Connect multiple national sites, link datacentres, or operate virtual machine environments with an Ethernet Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Ethernet VPN: overview
Ethernet VPN (Virtual Private Network) makes it easy to share data and keep your people connected.
Use it to link all your sites across the UK securely, with your own private network that doesn't use the internet.
You can keep control of your budget with a flat-rate quarterly fee and no usage charges.
How Ethernet VPN works
An Ethernet Virtual Private Network connects your sites to our core network using a choice of access technologies through our Points of Presence (PoPs) around the UK.
There are two main components:
- Access circuits provide the physical connectivity to BT's network. These can be superfast (Generic Ethernet Access), fibre or copper (Ethernet in the First Mile) and come with a range of resilience options.
- Ethernet Virtual Connections (EVCs) define the connectivity between sites (hub and spoke; any-to-any; point-to-point) and allow you to set classes of service to prioritise traffic.
Ethernet VPN supports non-IP legacy technologies and new developments such as multi-cast and IPv6.
Included as standard with Ethernet VPN
Ethernet VPN has been certified by the CESG to impact level 2.2.4.
You also get to choose from a range of access types and speeds from 1Mbps to 1Gbps and port speeds from 200Kbps to 1Gbps. That way, you only pay for what you need.
Keep ownership and control of your IP architecture.
Run your network the way you want, choosing both the bearer type (1Mbps-1Gbps) and port speed (200Kbps-1Gbps) at each site, which makes it easy to add sites.
You’ll also keep control of your own Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), routers and
routing tables. You can set up and run things exactly as and when you like. We’ll provide guidance on how to get the most out of your new service – but if you’d like us to manage this for you, we’d be happy to.
Our standard availability guarantee is 99.93% availability.
Standard resilience uses a single optical fibre between the Network Terminating Equipment (NTE) at your site and our Point of Presence (PoP).
Latency target is <10ms.
Prioritise the applications and traffic that are most important to your business. And with jitter, latency and packet loss targets, you’ll be able to run time-sensitive applications like Citrix, IP Voice and video without reducing quality.
Optional extras for Ethernet VPN
We have 3 resilience options to choose from.
Protected service increases the target availability to 99.97%. This uses a second diversely routed optical fibre, which automatically switches if the link fails between our PoP and your site.
Diverse service increases your useable bandwidth and target availability to 99.998%. This provides a second diversely routed optical fibre between our PoP and your site with a second NTE.
Diverse Plus service increases your useable bandwidth and target availability to 99.999%. This is provided via two different PoPs and optical fibres to your site. This reduces the potential downtime of your most important sites to just 25 minutes over a 5-year contract.
Our standard service target availability is 99.93%, but we have even higher levels of protection available.
Our experts will discuss your requirements to help ensure that your resilience option meets your business needs.
We can look after your network with a fully managed service.
You won’t have to worry about design, installation, or maintenance because we take care of everything. We can monitor your network 24/7, spotting and fixing any problems, should they occur.
FAQs for Ethernet VPN
The cost depends on various factors, including the number of sites you want to connect, the distance between them, the bandwidth that you need, and your choice of access technology.
You can have different bandwidths and access technologies at different sites.
We can connect your sites to our core network using a choice of access technologies. There are two main components:
Access circuits provide the physical connectivity to BT's network. These can be superfast (Generic Ethernet Access), fibre or copper (Ethernet in the First Mile) and come with a range of resilience options.
Ethernet Virtual Connections (EVCs) define the connectivity between sites (hub and spoke; any-to-any; point-to-point) and allow you to set classes of service to prioritise traffic.
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