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June 25, 2010
XO Communications Intros XO Ethernet VPLS To Offer Better Ethernet Networking Capabilities
By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor
 
XO Communications (News - Alert), a provider of advanced broadband communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers, has announced to launch XO Ethernet VPLS along with the introduction of enhanced capabilities of the XO Ethernet Services portfolio.
With the help of XO Ethernet VPLS, businesses, large enterprises and government agencies are able to transform their Ethernet local area networks into wide area networks in a convenient and cost-effective way, so that their key offices and data centers can be connected to offer the applications to end users. Integrating the simplicity and scalability of a unified Ethernet network and the application-aware capabilities of MPLS, the solution helps customers in managing and enhancing the performance of voice, video, data and business applications across within their wide area networks.
The solution is especially useful for the multi-location organizations that aim at simplifying the management of their wide area networks and facilitate control of all or parts of their networks apart from enhancing their application and network performance. It is compatible with a range of XO IP and network services, such as XO Dedicated Internet Access and XO MPLS IP-VPN on the same Ethernet circuit. Enterprises can deploy it flexibly, selecting from various bandwidth options available from 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
The XO Ethernet VPLS is a layer 2 VPN solution and fulfils the needs of the customers that prioritize network security and instead of sharing routing protocols with the service provider, want to maintain control of their routing themselves. Further, the solution is equipped with a protocol independence feature, which helps the customers in supporting both IP and non-IP applications, particularly beneficial for the customers who want to migrate away from costly frame relay and private line-based networks.
According to Tom Hobika, Vice President of Product Management & Sales Engineering, XO Business Services at XO Communications, today's enterprise networks are growing more complex in terms of the increasing number of applications and bandwidth demands they are required to support. Hobika noted that customers with distributed locations know that traditional data networks are expensive to maintain, operationally complex and not flexible enough to support the realities of today's enterprise IT environment, while Ethernet is the de facto local area network technology, and XO Ethernet VPLS enables organizations to extend the familiarity, simplicity and cost-effectiveness of Ethernet for wide area networking to meet these challenges.
Previously this month, XO Communications announced that fully managed low latency market data solutions provider ACTIV Financial has picked XO's 10 Gbps wavelength services to improve connectivity between ACTIV's Chicago and New York data centers.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight


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