Vancouver, Washington – (The Hosting News) – November 28, 2006 –
According to EarthLink Inc. subsidiary, New Edge Networks, it has received more than 100 new requests for network proposals, which translates to more than $60 million, since it began marketing its MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching), last month.
New Edge has reported that more than 75 percent of the requests are for networks with fewer than 20 nodes or locations and from businesses representing various industries. New Edge believes that the reason for this surge, is that MPLS-based networks have reached mainstream business and small and midsize companies are clamoring for the new generation networks that help them converge voice and data applications over a single network, improve reliability, and cut total communications costs
Among the first several new MPLS contracts that New Edge Networks already has won are a two-location MPLS network for a pediatrics medical care center in New York, a seven-location multi-state network for an industrial supply company based in Minnesota, and a six-location network for a staffing firm in Washington state. Installation work on these and other MPLS networks is underway.
Greg Griffiths, Vice President of Marketing for New Edge Networks explained, ”This is clear indication that MPLS has reached mainstream business, at last enabling small and midsize businesses in diverse industries to level their competitive playing field, deliver better service to their customers, and improve profits. MPLS technology today is more standardized than ever, networking costs are becoming more affordable, and nimble and quick providers like New Edge Networks are able to provide the level of customer support that small and midsize businesses need but which is difficult for large communications companies to provide. These traditionally underserved small and midsize companies now have new choices for better supporting and growing their business.”
It is hoped that by using MPLS-based networks, businesses can converge their voice, video, and data applications over a single network to reduce total communication costs. MPLS allows businesses to prioritize network traffic and control quality of service, rather than buying more bandwidth for supporting existing and emerging applications such as Internet phone service or so-called VoIP, digital video monitoring, and real-time inventory management.
Florin Berevoescu, Manager of Information Technology for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center added, ”The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is committed to changing the lives of medically fragile children, one child at a time, and we need an efficient communications network to help us deliver compassionate quality healthcare. Working with a communications provider that cares as much for our two sites as we care for each child in our centers is an important consideration for selecting our service providers. New Edge Networks has been consistently responsive and flexible with the planning and installation of our network.” An MPLS network, powered by New Edge Networks, will link the pediatric center in Manhattan, NY, to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, NY.
Many small and midsize businesses generally do not have dedicated IT resources or are spread thin, preferring to do business with providers that can assume responsibility for managing the project from start to finish. New Edge Networks offers project management with all network installations, including on site installation work to ensure applications are properly connected to the new network. Therefore, it is believed that MPLS can be easier to deploy and manage than previous generation network solutions like Frame Relay. MPLS can use any blend of access technologies such as Frame Relay, ATM, DSL, and private lines.
Last month New Edge Networks introduced its MPLS offering that honors five classes of service across a customerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entire network, from customer location to customer location. The company is targeting small and midsize companies with 10 to 50 locations, though it can accommodate network requirements for large enterprises with hundreds or thousands of sites around the country.
New Edge Networks is using targeted direct mail and marketing campaigns to attract likely customers. The company recently hosted a webinar outlining the benefits of MPLS over other technologies as well as opportunities for both businesses as well as current and prospective selling partners. In addition, New Edge Networks also produced a whitepaper for helping small and midsize business customers understand and deploy MPLS networks for their business.
New Edge Networks, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of EarthLink Inc. (NASDQ: ELNK). New Edge Networks builds and manages private networks for businesses and communications providers. Through its nationwide backbone network with about 900 switches and Internet routers, New Edge Networks uses any blend of access technologies (xDSL, frame relay, ATM, cable, wireless, and satellite) for providing broadband connectivity at any business address in the United States. Network options include any combination of access, network management functions, and on-site installation services.
To learn more about the webinar, please visit: http://cmpnetseminars.com.
For more information about the whitepaper, please visit: www.newedgenetworks.com/products/mpls/.
To learn more about New Edge Networks, please visit: www.newedgenetworks.com.