Understanding Carrier Ethernet Throughput: Am I Getting the Throughput I Should Be Getting?

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Executive Summary

Globalization, virtualization, and mobile computing drive a seemingly insatiable demand for bandwidth, and only Carrier Ethernet efficiently scales up to meet this demand. Customers seeking high performance business Ethernet services can now easily purchase faster Ethernet connections at 10 Mbit/s to 1 Gbit/s and beyond. But sometimes users believe they are receiving lower throughput than they expected. This perception can be due to poor application performance which is caused by factors un-related to Ethernet service throughput. Many IP and application layer factors affect a user's application experience when utilizing an Ethernet service, most of which are under their own direct control.

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