Can Broadband *Truly* Replace T1 for a Business?Locked
Given the state of “faster” broadband technologies (5 Mbps to 9 Mbps Cable and DSL) and Broadband “Business Services” catering to true business needs, etc., why would one decide to look for leased T1 connections versus, say, a business-class Cable or DSL connection? I’m looking for a pro/con list and a discussion over whether broadband can actually be considered a point-for-point replacement for a T1 in the business arena. I’m not seeing how the traditional T1 route can justify its costs any more. Maybe someone with a little more longevity in this industry or more WAN connectivity experience than I can weigh in on this.
Example: A medium-sized business needing true 24/7/365 connectivity, prividing online content to nation-wide customers. In a situation like this, things like uptime SLA’s, static IP’s, (possibly) hosted DNS servers, Cisco router/PIX connectivity and compatibility, etc. become true issues. Typically, a business like this might opt for the standard 1.544 Mbps T1 with a failover connection to a (gasp) ISDN 128k or something of that ilk. But why not go with redundant Cable or DSL connections now?
Multiple public IP addresses?
Customer Support turnaround times?
Supported WAN protocols?
Single points of failure?
Any well thought-out comments are appreciated (I don’t want this thread to wind up being a “look how much faster my DSL tops out at vs. your Cable connection” flame war).