Americas

  • United States
tgreene
Executive Editor

Cybera looks to undercut frame relay

News
Nov 11, 20023 mins
Network SecuritySecurityVPN

Cybera, a regional carrier with national aspirations, is rolling out network- and customer-site VPN services at what it says are half the price of frame relay connections.

NASHVILLE – Cybera, a regional carrier with national aspirations, is rolling out network- and customer-site VPN services at what it says are half the price of frame relay connections.

The provider has four services under the name Smart Network that rely on virtual router gear in its network to create fully meshed connections among corporate sites. Called SmartOffice, SmartRemote, SmartDial and SmartVPN, the services are designed to offer an array of network connections for varying business circumstances.

SmartOffice is billed as a frame relay replacement in which customer sites are connected to Cybera’s network via any transport link – DSL, frame relay, private line, metropolitan Ethernet – and the traffic is routed across Cybera’s backbone via Cosine’s IPSX 3500 IP services switch. The switch’s virtual router technology makes it seem as if each customer has its own router within Cybera’s network to direct traffic.

SmartOffice costs $120 to $400 per month, per site, depending on how many sites are connected and what size access link is used. A 190K bit/sec SDSL connection to the service costs $150 per month. By comparison, a 56K bit/sec frame relay connection can cost $200 to $300 per month, per site, plus a per-virtual-circuit fee. The SmartOffice service is fully meshed without virtual circuit fees. Some providers are slashing frame prices in response to competing IP services.

SmartRemote is the same service based on asymmetric DSL links. SmartDial is for users who attach to the network via dial-up Internet connections and whose sessions are protected by IP Security  (IPSec) VPN software running on the PC. SmartVPN is for users who want to use the Internet as the link between sites. Cybera protects these connections with managed IPSec VPN appliances from NetScreen Technologies.

Cybera says it wants to enhance the service by adding more access options, including wireless. It also plans to open sales offices outside the Southeast. It can connect to sites anywhere in the U.S.

Executives from former DSL service provider BlueStar Communications formed the company in February 2001. DSL provider Covad Communications bought BlueStar and ultimately shut it down to escape bankruptcy.

Cybera WAN services

Service provider Cybera offers four options for linking business sites.
Service Price/site/month

SmartRemote

$100
SmartOffice $120 to $400*
SmartDial $25(per user)
SmartVPN $50 plus hardware
*Depends on number of sites, size of connection.