits of Moving From an On-Premise PBX to a Cloud Phone System Tipping Points: Factors typically driving

More information

VoIP Deployment Options

VoIP Deployment Options AN ATLANTIC-IT.NET WHITEPAPER VoIP Deployment Options Whether cloud-based or on premises, IP-based voice platforms can deliver a wide range of significant business benefits. 2 VoIP Deployment Options EXECUTIVE

More information

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. A Practical Guide to VoIP for Small Businesses

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED. A Practical Guide to VoIP for Small Businesses YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED A Practical Guide to VoIP for Small Businesses FACING UP TO THE CHALLENGES. 1 What you need to know. Now. Your business is growing. Your customers expect great service. Your employees

More information

The Universal IP Network for. Videoconferencing

The Universal IP Network for. Videoconferencing The Universal IP Network for Videoconferencing A Manager s Guide to the Deployment of Inter-Enterprise Videoconferencing The Universal IP Network for Videoconferencing A Manager s Guide to the Deployment

More information

Understanding the Benefits of Unified Communications

Understanding the Benefits of Unified Communications Understanding the Benefits of Unified Communications Overview Increasing operating efficiencies is more important than ever in today s business. Competitive pressures force organizations to improve processes

More information

White Paper. A Guide to Assessing the Network Benefits and Requirements of Cloud VoIP

White Paper. A Guide to Assessing the Network Benefits and Requirements of Cloud VoIP White Paper A Guide to Assessing the Network Benefits and Requirements of Cloud VoIP A Guide to Assessing the Network Benefits and Requirements of Cloud VoIP The positive impact that hosted VoIP can have

More information

WHITE PAPER: How to get more out of your. telepresence installation with unified interoperable video conferencing technology

WHITE PAPER: How to get more out of your. telepresence installation with unified interoperable video conferencing technology WHITE PAPER: How to get more out of your telepresence installation with unified interoperable video conferencing technology INTRODUCTION From the time it was introduced, corporate telepresence had enabled

More information

The Evolution of Traditional Telecoms to IP Communications

The Evolution of Traditional Telecoms to IP Communications Telecoms Enterprise Day 2014 The Evolution of Traditional Telecoms to IP Communications Presented by Andy Openshaw 28 March 2014 Hot topics The shift from TDM to IP communication platforms The growth in

More information

Multi- Path Networking Is a Key to Maximizing Cloud Value

Multi- Path Networking Is a Key to Maximizing Cloud Value Multi- Path Networking Is a Key to Maximizing Cloud Value May 2015 Prepared by: Zeus Kerravala Multi- Path Networking Is a Key to Maximizing Cloud Value by Zeus Kerravala May 2015 º º º º º º º º º º º

More information

Why You Need to Think of Your Wide Area Network as a Strategic Asset. Successful Cloud Migration Needs a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)

Why You Need to Think of Your Wide Area Network as a Strategic Asset. Successful Cloud Migration Needs a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Why You Need to Think of Your Wide Area Network as a Strategic Asset Successful Cloud Migration Needs a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Table of Contents Introduction.....................................

More information

November 2013. Defining the Value of MPLS VPNs

November 2013. Defining the Value of MPLS VPNs November 2013 S P E C I A L R E P O R T Defining the Value of MPLS VPNs Table of Contents Introduction... 3 What Are VPNs?... 4 What Are MPLS VPNs?... 5 What Are the Benefits of MPLS VPNs?... 8 How Do

More information

Enterprise Video Conferencing: Ready for Prime Time

Enterprise Video Conferencing: Ready for Prime Time Enterprise Video Conferencing: Ready for Prime Time A White Paper From By Richard Kent and Harold Tepper December, 2005 Table of Contents: Introduction 3 The Convergence of Video and IP Telephony...3 Customer

More information

Unified Communications: The Layman s Guide

Unified Communications: The Layman s Guide White Paper Unified Communications: The Layman s Guide Contents Introduction....2 What can you expect in return?....2 How Unified Communications Works....2 Challenges Ahead....2 Are you ready?....3 About

More information

Global Environmental Group Expects 66 Percent Cost Savings from Unified Communications

Global Environmental Group Expects 66 Percent Cost Savings from Unified Communications Microsoft Office System Customer Solution Case Study Global Environmental Group Expects 66 Percent Cost Savings from Unified Communications Overview Country or Region: Switzerland Industry: Nonprofit Customer

More information

MARKET BRIEF Plug and Play: Managed IP Telephony

MARKET BRIEF Plug and Play: Managed IP Telephony MARKET BRIEF Plug and Play: Managed IP Telephony Sponsored by: NEC William Stofega September 2006 IP TELEPHONY: BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200

More information

LEAVING LEGACY BEHIND: TRANSITIONING TO AN IP VOICE COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION WHITE PAPER

LEAVING LEGACY BEHIND: TRANSITIONING TO AN IP VOICE COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION WHITE PAPER LEAVING LEGACY BEHIND: TRANSITIONING TO AN IP VOICE COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION WHITE PAPER Leaving Legacy Behind: Transitioning to an IP Voice Communications Solution Introduction Seeking to be more efficient

More information

An Introduction to SIP

An Introduction to SIP SIP trunking, simply put, is a way for you to accomplish something that you already do, for less money, with equal or better quality, and with greater functionality. A Guide to SIP V4 An Introduction to

More information

New Business Models for Converging Communications Transforming the Enterprise

New Business Models for Converging Communications Transforming the Enterprise S T R A T E G I C W H I T E P A P E R New Business Models for Converging Communications Transforming the Enterprise Enterprises need to transform their networks to increase productivity, lower costs, build

More information

Technology Evolution Framework for 3GPP2 Networks

Technology Evolution Framework for 3GPP2 Networks SC.R00-0 v.0 Evolution of GPP Networks GPP SC.R00-0 v.0 Date: October 00 Technology Evolution Framework for GPP Networks A White Paper COPYRIGHT 00, GPP GPP and its Organizational Partners claim copyright

More information

Communications Transformations 2: Steps to Integrate SIP Trunk into the Enterprise

Communications Transformations 2: Steps to Integrate SIP Trunk into the Enterprise Communications Transformations 2: Steps to Integrate SIP Trunk into the Enterprise The Changing Landscape IP-based unified communications is widely deployed in enterprise networks, both for internal calling

More information

Harnessing the Cloud to Maximize Unified Communications Investment. One Source Networks White Paper

Harnessing the Cloud to Maximize Unified Communications Investment. One Source Networks White Paper Harnessing the Cloud to Maximize Unified Communications Investment One Source Networks White Paper Harnessing the Cloud to Maximize Unified Communications Investment As the world becomes hyper-connected

More information

Best Practices for deploying unified communications together with SIP trunking connectivity

Best Practices for deploying unified communications together with SIP trunking connectivity An Allstream White Paper Best Practices for deploying unified communications together with SIP trunking connectivity An Allstream White Paper 1 Table of contents Correct identification and maximization

More information

EVOLUTION TO SCALABLE, MULTISERVICE CORE AND EDGE NETWORKS FOR CABLE MSOS STRATEGIC WHITE PAPER

EVOLUTION TO SCALABLE, MULTISERVICE CORE AND EDGE NETWORKS FOR CABLE MSOS STRATEGIC WHITE PAPER EVOLUTION TO SCALABLE, MULTISERVICE CORE AND EDGE NETWORKS FOR CABLE MSOS STRATEGIC WHITE PAPER It s no exaggeration to say the multiple-system operator (MSO) industry has undergone a radical transformation

More information

MULTIPOINT VIDEO CALLING

MULTIPOINT VIDEO CALLING 1 A Publication of 2 VIDEO CONFERENCING MADE SIMPLE. TELEMERGE S ALL-IN-ONE VIDEO COLLABORATION Everything you need to enable adoption, right here. Request A Demo Learn More THE FOUR PILLARS Telemerge

More information

business phone systems

business phone systems SDN Communications business phone systems Combine and streamline your communication tools www.sdncommunications.com avaya phone systems improve business agility - reduce costs - increase productivity If

More information

Unified Communications. The Technologies, Features & Benefits

Unified Communications. The Technologies, Features & Benefits Unified Communications The Technologies, Features & Benefits Unified Communications 2 Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 Introduction 3 What s Trending? 4 Workforce Mobility 4 Desktop Virtualisation

More information

MPLS/IP VPN Services Market Update, 2014. United States

MPLS/IP VPN Services Market Update, 2014. United States MPLS/IP VPN Services Market Update, 2014 United States August 2014 Contents Section Slide Numbers Executive Summary 4 Market Overview & Definitions 8 Drivers & Restraints 14 Market Trends & Revenue Forecasts

More information

Subaru Canada. Simplified deployment and tight-knit integration with Lync presence capabilities wins over automotive distributor.

Subaru Canada. Simplified deployment and tight-knit integration with Lync presence capabilities wins over automotive distributor. Subaru Canada Simplified deployment and tight-knit integration with Lync presence capabilities wins over automotive distributor Subaru Canada Subaru Canada is responsible for the nation-wide distribution

More information

Decentralize Your Business Operations with Hosted VoIP Phone Systems

Decentralize Your Business Operations with Hosted VoIP Phone Systems White Paper Decentralize Your Business Operations with Hosted VoIP Phone Systems Contents Executive Summary....2 Five Benefits of Hosted VoIP....2 Benefit #1 support home workers....2 Benefit #2 cost effective

More information

Shared Services Canada Converged Communications

Shared Services Canada Converged Communications Shared Canada Converged Communications Architecture Framework Advisory Committee Transformation, Service Strategy and Design April 5, 2013 Agenda TIME TOPICS PRESENTERS 13:00 13:15 Opening Remarks and

More information

Cisco Collaboration: Improve Collaboration, Improve Business

Cisco Collaboration: Improve Collaboration, Improve Business Solution Overview Cisco Collaboration: Improve Collaboration, Improve Business Work is more interconnected than ever before. Employees are more empowered and want greater freedom in how and where they

More information

ServAssure Edge Visibility

ServAssure Edge Visibility ServAssure Edge Visibility PRODUCT OVERVIEW: ARRIS ServAssure Edge Visibility allows service providers to expand broadband service revenues while reducing operational and support costs through automated

More information

OPTICAL TRANSPORT NETWORKS

OPTICAL TRANSPORT NETWORKS OPTICAL TRANSPORT NETWORKS EVOLUTION, NOT REVOLUTION by Brent Allen and James Rouse Nortel Networks, OPTera Metro Solutions KANATA, Canada This paper describes how the deployment today of an Optical Network

More information

The changing face of global data network traffic

The changing face of global data network traffic The changing face of global data network traffic Around the turn of the 21st century, MPLS very rapidly became the networking protocol of choice for large national and international institutions. This

More information

The Next Generation Network:

The Next Generation Network: JULY, 2012 The Next Generation Network: Why the Distributed Enterprise Should Consider Multi-circuit WAN VPN Solutions versus Traditional MPLS Tolt Solutions Network Services 125 Technology Drive Suite

More information

Voice over IP Networks: Ensuring quality through proactive link management

Voice over IP Networks: Ensuring quality through proactive link management White Paper Voice over IP Networks: Ensuring quality through proactive link management Build Smarter Networks Table of Contents 1. Executive summary... 3 2. Overview of the problem... 3 3. Connectivity

More information

MPLS: Enabling Fixed-Mobile Convergence

MPLS: Enabling Fixed-Mobile Convergence MPLS: Enabling Fixed-Mobile Convergence Barry M. Tishgart Vice President, Managed Services 2006 11 10 SPRINT, the "Going Forward" logo, the NEXTEL name and logo and other trademarks are trademarks of Sprint

More information

Partner Growth Opportunities in the Evolving UC Market

Partner Growth Opportunities in the Evolving UC Market Partner Growth Opportunities in the Evolving UC Market Market Shifts Call for a Broader Skill Set and Portfolio 9847-64 March 2015 Contents Section Slide Numbers Executive Summary 3 Market Overview 7 Customer

More information

The Keys for Campus Networking: Integration, Integration, and Integration

The Keys for Campus Networking: Integration, Integration, and Integration The Keys for Campus Networking: Introduction Internet Protocol (IP) is considered the working-horse that the vast majority of current and future applications use as the key technology for information exchange,

More information

unified communications sourcing Making the right choice between on-premise, managed service, cloud and hybrid

unified communications sourcing Making the right choice between on-premise, managed service, cloud and hybrid unified communications sourcing Making the right choice between on-premise, managed service, cloud and hybrid On-premise, managed service, cloud or hybrid? We take a look at the reasons for choosing each

More information

BT One. Analyst and consultant update, September 2012. BT One. Communications that unify 1

BT One. Analyst and consultant update, September 2012. BT One. Communications that unify 1 BT One Analyst and consultant update, September 2012 BT One. Communications that unify 1 BT One Agenda Introductions Neil Sutton Vice President Global Portfolio BT One Overview Andrew Small Vice President

More information

Traditional PBX & Hosted VOIP Technology: The Key Differences & What They Mean For Your Business

Traditional PBX & Hosted VOIP Technology: The Key Differences & What They Mean For Your Business Traditional PBX & Hosted VOIP Technology: The Key Differences & What They Mean For Your Business CONTENTS Summary... 3 What s The Buzz About?... 3 What It Means For Businesses... 3 What It Means For Employees...

More information

White Paper. Open Source Telephony: The Evolving Role of Hardware as a Key Enabler of Open Source Telephony in the Business Market.

White Paper. Open Source Telephony: The Evolving Role of Hardware as a Key Enabler of Open Source Telephony in the Business Market. White Paper Open Source Telephony: The Evolving Role of Hardware as a Key Enabler of Open Source Telephony in the Business Market Produced For: Produced By: July 2006 The Evolving Role of Hardware as a

More information

Hosted Unified Communications: What You Need to Know to Determine if it is Right for Your Organization. An Industry White Paper from New Horizon

Hosted Unified Communications: What You Need to Know to Determine if it is Right for Your Organization. An Industry White Paper from New Horizon Hosted Unified Communications: What You Need to Know to Determine if it is Right for Your Organization. An Industry White Paper from New Horizon Summary Think for a moment about how many times each day

More information

Delivered. The Promise of Convergence,

Delivered. The Promise of Convergence, The Promise of Convergence, Delivered Communication is essential to business, but it is ultimately conducted at a personal level at the desktop and across the enterprise. So if you re considering a new

More information

Enhancing the User Experience with Cloud UC

Enhancing the User Experience with Cloud UC Enhancing the User Experience with Cloud UC by Blair Pleasant Enhancing the User Experience with Cloud UC Have you thought about moving your communications and phone system to the cloud? If so, you re

More information

Breaking up with your Landline Unified Communications: VoIP Phone Systems. MTUG Conference May 2014. service. proactive. value

Breaking up with your Landline Unified Communications: VoIP Phone Systems. MTUG Conference May 2014. service. proactive. value service proactive Breaking up with your Landline Unified Communications: VoIP Phone Systems value MTUG Conference May 2014 WELCOME!!! Ricoh Team: Dave McLaughlin, Solution Consultant, Ricoh USA Todd Milbrand,

More information

How to choose the right IP gateway for your VoIP migration strategy. Deployment note

How to choose the right IP gateway for your VoIP migration strategy. Deployment note How to choose the right IP gateway for your VoIP migration strategy Deployment note Introduction The purpose of this document is to understand the role a TDM to IP gateway has in providing a migration

More information

Ready for the challenges of tomorrow FOX615 Multiservice Platform

Ready for the challenges of tomorrow FOX615 Multiservice Platform Ready for the challenges of tomorrow FOX615 Multiservice Platform REC670 REC670 RTU560 560CID11 Today s challenges Utilities today face a variety of challenges Integration of existing infrastructure Utility

More information

Business Services: Hosted PBX And Beyond

Business Services: Hosted PBX And Beyond Business White Paper Business Services: Hosted PBX And Beyond Table of contents 2 Executive Summary 3 Legacy Environments 5 Solving the Communications Puzzle 6 Hosted PBX 10 Pulling it all together 12

More information

Axxess. Converged Communications Platform

Axxess. Converged Communications Platform Axxess Converged Communications Platform 2006 Connecting Business and Technology Businesses are constantly searching for better ways to help them overcome the difficult challenges they face in meeting

More information

Presented by. 2008 VendorGuru.com. All rights reserved. www.vendorguru.com

Presented by. 2008 VendorGuru.com. All rights reserved. www.vendorguru.com Presented by The Benefits of Business VoIP 2008 VendorGuru.com. All rights reserved. www.vendorguru.com The Benefits of Business VoIP Contents Introduction... 2 VoIP Technology: An Overview... 2 Benefits

More information

The Business Value of SIP Trunking: Moving to IP Drives Business Innovation

The Business Value of SIP Trunking: Moving to IP Drives Business Innovation The Business Value of SIP Trunking: Moving to IP Drives Business Innovation A Frost & Sullivan Executive Briefing Sponsored by Michael Brandenburg, Industry Analyst Unified Communications & Collaboration

More information

BUSINESS SERVICES: HOSTED PBX AND BEYOND

BUSINESS SERVICES: HOSTED PBX AND BEYOND Table of contents 2 3 5 6 10 12 13 Executive Summary Legacy Environments Solving the Communications Puzzle Hosted PBX Pulling it all together Where Next? Choose the Best Partner: Lightpath Executive Summary

More information

The Future of Phone Systems

The Future of Phone Systems 1900 Wright Place, Suite 250 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (888) 441-4466 The Future of Phone Systems What features to look for in 2015 2014 Business.com Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Future of Phone Systems:

More information