* Note – this is the second in a series of three blogs from RCN and TNN examining the Top Three Trends Transforming Business Communications

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.10.01 PMAccording to Cisco Visual Networking Index, business IP traffic is expected to triple between 2012 and 2017. What does this mean for you? Ethernet services are enabling mid-sized businesses, with two or more locations, to create local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs).  That means faster data transmission over a dedicated fiber connection. It means big bandwidth within anyone’s reach.

Monthly data charges have become more in line with smaller budgets and one-time start-up hardware costs are much lower than those of companies choosing TDM/Frame Relay and T-1s as their network solutions. All you need is a switch or a router with standard Ethernet ports and you have Ethernet. It’s that easy. Information and data-driven businesses with multiple locations such as medical, law, architectural and advertising offices are early adopters of these Ethernet network solutions.

Ethernet has long been the standard for connecting a Local Area Network (LAN). Now, it is possible to connect other locations via a point-to-point, secure Ethernet connection. Ethernet can be used to connect hundreds of sites with a low-latency, high-bandwidth connection. Since most LANs use Ethernet, expanding it to include a Wide Area Network can simplify network management as existing IT resources will be familiar with Ethernet infrastructure.

Ethernet speed has been increasing by leaps and bounds. Bandwidth usage by small and medium-sized businesses is expected to continue growing rapidly. Which applications use the most bandwidth? According to InformationWeek, the top offender is video, including videoconferencing, a vital tool for business. Other high-bandwidth business applications include CRM and large file transfers.

This rapid growth and the increasing hunger for data capabilities have spurred Ethernet on. In the past, the only solution for growing bandwidth was to add additional T-1s to the network. This required additional service calls, extra equipment and added installation costs. Ethernet connectivity has made it much easier to grow bandwidth as business needs grow. In most cases, bandwidth can be increased by making a simple provisioning change using existing equipment.

For more information, read the entire free eBook from RCN, titled, “Top Three Trends Transforming Business Communications.”

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