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MPLS for Beginners

Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010

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What exactly is MPLS? What can it do for my business?

Let’s leave all the technical jargon out of this blog post. (And no, MPLS isn’t an abbreviation for Minneapolis.) MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching and it can mean big benefits for your business network.

In a very non-technical sense, MPLS is the “one size fits all” solution for your existing network communication methods. It allows different protocols to speak to each other—it’s the “translator” for legacy networks. With MPLS, your Private Line, Frame Relay, Ethernet and/or ATM can all speak to each other through an MPLS cloud. That means your business can invest in this new technology, rather than pouring money into trying to upgrade and add to your older equipment and pipes.

MPLS also serves as the “traffic cop” for the voice, video, data and internet browsing that happens on your network. It prioritizes your traffic flow, so the really important, high-bandwidth services, like voice and video, can travel the pipes without delay or interruption. As the “traffic cop,” MPLS uses packets and labels to make sure that happens. The lower priority traffic, like internet browsing, waits for the high-priority traffic to pass first, then merges into the fast lane.

Other benefits of MPLS:

MPLS can provide a disaster recovery or business continuity plan for your business. (Because of what’s called any-to-any transport, any office location can act as the host site instead of information having to go back to a single, vulnerable host site before it transmits to another office location.)

MPLS gives you control over your network infrastructure with better performance, reliability and efficiency.

It ensures the performance of demanding applications traversing your network.

It supports the convergence of multiple technologies onto a single IP network.

Why should you use SDN Communications for your MPLS service?

SDN’s MPLS service is truly fully-meshed, meaning you save on the amount of bandwidth needed between each location.

Qos, or Quality of Service from SDN, is truly end-to-end. From start to finish, the information travelling your network is prioritized so everything received is as clear and fast as possible.

SDN provides service to any city in the US. We have access to all national carriers for route diversity and better rates for you, our customer.

Our sales engineers define all the necessary QoS and network details so you don’t have to.

For more information about what MPLS can do for your network, visit the MPLS Page on our website.