Bandwidth to Support Convergence
Convergence means combining or converging voice, data and video
onto a single network. Enterprises usually need to expand their
LAN bandwidth and set up a QoS or Quality of Service priority
system to give priority to real-time streams such as telephone
calls or video conference feeds, which are more sensitive to network
delays than data transfers. Most often, the common protocol for
convergence is IP.
What does Convergence mean?
Convergence is the merging of voice, data and often video onto
a single network. Most often that network is a company LAN with
enough bandwidth to accommodate all users and QoS or Quality of
Service control to ensure high quality voice and video transmissions.
What does flooding mean?
Flooding is a Ethernet process whereby switches that do not know
the destination for data packets they receive send that data to
all ports and wait for a reply to discover the actual address.
What is a Service Level Agreement?
An SLA or Service Level Agreement is often part of the contract
between a business and telecom carrier for line services such
as carrier Ethernet.The SLA spells out the expected availability
of the line service and what penalties the carrier is liable for
if the line doesn't perform as stated.
What is the Cost Advantage
of Carrier Ethernet
Where available, Ethernet transport services from competitive
carriers may cost less than half the lease price of DS3 service
for over twice the bandwidth. The difference in cost between SONET
optical carrier service and Gigabit Ethernet WAN service is even