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Enterprises Call On Carrier Ethernet

With telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) cranking up its Carrier Ethernet message, enterprise users are now eyeing the technology to support their virtualization, consolidation, and storage replication efforts. (See Verizon Exec Leads Ethernet Class.)

Speaking at Light Reading's latest GLOBALCOMM 2006 Master Class Series event in New York yesterday, Michael Tighe, director of strategy and business development at Verizon, explained that data centers and storage services will add to demand for high-bandwidth, carrier-class Ethernet. "What if you had as much bandwidth on your WAN as on your LAN?" he asked.

Carrier Ethernet, which offers users the ability to connect different locations at speeds ranging from 10 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s, is touted as a more reliable and scaleable alternative to such private-line technologies as ATM. Ethernet, according to Tighe, can deliver up to 10 times the performance of more traditional technologies for only twice the price.

"You have a lot of bandwidth, so it's a great way to consolidate data centers," explained the exec. Users can also use the technology to replicate data across remote sites, removing their reliance on tape technology, he added. (See Time Warner Talks About Lost Tapes, The Year in Insecurity, and Tape Security Trips Up Users.)

Verizon already offers a range of carrier Ethernet services, which start at $1,000 a month, as well as Ficon and Fibre Channel interfaces, although Tighe could not say exactly how many enterprises are using these offerings.

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