1. The Most Compelling Carrier Ethernet Developments of 2012

    CEN Feature (Dec 13 2012)

    1. The Most Compelling Carrier Ethernet Developments of 2012

      2012 has been a big year for Carrier Ethernet, which continues to be one of the fastest growing areas within the telecom industry. I took a look back through the Carrier Ethernet News archives and pulled out what I would consider the most compelling developments for the year. Here they are in no particular order:

      1. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is introduced. Early in the year the Metro Ethernet Forum released a group of standards it called Carrier Ethernet 2.0 aimed at making it easier for service providers to interconnect their Carrier Ethernet services with one another. The new standards recommend specific configurations for parameters such as latency and jitter to support specific services. In addition they expand the number of Carrier Ethernet service definitions by adding virtual and non-virtual E-Tree and E-Access services. Carrier Ethernet News asked a lot of people what they thought of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 during the rest of the year – and we got a lot of different answers. While some people were underwhelmed, others said the support of a few important service providers will drive strong adoption.
      2. Greater recognition of the importance of Carrier Ethernet to cloud services. More and more providers of cloud services seem to be realizing that quality connectivity is essential to delivering quality cloud services. Amazon, for example, has created strategic alliances with specific network operators to sell connectivity with its cloud services. And Carrier Ethernet exchange operator Equinix has seen more and more cloud providers offering a high-end managed service by buying Ethernet transport through the exchange and bundling it with the cloud offering.
      3. Carrier Ethernet exchanges find new role in mobile backhaul. Ericsson and Verizon announced investments in Carrier Ethernet exchange operator CENX this year—and both investments were driven by an interest in using the Carrier Ethernet exchange to simplify the process of connecting to multiple providers of cellsite connectivity.
      4. End-to-end SLAs are now practical for multi-network connections. CENX this year introduced the ability to monitor connections end to end, even when the connection is based on interconnected circuits from multiple providers. And Inteliquent now offers end-to-end SLAs on Carrier Ethernet connections that rely on network-to-network agreements and points of presence that it gained when it purchased wholesale Carrier Ethernet network operator Tinet.
      5. Carriers get serious about G.8032. 2012 was a big year for G.8032 as network operators sought the ability to deliver to delivery end-to-end services across multiple self-healing rings. Network operators increasingly are viewing G.8032 as a more economical alternative for access and aggregation rings, Overture Networks Director of Solutions Development Scott Knox told us.
      6. Low-latency services expand beyond the financial market. Carrier Ethernet service providers initially deployed low-latency services to support high-speed algorithmic financial trading, shaving fractions of a second off the time it takes to transfer data between key trading points. But low-latency services are not just for the financial market any more. Other businesses that are getting interested in low-latency services include IT and pharmaceutical companies. To accommodate them, Carrier Ethernet service providers like Tata Communications are deploying low-latency circuits between city centers, not just between financial exchanges.

      In my next post I’ll look at what may lie ahead in the Carrier Ethernet realm for 2013.

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