An Example of a Commsworld Fluency WAN Infrastructure

Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Using its fully owned and operated Fluency network, Commsworld has extensive experience delivering private Wide Area Networks for customers with multiple sites. Offerings include fully managed Layer 3 VPN solutions as well as wires-only Layer 2 VPLS delivery.

What is L3VPN?
 
If you operate multiple sites across your organisation, you naturally want to be able to reach from your local network at one site to your local network at another.  This might be between branches, from a branch to your datacentre, or even from your datacentre to your backup hosting in a public cloud (such as Amazon or Azure).  Commsworld’s Layer3 VPN service is a fully managed IPVPN infrastructure than spans your entire organisation and beyond, giving you full any-to-any reachability across your estate.
 
What is VPLS?
 
VPLS stands for Virtual Private LAN Service.  Like L3VPN it provides any-to-any connectivity between sites, however it is delivered as a Layer 2 Ethernet service, providing much more flexibility than your average Wide Area Network. The easiest way to think of VPLS is like a big virtual Ethernet switch in the sky. Fluency provides an Ethernet-based connection to each of the customer’s sites, which connects you to the ‘switch’. Just like a managed Ethernet switch, each tail or ‘port’ can be configured however you like, but the basic principle is that they act as a pseudo-wire, i.e. they carry all the VLAN tags, Class-of-Service labels and any other data sent by your own Ethernet equipment to the other sites.
 
How does it work?
 
Commsworld’s L3VPN and VPLS services are delivered over its fully owned and managed carrier-grade Fluency MPLS network, built on Juniper’s best-of-breed MX routing platform.  Connectivity can be provided on a range of circuit types, available nationally and internationally using the Fluency on-net presence where it exists, and a wide array of 3rd party network operators where it doesn’t.  There isn’t a corner of the country we can’t serve. 

Commsworld has deployed dozens of Wide Area Networks for national IT integrators, public sector organisations and some of Scotland’s most successful blue chip companies.