Frame relay is a means of transporting data to
different locations in your company, or to partners outside your
company that need to communicate. Frame Relay networks are private
Frame relay sends packets of data through a frame
cloud to transmit your company’s information. There are 3
components to frame relay: the access loop, port, and PVC or permanent
virtual circuit. The port is the “gateway” into the
frame relay cloud. Frame Relay port speeds can vary from 56K through
T1, and all the way to T3. The PVC is the path through the cloud
from one port to the next port. PVC’s are sized according
to the amount of data that needs to flow through. A CIR or committed
information rate is the speed that the carrier will guarantee through
its network if congestion occurs.
Each frame relay network offered through the various
carriers has its own set of rules to govern data transport. Open
loop, closed loop, CIR speeds-- What do all these mean when you
are looking at different carriers’ frame relay networks? Depending
on how information flows through your company, there may be several
frame providers that have networks better suited to your company’s
specialized data requirements.
By presenting choices and having an understanding
of your company’s unique data environment and budget, Telecom
Source Group will work with you and your staff to determine the
right frame solution for your company.