Does your Business Need a Point to Point Leased Line?
Two questions that arise for a business operating in numerous locations are:
1) How is data transferred reliably between each one?
2) How does a single data centre connect to a number of other sites?
The internet? Well, yes, but it’s increasingly common for people to look for a more reliable, secure way of connecting without the distance putting either performance or security in jeopardy.
The solution? To install a leased line, providing a point to point connection between two sites. This way, a business has their own private secure link capable of delivering seamless multi-location networking.
What is a Point to Point Leased Line?
Point to point leased lines are delivered in much the same way as broadband connections or internet connected leased lines, the main difference being that point to point are provided via an all fibre circuit without copper cable.
Picture the scene. You’re staring out the window and see a street cabinet on the street corner (basically one of those big green metal boxes). A fibre optic link from the exchange runs to the cabinet and from there, another fibre cable brings the service into your building. Yes, point to point leased lines are a little more time-consuming and expensive to install, but you’re effectively paying for a dedicated connection loaded with significant advantages to your business. Let’s take a look at those advantages now.
· The line is synchronous.
Whether uploading or downloading, the maximum data speed is the same.
This is as opposed to broadband’s asynchronous line, whereby the upload speeds are generally about a twentieth of its download speed. Great for listening to your favourite artists on Spotify, of course, but far less so when backing up data to another site.
Looking specifically at the multi-location nature of a business, point to point comes in to its own in terms of sharing large data files between departments in different locations.
· Exclusive use
Broadband users must make do with sharing the same connection with people in the area, naturally slowing down its speed, an obvious example being in the evening when most people are online.
· Low latency
The delay in responding to requests for data is reduced, allowing both remote users and head office to enjoy a line with a much faster feel.
· Unrestricted volume of data transferred
Broadband users must face a limit on the amount of data they can transfer any given month or pay an additional charge. But what about so-called ‘unlimited’ broadband service I hear you ask? Often the ISP activates a ‘fair play’ clause if it detects overuse. Such concerns simply aren’t applicable to point to point leased line users.
· Increased security
Not dissimilar to having one big internal Ethernet network, the data on a point to point leased line is transmitted directly between your office locations, therefore creating minimal chance of interception, with the added security of encryption as well as login standards of your network minimising this further.
· Prioritising of traffic
Point to point leased lines allow for you to determine your own traffic priorities, whereby less critical transmissions such as archiving are pushed to the back of the queue.
The time is now for point to point leased lines. The question you must ask yourself, is are you willing to let your business be pushed to the back of the queue too?
So, What Can a Point to Point Leased Line Do for Your Business?
On top of the above advantages, you can also make use of video conferencing and VoIP telephony, with costs of communication cut by eliminating phone calls between sites.
If your business is currently using broadband circuits, your guaranteed uptime levels are lower than the 99.9% service availability on point to point lines, with your service level agreements (SLAs) reflecting the reliable connection. This is particularly important for around the clock business operations; processing orders all day long. The SLA should also guarantee you a better target fix time if and when problems arise, minimising potential money being lost.
Linking locations using point to point leased line connections means that you can offer your more location-fluid staff the same level and speed of service and access to corporate systems and data.
If servicing several sites from a central data centre and a seamless user experience across your systems for the entirety of your staff, wherever they may be, are the goals, then ditching the broadband and opting for a point to point leased line is without doubt worth considering.
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