MULTI PROTOCOL LABEL SWITCHING
MPLS is technology designed to set and manage labels in packets that indicate destination and prioritization, allowing larger packets to be sent first. MPLS technology means you can enable better performance and efficiency when managing and prioritizing corporate data (e-mail), voice ( VoIP )1 and video applications, as well as the flexibility, to move information from one location to the next. The exponential growth of the Internet over the past several years has placed a tremendous demand on the service provider networks. Not only has there been an increase in the number of users but there has been a multifold increase in connection speed, backbone traffic, and newer applications. Initially, common data applications required only store and forward capability in a “best effort” manner. Unique applications like voice multimedia traffic and real-time e-commerce applications are pushing toward higher bandwidth and better guarantees, irrespective of the dynamic changes or interruptions in the network.
MAIN ADVANTAGES TO MPLS WHEN COMPARED TO WAN² ( WIDE AREA NETWORK ) METHODS
● Private lines costs are often much higher because of the mileage charges for crossing lata3 and state boundaries. MPLS is not distance sensitive; MPLS, in most cases, for the same bandwidth, is between 20% and 40% less than traditional WAN designs. Save money OR get more bandwidth with the same budget
● MPLS provides COS4(Class of Service) throughout the network, significant when companies are planning on implementing VoIP services across their WAN. MPLS provides an “any to any connectivity” allowing for more efficient transfer of traffic
Here are some of the main reasons for implementing MPLS:
● Reduce costs or increase bandwidth for the same price
● Improve network throughput and reliability
● Allow implementation of VoIP service between corporate locations now or in the future
● Allow for mobile access to your private network through Smartphones and other devices
WHICH MPLS CARRIER IS BEST?
Let us help you decide. We will meet with you and discuss your business needs, show you the pros and cons of different MPLS carriers ( not all MPLS networks are created equal), and walk you through the selection process. Once you've decided on a carrier, we'll work with you to design the network, identify cost-savings, placing your order, project manage and work directly with the carrier through implementation, all the while, you can continue to do what you do best, run your business.
1. VoIP - Voice over IP is the process of making phone calls using broadband internet connection instead of a phone line
2. WAN – Wide area network is an internet or network that covers an area larger than on building or campus
3. LATA – Local access and transport area is a term used to describe a geographical area in which technology service are present
4. COS –Class of Service is a way to group similar types of traffic together and treating each class with its level of service priority