How to check LES availability using Netify?

In this Knowledge Base article, we outline the process to identify which service providers are best suited to your postcode together with the latest pricing and offers.

The traditional LAN Extension Service (LAN) is typically used to connect locations over a relatively short distance within metropolitan areas. With complete privacy, low latency and dedicated Ethernet bandwidth, circuits are ideal for applications such as SAN (Storage Area Network) or simply to connect your offices and data centres over layer 2 connections.

Alongside dedicated circuits, service providers also offer Pseudowire any to any, point to point and multipoint. Pseudowires offer circuit emulation to deliver LES over greater distances across the UK and on an international basis. Readers should note that circuit emulation does not offer the same low latency and privacy offered with dedicated LES products.

We typically think of BT when considering LES connectivity but today there are several other telco service providers offering point to point and multipoint dedicated private fibre circuits. However, using Netify, IT teams can use Netify to evaluate the leading top LES provider options in addition to BT Business.

Step 1

Please visit the following link to bring up the pricing tool.

LES circuits are normally procured as wires only DIY. However, there are a number of options to help IT teams as follows:

  1. DIY
  2. DIY with Professional Services
  3. Co-Managed
  4. Fully Managed

Step 1 - LES Pricing and Availability

Step 2

Select your service providers, we currently offer access to BT Business, Masergy, GTT, Century Link, Cogent and Expereo. The Netify team will use our internal tools to acertain which service provider is closest to your postcode.

Step 2 - LES Pricing and Availability

Step 3

Select your required contract term. Please note that 60 month terms attract the most discount, 12 month terms do not offer any discounted rates.

Step 3 - LES Pricing and Availability

Step 4

Select your site quantity - Netify currently supports up to 20 sites. If your project is larger than 20 sites, please get in contact to request our Excel template.

Step 4 - LES Pricing and Availability

Step 5

Enter the address detail, bandwidth and service type. With LES requests, please either select VPLS (covers VLL) or point to point for dedicated low latency fibre.

Step 5 - LES Pricing and Availability

Step 6

We typically return UK pricing within a few days. International pricing will take longer to complete, the team will endeavour to return availability and costs as quickly as possible.

What options are available across LAN Extension Services?

SHDS

  • Short Haul Data Services is the naming convention used to describe the traditional LES circuit.
  • Security is up to CESG impact level 2.2.4 (depending on service provider)
  • Available up to 35km radial distance between your locations

VPLS

  • VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) offers layer 2 connectivity across MPLS.
  • Available across the UK and internationally.
  • Latency is higher vs dedicated SHDS fibre connectivity.
  • VPLS is essentially the layer 2 version of layer 3 MPLS.

VLL

  • VLL (Virtual Leased Lines) are emulated SHDS circuits.
  • Available as point to point or multipoint circuits.
  • Available across the UK and internationally.
  • Latency is higher vs dedicated SHDS fibre connectivity.

Optical

  • Optical wavelength services delivering high bandwidth circuits.
  • 10GE, nx10GE, 40GE and 100GE point-to-point connectivity.

What resilience service options are available?

Diversity is available (subject to survey) with either dual diverse PoP (Point of Presence) circuit routing or single PoP termination. With either solution, full circuit separation will be attempted (Subject to survey) to avoid any single point of failure. The budget will increase for a true diverse solution due to the longer distance of the second circuit to achieve complete circuit separation.

What SLA is available across LES circuits?

The SLA varies from provider to provider but in the main, guarantees covering latency, support and fix times are available, The normal fix time associated with MTTR (Mean time to Repair) is around 4 hours from evaluation of the issue.