What really happens when you transmit info over the Internet vs. Layer 2?

You can think of the internet and Layer 2 connections in terms of your daily commute. You know that feeling when you’re late for a meeting and conveniently there’s a huge traffic jam on your regular route?

internet_traffic“No, no, no, NOT TODAY,” so you frantically start going down back roads and weave your way through winding streets to get where you need to go as fast as possible.

But the worst part? Your hustle and maneuvering, while well-intended ends up taking just as much time as if you were to sit and wait in traffic. This is kind of like the internet.

Think of your “late for a meeting self” as data being transferred over the internet and the highway/side roads as the routers trying to deliver you to your destination.

The internet works like this:

  1. Data leaves your computer
  2. It’s sent through a network of carriers
  3. It goes out on your carrier, then chooses the next best carrier in line, then the next and the next, etc. until it finally reaches the intended end location.

Just like a traffic jam, you have no control over the internet. When trying to connect to a cloud server, your data could be taken through a random high latency and overused path and there’s nothing you can do about it.

This is why the best cloud access is actually Layer 2 and not on the internet.

L2 cloud access ensures your data is sent on a completely secure and dedicated point-to-point connection. You avoid the entire carrier-to-carrier process which means you:

  • Control jitter and packet loss
  • Reduce failure points
  • Receive guaranteed speeds
  • Have complete security


Layer 2If the internet is frantically dodging cars in traffic, then L2 connectivity is like a subway system traveling on a dedicated, secure underground track. The subway maintains the same speed, going from Point A to Point B with no failure points and completely unaffected by bad drivers.

iTel also has a strategic partnership with Console, which allows us to create direct-access L2 connections to leading cloud providers and business-critical applications like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Applications, and Microsoft Azure. This means you can bypass the public internet to utilize cloud applications with increased security and more control.

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