Most people are probably familiar with Ethernet cables as the main cabled standard for connecting to the internet. Perhaps your home’s or office’s wireless router is plugged into the wall with an Ethernet cable, or perhaps you’ve connected a gaming system or cable/satellite box at home to the internet with an Ethernet cable. What you might not know, though, is that Ethernet cables are a useful way to connect two or more groups of computers directly to one another – and not just if they’re in the same room or building!
In another article, we wrote about metro Ethernet as a format many are investing in for easily, cheaply, and securely connecting many groups within a metropolitan area to the internet. However, local or metropolitan area networks are not just useful for connecting individual nodes to the World Wide Web. Local connectivity between different offices or branches is integral to many organizations or businesses’ workflow strategies.
For many less bandwidth-intensive operations, some sort of cloud-based or other internet-based connectivity suffices. If the largest cross-office data transfer your company or organization requires is the transmission of non-classified spreadsheets, for examples, a solution like local internet connections routed through Google Docs or Microsoft OneDrive will probably give you what you need. However, many require both more security and more bandwidth. For these users, an Ethernet private line can be a cost-effective, efficient solution.
Ethernet technology was first developed in the mid-70s, but it has been updated a great deal since then. At first, Ethernet cables could only transfer a few megabits of data per second; with the development of fiber optic technology, however, the Ethernet standard can now accommodate upwards of 100 gigabits per second. While these speeds are not reachable over the kinds of distances an Ethernet private line can span, speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second are not uncommon.
To transfer data between offices using the Internet requires a series of steps. First, each office must be connected to the internet, which requires going through an Internet service provider, or ISP. This means that, if office A is attempting to send something to office B, the data is routed through the ISP on both ends, as well as an online storage service. If one office’s connection or ISP falters, the connection will no longer be effective. However, Ethernet private line service streamlines the process. Instead of dealing with two separate Internet connections and the online storage service, Ethernet private line service connects two local networks with just one step in the middle – the Ethernet private line service provider. This results not only in increased speed and efficiency, but also in a reduction of the amount of services which can fail or falter. Given the reliability of many Ethernet private lines, as well as the sensitivity and importance of much of the data Ethernet private line users are transferring, a well-implemented Ethernet private line can actually mean the difference between a company’s failure and success.
In conclusion, Ethernet private lines are a great way to facilitate fast, private data transfer between multiple points. By using the ubiquitous Ethernet format – the industry standard – many organizations and companies are discovering that Ethernet private lines are far more effective and efficient, not to say secure, than comparable cloud-based connectivity solutions. Why not skip the middleman and connect directly, with an Ethernet private line?