What enterprises are looking for when it comes to Ethernet services

  • Expanded network options and continued investment earned AT&T four major Ethernet awards.

  • In the government sector: Ethernet services generated cost savings and accommodated growing bandwidth demands.

  • In the healthcare sector: Ethernet services were a game changer, meeting requirements for performance, reachability and cost.

No matter the size of your business, your aims are the same: to increase sales, improve revenues, or expand market opportunities. To achieve these goals, you have to collaborate in ways that are efficient and diverse enough to meet immediate business needs. Advances in network technologies empower your employees to be more productive through mobile devices, cloud access, and collaboration through voice, video, and social platforms.

At AT&T, we’ve expanded network options with significant investments in Ethernet that provide better opportunities for your business to adapt to technology changes. Recently we’ve been recognized for four major Ethernet awards from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and from Frost & Sullivan. Most notable is the North America Service Innovation of the Year award for delivering a customer-enabled, software-centric (SDN) capability for a dynamic way to deploy and manage network services.

But what’s really important is how our enterprise customers have responded and applied AT&T Ethernet solutions. Let’s take a look:

Best application recognized in the government and healthcare sectors

First let’s focus on the government sector, where the State of Louisiana realized a cost savings by moving from a Frame Relay service to an Ethernet solution. The reason? To accommodate growing bandwidth demands and prepare for applications such as Hosted VoIP services and new video services. The state laid the groundwork for consolidating IT resources and data centers while realizing efficiencies from voice and data convergence. AT&T Ethernet Service provides the scalable bandwidth that allows the state to select from numerous increments to match bandwidth requirements – from 2MB options for lower speed locations, up to 10GB options for data center connectivity. The state can scale bandwidth for locations as business needs dictate.

According to the State of Louisiana CIO Richard Howze, “Use of Ethernet positions the state for statewide deployment of VoIP services which decrease communications costs and create greater efficiencies that come with network convergence.”

See the details on the 2015 MEF Excellence Award for “Best Application of the Year – Government.” And take a look at the range of services AT&T brings to the public sector.

On the healthcare front, a national organization centralized its clinical applications for tens of thousands of physicians and clinics it supports. Many of its clinical applications (such as medical imaging) had very high-bandwidth and low-latency requirements. Increased competition and cost drove the redesign of the enterprise-wide WAN with an Ethernet solution.

The healthcare company now has the ability to provide cost-effective bandwidth within regional divisions, with much higher bandwidth into data centers than before.

“Performance, reachability, and cost are our requirements in providing critical medical applications to our clinicians and physicians across the country. Ethernet was the first solution to meet all of these requirements for the design of our next-generation enterprise architecture,” said the company’s enterprise architecture director.

“AT&T’s Ethernet is a game changer for our business strategy. It has allowed an increase in bandwidth at a much lower cost. The cost savings were used to create a diverse network, which has allowed for redundancy at all facilities without an overall increase in cost. This has taken our network to a new level which will provide more reliability and ultimately better patient care,” added the network provisioning manager.

We are proud to say that it was this solution that earned AT&T the 2015 MEF Excellence Award for Best Application of the Year – Healthcare. Discover how AT&T services support the continuum of care for hospitals and healthcare companies.

Lee Sheehan Senior Marketing Manager AT&T About Lee