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Ethernet Wide Area Networking, Routers or Switches and Making the Right Choice

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Executive Summary

Various industry sources show trends in globalization and distribution, of employees moving towards the branch. Branch office users comprise 30 to 90 percent of enterprise employees globally, with remote locations and users consuming 70 to 90 percent of business resources. To be successful, these employees require access to the same applications, systems, and tools as employees located at a corporate headquarters. They need a borderless network, where one can turn up any service, anywhere at any time. Furthermore, when working with these tools, they expect the LAN-like user performance found in headquarter offices. They expect a borderless network with a high quality user experience. Fueling this branch movement are advances in branch access speeds. The primary technology for this advancement is Ethernet Wide Area Networks.

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