Creating Powerful Business IT Systems
Who needs Managed Network Services?
Following the mass uptake of IT systems in business and a paramount need for full-time connectivity over the past 20 years, a number of different internet and networking options have emerged. These options are designed to optimise for a variety of needs including peer-to-peer connection speed, global access, rapid uploading and cross-network sharing and telecoms. These options are contingent on the number of sites, the strength of the connection and the compliance factors involved (if transferring data outside of the UK).
Internet and Networking Options
Depending on specific customer requirements, Kevin James offer simple solutions for smaller business and advanced network builds for larger organisations. These networking options come with a wide-variety of advantages including cost reduction, budget predictability and enhancements to productivity.
We offer a reliable and professional service, with fully trained, qualified engineers and clear SLA’s. We also offer network consultancy services for future development.
ADSL. Internet connections of upto 24 Mbps.
ADSL is the perfect option for smaller businesses with only a couple of sites. It takes advantage of reduced cost and offers increases to download speeds if the network is kept busy. ADSL connection speeds vary from 8Mbps to 24Mbps depending on certain factors including distance to the exchange.
What is ADSL?
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is a setup for transmitting digital information at a high bandwidth on existing copper phone lines to homes and businesses. ADSL simultaneously accommodates analog (voice) information on the same line.
This networking type is asymmetric, meaning that download speeds are significantly faster than upload speeds.
ADSL Max was the first rate-adaptive ADSL service launched in the UK, offering capped bit-rates of 8Mbps down and 832 kbps up. The home version offers 448 kbps upload, where the premium version, designed for businesses, uses 832 kbps. Many businesses who setup their internet many years ago, or who have not seen upgrades in their phone lines, still use this format.
ADSL2+ (2 Plus) and ADSL2
Following pressure from regulators, BT later lifted the cap on speed through an updated version of their standard ADSL connection called either ‘2 plus’ or ‘2’. Both of these types of connections are interchangeable, offering 24 Mbps down and 1.2 Mbps up, dependant on distance from the telephone exchange and the length and quality of the copper pair (not the distance as the crow flies).
ADSL2+ Annex M
ADSL2+ Annex M can operate at faster upload speeds at the expense of download. This is known generally as just Annex M, and offers an upload speed of up to 3 Mbps. This is a service offered by alternative providers to BT, who run special exchanges to manage large upload packages.
Setting up a network on ADSL
Setting up a network across ADSL such as shared drives, protected spaces for financial documents and VoIP has distinct advantages.
If you are interested in learning more about this process then why not arrange a meeting?
We will help find the best option to match your business.
VDSL. Internet connections of upto 80 Mbps.
The introduction of VDSL in 2001 has had a huge impact on businesses worldwide. Using the same infrastructure type as ADSL, except moving the connections closer together, this setup can leverage a far faster bandwidth through copper cables, offering upto 80Mbps download and 16Mbps upload speed. With this setup, a business is capable of streaming HD video feeds, VoIP and allowing general internet access over a single network connection.
What is VDSL?
VDSL, or Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line, is the fastest available DSL (digital subscriber line) with the ability to transmit data in the 13 Mbps – 85 Mbps range over short distances. This distance is usually between 1000 and 4500 feet (300 – 1500 meters).
Just like ADSL – the shorter the distance and higher the quality of copper, the faster the connection rate.
Go even faster! Upto 300 Mbps.
VDSL2, the update to this method, was released in 2005 and is capable of carrying upto 300Mbps both upload and download, with a theoretical maximum of 350 Mbps. This setup requires the main high-speed link (e.g. a fibre optic connection) terminates at a hub near the customers’ location.
Reduce your spending too.
On a VDSL2 setup, existing copper wire infrastructure is used to carry super-fast high speed connections for short distances. It can be deployed from central offices with fibre-optic connected cabinets located near customer premises, or within buildings.
In addition to bringing a huge increase to speed, VDSL consumes less power by favouring a line coding scheme called Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). This option is extremely popular for central offices.
The need for speed.
With more and more devices added to networks every day, the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become the main source of business monitoring and even operations. From mobile devices connecting to Cloud-based services right through to sensors, CCTV, operational machines, scanners, printers, PDA’s, Air Conditioning units and music players, the trend towards technological integration looks set to be of critical importance in reducing spending and increasing productivity.
In some fields, adoption of the IoT infrastructure will offer key advantages over competition, requiring a robust super-fast internet connection.
What’s the best connection you can get?
Book a meeting with us now for a free internet and networking consultation.
Fibre Ethernet. Rapid Internal Networking.
Fibre Ethernet is often an emergent requirement for medium-sized businesses as they scale up their operations. The amount of data carried on the network, and the ratcheting importance of backups and security, prompts businesses to invest in their IT infrastructure and reduce ongoing cost.
What is Fibre Ethernet?
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) allows superfast internal transfer of data (10 Gigabit) by running LANs and SANs through lossless Ethernet while preserving the fibre channel connection (ie. Not actually ‘using up’ the line). It can drastically reduce the number of cards, switches, adapters and cabling.
The main benefit of this setup is backups – which are able run in real time without disrupting other network connections.
We deliver tried and tested FCoE solutions
Combining a Fibre Channel protocol and an enhanced 10-Gigabit Ethernet physical transport expands the available options for SAN connectivity, means faster network connections and better backups or mirrors. This means that following downtime, recovery is almost seamless and cross-network sharing in general is rapid.
Ethernet storage connections also simplify data management and can ease the greater financial burden of migrating to a unified Ethernet infrastructure over time (if this is included within a roadmap). This often applies to large WAN setups, such as schools or large office buildings.
MPLS. Advanced Networking.
For larger organisations with a multitude of sites in the UK and / or abroad, we work with leading providers to create the best MPLS setup for our clients. This includes the creation of an RFQ / RFP and management of the switchover process.
What is MPLS?
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a type of data-carrying technique for high-performance telecommunications networks. It is an approach which values rapid management of data by using very short labels rather than long network addresses for data packets. These labels are preconfigured and assigned to a forwarding equivalence class (FEC), much like the difference between a full postal address and a postcode. This allows for almost seamless data transfer from one location to the next and avoiding complex lookups in a routing table.
In essence this means that a network is preconfigured to manage almost any request made to it, meaning it doesn’t have to think about what to do with it every time. Imagine it’s the difference between making a decision you have never made before, and one you make all the time. This technique is essentially helping computers to learn how to deal with recurring choices efficiently.
Our advanced networking service establishes full speed connectivity across a business.
Robust, Resilient and Rapid.
Networks designed with common sense in mind.
Reduce Overall Spend.
Moving to Kevin James can dramatically reduce your network spend.
Communicate more effectively
A range of connectivity tools link all systems..
High Quality Internet
We work with leading providers, such as Zen internet, to provide a world-class service.
World-class data centres
Multiple services from a single circuit with a suite of data and voice services.
24/7/365 Internet Support
UK-based 24/7/365 support team proactively monitors network uptime.
Why choose us?
At Kevin James we combine carrier-class technologies and extensive expertise to deliver a network that is capable of meeting the needs of evolving businesses.
We have invested time and money into providing a world-class service. This includes a build process that is tailored to individual requirements and ensures optimal usage of all available resources. In addition, we offer a single point of contact with no need to use multiple providers, offering the full range of network services including Internet access, hosted sharing services, LAN and WAN setups, Wireless LAN convergence and Endpoint Management across all devices.