Since the invention of the Ethernet, the throughput problem and architectural issues have been paramount in the development of LAN. Over the years, however, data throughput in Ethernet has become particularly crucial as faster processors are making it possible to build workstations and file servers that require faster and more secure network access. Today, as the industrial connectivity landscape grows exponentially, Ethernet has rapidly become the network of choice for the demanding environments. Owing to these facts, the global Ethernet market is expected to gross over $1 billion by 2022.
Following the emergence of Power over Ethernet (POE), which enables enterprises to transfer data and power seamlessly to POE enabled devices, a majority of organizations around the world are employing Ethernet technologies. Factors such as low maintenance, low cost, less downtime, easy installation among others are some of the technological advantages that are bolstering the use of Ethernet-based products over traditional network power cables. Furthermore, with the growing demands in mobility, increased complexity of networks to improve security, server virtualization, automation, and cloud-based services, businesses across market segments are collaborating with Ethernet services and consulting providers to optimize their networking capabilities.
Ethernet service providers, with their vast domain expertise, aid companies implement technologies while offering extensive development, testing, and maintenance services that improve workflows and product lifecycles. Keeping in mind the paramount importance of security, Ethernet service providers maintain the ability to delve into, and invest in enterprise network security programs in an attempt to drive progress in hybrid cloud and IT infrastructures.
Ethernet has already enabled multiple generations of high-bandwidth, cost-effective, standards-based connectivity for businesses, and Carrier Ethernet 1.0 and 2.0 have widened the reach beyond the original and perpetually growing LAN. Looking ahead, with 400Gb and 1Tb Ethernet under consideration for industrial and enterprise applications, future Ethernet technologies will aim to further simplify automated service delivery, enabling even greater possibilities to provide Ethernet connectivity as a commodity. These developments will particularly benefit cloud service provision via responsive, elastic connectivity. In other words, rather than contemplating a radical change of lifestyle in its forties, or even early retirement, Ethernet is facing an even wider adoption and ubiquity.
A distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and the Enterprise Networking Magazine’s editorial board has reviewed the top consulting/services companies in the Ethernet services domain. In our selection process, we looked at each of the vendor’s capability to fulfill the need for cost-effective and flexible consultation services in managing IT infrastructure and business communication. The shortlisted companies are at the forefront of tackling the challenges associated with Ethernet technologies by catering to the needs of the enterprise buyers and assisting them with cloud-based computing services, end-to-end content delivery, and other technical complexities. This list provides a preview into how networking services are utilized in the enterprise arena, and how the services can be used to streamline business operations. It also features insightful articles from several thought leaders.
We present to you Enterprise Networking Magazine’s “Top 10 Ethernet Consulting/Services Companies – 2019.”