Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) has emerged as the technology which all major carriers have chosen to move data through the core of their networks. With MPLS, carriers only have one network to manage instead of several different technologies like frame relay, ATM and SONET. Network managers have more control with rerouting traffic to avoid congestion or link failures.
Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a term with broad meaning but basically applies to a network connection that provides private transmission from end-to-end. VPN can be created by the customer owned equipment (you do it) or by the carrier (they do it for you). MPLS is a form of VPN.
What does that mean for you, the business owner? MPLS is easier to set up and manage and less expensive for you to connect to locations outside your local area. MPLS replaces expensive private lines which were priced based on distance. With an MPLS network, your business can establish a price for a port size (T1, NXT1, etc) and know that price will be the same everywhere in your network.
MPLS also allows you to run real-time applications like voice and video across the WAN. Quality of Service (QoS) can be configured in your MPLS network to reduce latency and give priority to these time-sensitive applications.
What’s cool about MPLS is that it allows you to layer in hosted applications such as Local and Long Distance Voice, Internet Access, Firewall, Anti-Spam/Anti-Virus, Unified Messaging and Contact Center. Moving these applications to “The Cloud” can lower your cost to manage the network and the associated applications. Since the carrier maintains all the hardware and software you never worry again about patches and updates.
And with MPLS all of your privacy concerns are handled in the carrier network, not by your equipment. This aspect of MPLS allows your IT staff to focus on strategic objectives rather than spend time monitoring routers for security updates and threats.
Before you renew your current WAN contract, call us and play the “What If?” game. What if you could do this or do that? We’ll show you what different carriers can do to make your business network do more than you may have thought possible or affordable.
Refer to the MPLS Toolbox on the right side of this page for a sneak peak at some of the latest ideas from the carriers we work with.
MPLS service providers include: