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We've created Network Union Connect to help IT teams understand how their locations are situated across 9 major service providers including BT Business, BT Wholesale, COLT, Level 3, TalkTalk, SSE, Virgin Media, Vodafone and Virtual1.
The network reach map, featured above, allows potential buyers of leased line services to understand how they are positioned against serving nodes together with which provider is offering the lowest cost.
All quotations are available with or without a managed router together with a number of failover options including Broadband, 4G and Ethernet over FTTC depending on availability. We are able to specifically analyse options for your business to understand whether certain failover options may not be available.
Where maximum uptime is required, resilient access products allow us to design Ethernet capability with no single point of failure, subject to survey. And, we'll also provide the option to include Security and Cloud access with hosted voice packages or SIP where required.
We're known for our work as an Authorised Partner for BT, we've helped numerous organisations buy UK and Global connectivity. We've launched NU Connect in recognition that BT is not a good fit for every client. In this respect, our Connect platform allows any business to really understand which of the major service providers is a good fit from a reach perspective but also pricing.
Adding resilience to your BT leased line requires the addition of a diverse secondary circuit, RA02 Secure Plus. We will primarily design a solution which avoids any single point of failure (subject to survey). The success of any resilient and diverse solution surrounds the ability to connect into diverse building entry points, dual routers and dual tail circuits routed to separate exchanges.
Again, this is a real plus point regarding the discussion of network coverage since larger network providers can provision/route your traffic into diverse points within the network. With managed services, two managed routers are deployed configured as an HSRP pair. If one managed route fails, the failover would automatically re-route your Internet traffic.
As you would expect when connecting a second circuit, the overall costs will increase.
Services are also available with load balancing - the traffic is shared across two physical access which, again, may be diversely routed. The second circuit could be a lower bandwidth than the primary circuit depending on the traffic profile. With leased line bandwidth connection speeds available from 10MBits Ethernet through to 10Gbps within hosting sites, there's a little risk of congestion. Available managed (with router) or unmanaged.
BT leased lines offer a 1:1 performance guarantee, uncontended to ensure applications and data perform with a consistent level of speed and uptime. These features provide a competitive edge to your business. As an example, 35% of UK broadband consumers use BT's Internet services with peering agreements which mean 75% of users connecting to the Internet are only a hop away.
Flexing of bandwidth is easy: you're able to flex within 72 hours, so you only pay for what you need. With circuits typically based on 100MB Ethernet, you'll get plenty of bandwidth to avoid congestion.
BT Ethernet circuits are supported 24/7/365 with a 4 hour response time and 5 hour fix. The only exception if copper-based Ethernet First Mile (EFM) where the support fix time is typically around 7 hours.
In the corporate environment, it is important to protect users and your web presence. We ask about security to prevent illegal downloading of content - including optional services which safeguard your web presence against attacks.
A further more complex design is available called BGP multihomed architecture. This is where two ISPs are used to provide diversity and resiliency. Customers purchase their own AS (Autonomous System) number and essentially become part of the Internet.
Above. Leased Line failover.
All public Internet services require Firewall security to protect your userbase from external threats. With the addition of Cisco Meraki, BT (as an example) now offer the security licence to negate the need for an additional Firewall. In addition to general security, how your business intends to use the leased line from the perspective of applications must also be considered. If, for example, voice (VoIP) is to be used, the users traffic is typically segregated.
In the corporate environment, it is important to protect users and your web presence. Leased line services offer security to prevent illegal downloading of content. Selected ISP capabilities also offer optional services which safeguard your web presence against attacks.
The Internet Watch Foundations managed blacklist to prevent users from downloading illegal content. Providers also proactively monitor and protect the core network against denial of service attacks. There is also security accredited to BSI 7799 / ISO 17799 with optional distributed denial of service protection. Essentially, the service mitigates against traffic DDoS attacks, DoS floods, Protocol misuse, works and behaviour anomaly based attacks. If you're unsure about these terms, we'll explain over coffee.
DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) is an additional option available to clients.
Example PDF attached - BT Assure DDoS
IP Addressing is available - both IPv4 and IPv6 - but all applications must be justified to RIPE. In other words, let us know as soon as possible the amount of hosts on your network requiring a static IP address.
With regards to DNS, the typical email system is based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). SMTP allows the transmission of messages from one server to another.
Multiple mail servers may be used (if you have your own mail server) an SMTP outgoing mail service and a 2nd preference incoming mail service. This is based on standard SMTP protocols.
The services supported by the Mail platform are:
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We work with both Global & UK Enterprise clients helping them to implement the right Business Ethernet connectivity and maintain good practice throughout the contract. All sales are covered by our WAN architecture diagnostic approach (WADA): Enterprise level consultancy built in at no extra cost.
Our workflows will allow you to design a solution which will meet requirements. Whether you're looking for a single leased line circuit or a dual approach with diversity and resilience, Network Union will perform the work to ensure you conclude with a fit for purpose design together with the best possible leased line costs.
Providers range from the very small through to medium sized providers and then onto larger tier 1's such as BT. With the word 'premium' you might expect the line pricing to be significantly higher than the lower cost smaller providers. However, BT is typically never the lowest cost, but the pricing is not far out considering the scale and breadth of their leased line network.
One of the reasons dedicated leased lines have become competitive surrounds a couple of critical areas. The first is the limitations of broadband Internet speeds, in particular, upload. Even with some significant advances in fibre to the cabinet based services, the upload speed is still an issue for some organisations.
Also, with exception of FTTP, broadband is a copper based service which does not pose the same attributes as an end to end fibre based leased circuit. With clients suffering issues with poor quality copper, variable speeds and a higher incidence of downtime, a leased line has become more compelling than ever.
A further reason of why BT Ethernet is a great option for applications which are deployed over corporate Internet circuits. These apps range from delay-sensitive voice and video conferencing, cloud computing through to extranet and remote users requiring Citrix or SAP access to the network on a global basis.
If your budget is limited, the overall Ethernet 100MB leased line fibre pricing vs. FTTC broadband may well be an issue. We see pricing from £150 to around £1000 per month depending on the distance from the providers network. When you consider Business Broadband ranges from £20 to £50 per month, leased lines are a significant cost uplift depending on the size of your business.
The pricing of 1Gbps Ethernet is becoming significantly lower due to the increasing demand for this level of bandwidth. We have witnessed the demise of the 10Mbits circuits as 100Mbits speeds are now the lowest entry level within the marketplace. Readers should note that tiered circuits are the standard - for example; you could opt for 100Mbps tiered at 10Mbps. When using our quotation service, let our team know your preferred option.
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