Internet / Enterprise
Are Point-to-Point (P2P) Links Right for Your Enterprise?
What is a Point to Point Connection?
How P2P Networks Work
P2P Network Use Cases
Pros of P2P Connectivity
- Speed: P2P uses private leased lines along predetermined routes, resulting in lower latency given you are avoiding transmission over the public internet. This makes your circuits more reliable and predictable. However, ensuring low latency for your most important applications is up to your network engineers to prioritize traffic (i.e. your lunch time YouTube binge shouldn’t be prioritized over the CEO’s VoiP conference call).
- Bandwidth: P2P links supply enough bandwidth to support high applications, such as Voice over IP (VoIP) and disaster recovery (DR) that transmit lots of data. We typically see burstable bandwidth sold in 1 gig, 2 gig, 5 gig, and 10 gig, and fixed bandwidth sold in 1 gig and 10 gig
- Improve Security & Reduce the Need for Firewalls: Unlike regular Internet connections, P2P networks are separated from the public internet and thus are not susceptible to the cyberthreats that come with it. Some carriers even offer encrypted P2P connections for additional security.
- Simplify Control and Monitoring: having offices use one line of connectivity eases troubleshooting and speeds up resolution, for instance, problem equipment can be identified and replaced quickly. The caveat being that, as mentioned above, P2P links are unmanaged links; your network engineering team is responsible for troubleshooting and managing traffic.
- Increased Productivity: It goes without saying that a fast, reliable network increases your company’s productivity
Cons of P2P Connectivity
- Scalability: In order to create a multisite WAN with P2P links, you are required to utilize a “meshed” network with links between every site - this gets expensive due to the number of circuits required as your business grows.
- Cost: The cost of a P2P circuit will often cost less than MPLS, but more than Wavelength services. Check out our report on P2P Connectivity Pricing, if you haven't already.
- Unmanaged Circuit: P2P connections are unmanaged, meaning that the carrier is not responsible for prioritizing packets or routing your traffic. As mentioned above, it’s up to your network engineers to manage network traffic management.
Alternatives to P2P Connectivity
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