We know that Carrier Ethernet delivers both high-performance connectivity across the WAN and scalable, standardized, highly-reliabile services with QoS and service management. As a result, Carrier Ethernet is the service of choice for many applications including enterprise business connectivity, content distribution, video, wireless backhaul, financial services, and more. But, as the network transforms to meet the world of mega data centers and cloud services, a question comes to mind. Is Carrier Ethernet enough?
During last week’s MEF quarterly in Budapest, Hungary, I hosted a round-table on “Cloud Services and Carrier Ethernet.” Participants included service providers Colt, PCCW Global, Orange, Oteglobe, Tata, Verizon; members from the Cloud Ethernet Forum (CEF) members; as well as members from MEF’s Cloud Ethernet Focus Group and SDN Focus Group. This was a very interesting and open discussion. We focused on an enterprise to data center, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) application with Carrier Ethernet connectivity and bandwidth on-demand across the WAN. Here are a few highlights: