In the past, enterprises could rely on an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to reliably handle their internet traffic.
However things have changed and many ISPs can no longer be expected to allow unlimited, neutral access to the internet. Here are a few reasons why:
ISPs are reducing your bandwidth
Some service providers are feeling the pinch when it comes to bandwidth usage on their networks and are taking steps to manage this. One way they do this is through reducing a user’s total bandwidth. If a user uses “too much” data in a month, they reduce their total bandwidth in order to limit their impact on the network and to reduce the cost of providing sufficient bandwidth to all users.
ISP networks aren’t always using the most efficient routing
Getting traffic from point A to point B on the Internet is not that simple. Different networks have different service agreements with other ISPs and backbone providers which affect how your data is routed across the Internet. For example, your ISP may choose to “take the scenic route” when routing your traffic through a network because it will save them money.
Net Neutrality is becoming less of a concern for many service providers
There was a time when all ISPs treated traffic neutrally – regardless of whether you were sending an email, playing a game or watching Youtube, your ISP made sure that data all had the same level of priority on their network. However, as application and user demands for bandwidth grow, ISPs have begun to treat various types of traffic differently in order to better manage their networks, or, in some cases, to increase their profits.
Some consider a Virtual Private Network (VPN) a solution to these issues, however, your VPN will still depend on the performance and availability of your ISP. As a result, more enterprises who are serious about the performance of their cloud solutions are considering switching to a private connectivity solution.
What is a private connectivity solution?
A point-to-point connection simply refers to a connection that exists only between two communication endpoints or nodes. Point-to-point data connections can use a type of WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) technology called DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing), which allows a point-to-point connection to transmit data over much longer distances.
Point-to-point connections can also use Carrier Ethernet technology, a type of higher bandwidth ethernet, to create a long distance private connectivity solution.
What are the benefits of switching to private connectivity over using a regular ISP connection?
Switching over to a private connectivity solution can provide you with a number of benefits, including:
- Improved reliability
- Guaranteed and symmetrical bandwidth
- Low latency and very high speeds
- Increased security and encryption
- Fixed costs
- Improved performance over a regular ISP connection for your cloud or other online based services
- Extending the reach of your network without impacting performance
If you are looking for a provider who can offer you these benefits and who you can trust with all your communication needs, be sure to take a look at TERALINK Solutions’ International Connectivity solution. For more information about this product, or any of Teralink’s other services, book a call with one of TERALINK’s expert consultants.