Frame-relay switch

Hello Experts,

I was doing a video on Frame-relay and I know it is in the text books. Has anyone seen the frame-relay switch in the real world and where is it kept usually. I was interested to know about this technology for a while specially the point to multipoint configuration but I am not sure where is it used and which industries use it.

It says if you have a head office and Branches it can be used there. What speed does it support ?

I will move it into other WAN technologies and see what is really used for small businesses. Please assist as I just need to get clarity on what is used now adays.
Thanks,
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Ken BooneNetwork ConsultantCommented:
So the frame relay switch went in the COs and distribution points in a providers backbone.  A connection was made from the customer premise to this frame relay switch.

This technology was popular about 12-17 years ago and had a good run for a number of years.  There are very few customers that use frame relay technology anymore.  It has been surpassed by other technologies such as MPLS and metro ethernet.  

At least here in the US frame relay is not used much anymore.
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Jermaine BhoorasinghJr. Operations EngineerCommented:
Frame relays normally utilize T1 and T3  circuits, also this more a aged technology and most mid-large organizations are choosing MPLS instead.

For a small business this option maybe too costly.  Most small business opt for a Site-2-Site VPN.
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thank you Ken.

Jermaine,

When you say Site-2-Site VPN in cisco what technologies do you use to have site-2-site?
In MPLS network do you still do Site-2-Site vpn configuration?

Thanks,
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Ken BooneNetwork ConsultantCommented:
He is referring to a site to site IPSec VPN tunnel across whatever your internet connections are.  In MPLS, you have a private network like you do in frame relay so it is not necessary to have an encrypted vpn.
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