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EPL - Untangling the Wires and the Jargon

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Businesses are communicating and operating in the virtual sphere at a higher rate than ever before. Given the realities of society and technology, this will only increase in scope over the coming years. There are myriad solutions available to assist companies in dealing with their connectivity issues. Many are commonly known and your business may even have one or two, but some are not as well known. In order to make the best decision about your businesses needs, it is best to have all of the information available.

An Ethernet Private Line (EPL), also referred to as Point to Point Internet, connects geographically separated business locations with dedicated high speed access to one another. There are many uses for this, but the most important part of EPL is that it’s dedicated. That means that data use is not subject to traditional Internet slowdowns and bandwidth problems. In most configurations, it doesn't even use the regular Internet backbone.

An EPL is a closed network interface, meaning it is completely private and incredibly secure. Data encryption is not even necessary as nothing is sent via the regular Internet. Think of it as an internal company intranet, but one capable of connecting multiple locations together with one high speed link. 

At this point, you may ask, what functions can I use EPL for? And the answer is, the possibilities are as limitless as you need them to be.

Any kind of back and forth communication normally done over a phone or data line is possible on an EPL. Remote access to company files and servers, backing up sensitive data, and direct communication between remote sites and the home office will work more quickly. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is the process of using Internet connectivity to make and receive telephone calls. It’s still subject to the bandwidth restrictions from your service provider. Using VOIP over an EPL connection is fast and reliable, speedy enough even for video teleconferencing. Most important of all, every service you use it for is not able to be compromised due to its secure nature. No one outside of the EPL connections will have access to your data.

Another useful feature of an Ethernet Private Line is the ability to adapt its functioning to whatever your business needs. One EPL connection can be configured in many ways, simultaneously carrying data, voice, Internet access, and video over the same high speed connection. With speeds reaching up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), you will not find any slow downs or hiccups in connectivity.

Every service provider knows that you have many options when choosing your company's data configuration. It is up to you to determine if that means traditional Internet provided in a standard fashion, or a more robust version of connectivity. This service is one that will definitely allow you to continue to grow and be successful, without having to worry about bandwidth and security concerns. When it comes to protecting your data and sensitive files, it pays to also couple that security with the means and speed to transport them to all of your remote operating sites. You may not have heard of this service before now, but it is in your best interest to give it a look. 

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