Is your business on target for a digital transformation this year? Big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, IoT and other technologies are part of many company’s strategies to improve quality and efficiencies and reduce costs.

To take full advantage of these technologies, enterprises often need access to real-time business data, from KPI reports to supply chain logistics and inventories to market trends.

In addition, many organizations have multiple sites and offices that depend upon secure network connectivity between customers, employees, devices, apps, data and cloud environments. Network capacity must be capable of anticipating and fluctuating to meet day-to-day business requirements swiftly, without the necessity of extra onsite equipment.

With a Great Plains Communications managed business Ethernet connection with private wide area networking (WAN) connectivity, you can simplify the network infrastructure, making the network easier to plan, deploy and manage at scale. The flexibility of business Ethernet opens the door to a range of solutions that give you varying levels of control to meet the bandwidth, application, and security requirements you need—today and in the future.


Choosing a managed Ethernet offering for your business

Here is a technical requirements checklist when evaluating managed business Ethernet services:

  • Fiber
  • Connect locally, regionally and nationwide
  • Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 products certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)
  • Scalable bandwidth
  • SLA choices (real-time, mission critical, business class)


GPC Managed Ethernet Offerings

All GPC managed Ethernet services offerings are Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 certified, with a diverse core, 24x7x365 network monitoring, and unique fiber routes.

Ethernet Private Line (EPL) — High-speed, low-latency connections with predetermined paths for fast and reliable networking. A point-to-point port-based service that’s highly transparent, with service frames delivered with as few modifications as possible. Traffic within these frames is managed by the customer.

Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) — High-speed, low-latency connections from multiple corporate sites to headquarters or data center locations. This service type is a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint VLAN-based service where Great Plains Communications manages the VLANs for the customer.

Ethernet Private LAN (E-LAN) — Any-to-any, high-speed, low latency connections for a corporate WAN requiring routing control. An E-LAN multipoint-to-multipoint service connects two or more user network interfaces (UNIs) providing full mesh connectivity for those sites. Each UNI can communicate with any other UNI that is connected to that Ethernet service.

Great Plains Communications Managed Ethernet Services allows enterprises to trust their local and wide-area networks to local network experts, and concentrate on their own priorities. You can be confident that your Ethernet service will support your growth with scalable services, secure data transport, and application continuity.

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