Pinnacle VPLS: A revolutionary cost saving technology
Pinnacle's virtual private LAN service (VPLS) allows customer networks, at geographically-diverse locations, to talk to each other as if they are on the same Local Area Network. Using pure Ethernet connectivity, VPLS technology facilitates the creation of a completely private, Layer 2 virtual cloud to which you can connect all of your offices in order to gain any-to-any connectivity. VPLS enables the provision of multiple services such as video, VoIP, storage and hosting over one pipe, commonly known as convergence; and, most importantly for security, keeps these services separate from each other. This allows users to consolidate their telecommunications requirements and benefit from resulting cost savings.
What makes VPLS stand out from other technologies that do a similar job?
i) Protocol - VPLS is a protocol-agnostic Ethernet solution which can support both IP and non-IP applications, saving our customers time and money from reduced administration.
ii) Architecture - The simplicity of the network as a switched solution means the addition of a new site can be done quickly and inexpensively via a VLAN, which means faster diagnosis and response to faults, and the customer's IT department is in control of the applications.
iii) Quality of service - The quality of service (QoS) of Layer 2 VPLS gives our customers the ability to measure very precise end-to-end service levels in terms of latency, packet loss and jitter - it can identify different traffic flows and automatically prioritise data according to the customer's definition of those priorities. Mission critical application traffic can now be identified and given a higher priority.
iv) Security - The security of a VPLS network is second to none as it is run in the Layer 2 environment which is not hackable. Furthermore, different VLANs can be presented as separate cables allowing, for example, the "clean" office network traffic to be separated from "dirty" public Internet traffic, enabling the customer to minimise the possibility of security breech.
v) Scalable bandwidth - Bandwidth changes on VLANs are made through simple software changes. This means that our customers are not restricted to buying bandwidth in large increments but can buy exactly as usage requirements dictate up to the limit of their physical access circuit’s capacity.
vi) Pricing - Low cost CPE, lower cost management systems, less support manpower required and a generally more efficient network means that the technology solution can be offered at a very competitive price.
vii) Future-proof – VPLS is fully scalable and, being protocol agnostic, it is suitable for all types of traffic, negating any need to rip out existing infrastructure should an upgrade be required.
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