The Hive Cloud Broadband

We are big believers is the possibilities and opportunities afforded by The Cloud to enable your company to  meets its IT needs in an affordable and scalable way.  Central to this is the need for a fast and reliable internet connection and, dedicated to providing our customers with the best Cloud experience possible, we are pleased to bring you a selection of broadband and network services that can be tailored to suit your company’s bespoke requirements.

 ‘Cloud-ready’ broadband

Offering line speeds between 10Mbps to 100Mbps (gigabit) to suit all business needs, our ‘cloud-ready’ broadband lies at the heart of our service.

Our broadband infrastructure is fully integrated with all the world’s major content providers (BBC, YouTube, Yahoo etc.) and we have built a relationship with over 200 peer networks to ensure our clients have direct and speedy access to the most data intensive and popular services on the web.

In order to make full use of this high quality service, we provide a user friendly portal that lets you study and control the performance of the individual cloud services your company uses, allowing you to easily decide how best  to deploy your company’s resources.

Some of the additional benefits offered by our ‘cloud-ready’ broadband service that make it a compelling choice for businesses include:

  • Fibre-optic, non-contended business grade internet connection
  • Minimum start-up costs as there is no expensive hardware that needs to be installed or maintained
  • You have complete control over content that passes through your system. This could be useful as, for example, it would allow you to block anonymous peer-to-peer traffic so your company can comply with the Digital Economy Act, or to limit the bandwidth permitted to social networking site users
  • Protection against external threats which can mitigate DDoS attacks.

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

First Mile Ethernet is a fairly new technology which provides the reliability and guarantees of a traditional Leased Line but at a reduced cost. The limit of this technology is that it is only available to businesses that are within a certain distance of the local exchange.

Our EFM service is delivered over multiple copper pairs to provide higher reliability and throughput than traditional single pair DSL connections.  Available in from 5Mbs to 10Mbs options, you data will be delivered via a standard 100Mbps jack on the router, which we will install and manage for you (with 24/7 year round support as standard).

This service includes:

  • Guaranteed symmetrical, uncontended bandwidth to the internet
  • Fixed rental costs with no usage charges
  • Continuous pro-active monitoring for any issues that might affect the service
  • 24/7 year round support with a guarantee that we will fix any fault within 7 hours
  • Unlimited Static IP addresses (subject to justification with RIPE)
  • A fully managed router

Please see our leased line pricing guide for more details.

Fiber Optic Leased Lines

Similar to our ‘cloud-ready’ broadband, but allowing businesses more versatility when deciding how to divide up their bandwidth needs, our Fiber Optic leased lines are the first step towards investing in a truly Next Generation Network. All lines are 100Gbps ready, although your business can choose speeds from 10Mbps as needed, with plenty of room for expansion as your business grows.

When first installed, your leased line will be connected to carrier class internet by default, but the beauty of this system is that you can configure it to suit your business’ needs. By dedicating some of your bandwidth to additional services, such as video, WAN (company network), or storage, you can design a bespoke system that works best for your company.

Highlights of this service include:

  • Fibre-optic connectivity
  • Carrier-class Internet access - unlike ADSL, the amount of bandwidth you pay for is the amount you get with no contention from other subscribers
  • A versatile Next Generation Network, it can be configured to split its capacity so that it can deliver multiple services and applications via secure virtual networks (VLANS)
  • It is fully managed with pro-active monitoring and round the clock support available
  • It is backed up with a 99.9% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA) (with an option to extend this to 99.999% for company’s needing ultra-high reliability)
  • Leased lines are all charged quarterly in advance.

Please see our leased line pricing guide for more details.

Private IP networks

For those companies who need fast and secure internal communication and data connections between geographically distant locations, our bespoke private IP networks are the ideal solution. Using the latest technology to ensure optimal bandwidth performance, service reliability, application stability and minimum network costs, we can build MPLS or VPLS networks using a range of methods (such as ADSL and Ethernet), tailored to meet your company’s requirements.

Once deployed, your sites will be able to communicate securely through the core network. Outside services such as the internet, hosting, and SIP voice and video services can be centralised to allow greater control. This has the added benefit that traffic from critical applications and services can be prioritised over normal traffic to optimise network efficiency.

Direct Site-to-site Ethernet connections

For ultra-high-speed or large data transfers between sites, there is no more reliable solution than having a dedicated Ethernet circuit between locations to provide permanent, uncontended bandwidth.  With speeds of 2Mbps to 20Mbps over copper, or 10Mbps to 100Mbps over fibre-optic connection, direct Ethernet is the easiest and most secure way to stay connected.

If you have any questions or would like to chat about you company’s business broadband needs, we’d love to hear from you. Contact our friendly and helpful sales team now!

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