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Global Crossing Expands Ethernet Portfolio

Global Crossing (GLBC) has announced it has added the Global Crossing EtherSphere family of services to the company’s Ethernet WAN transport offers. The new globally available services are EtherSphere Multipoint-to-Multipoint, EtherSphere Point-to-Multipoint and EtherSphere Point-to-Point solutions. They are available today as enterprise and wholesale offers in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and Latin America.

Previously available in the United Kingdom as a metropolitan Ethernet offer, the expanded EtherSphere Ethernet WAN transport family now offers customers ubiquitous, global Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS). EtherSphere solutions use familiar Ethernet technology for wide area transport of enterprise services, such as file sharing, e-mail, document management, enterprise resource planning, and real-time collaboration. The technology is reliable, can easily accommodate additional bandwidth in small increments, offers cost efficiencies traditionally associated with Ethernet, and interworks with other Global Crossing WAN solutions, such as Global Crossing IP Virtual Private Networks, the company said. The service is provided over Global Crossing’s dedicated MPLS backbone network to ensure high-speed, reliable, region-to-region connectivity and access to the Internet.

Global Crossing’s EtherSphere services support six classes of service that enable users to prioritize traffic to maximize bandwidth use and efficiency. The service also offers a usage-based billing component that helps enterprises more easily accommodate irregular and unpredictable bandwidth use, as well as more effectively manage their network costs. This is especially beneficial for backup and disaster recovery implementations.

The company’s comprehensive service delivery program, Service Express, also supports EtherSphere deployment. This helps ensure that means EtherSphere services will be delivered – ready for use – by the committed dates.


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