Recognized as the industry leader in private wide area networking (WAN) technology, Multi protocol label switching (MPLS) is used to deliver data, voice and video service between multiple business locations and typically provides more bandwidth at lower costs than a traditionally-routed network.
MPLS transcends individual technologies to help increase a distributed enterprises’ productivity and improve business efficiencies by blending the performance and privacy of legacy WAN technologies with the flexibility and cost advantages of Internet-based networks—such as IPSec VPNs.
In a traditional routed IP network, each router makes an independent forwarding decision for each packet based solely on the packet’s network-layer header. Every time a packet arrives at a router, the router has to think through where to send the packet next. MPLS networks carefully control connection paths between locations giving network operators a great deal of flexibility to divert and route traffic around link failures, congestion, and bottlenecks.
Because it’s multi-protocol, MPLS networks can handle nearly any type of digital traffic you can generate including VoIP and TDM telephone, IP video, and packet data. Additionally, MPLS is highly scalable and less complex than its predecessors, which gives businesses more flexibility, less overhead and improved control over network costs. Since the network is shared among many users, your cost is much lower than trying to run your own private meshed network.
From a quality of service standpoint, ISPs are better able to manage different kinds of data streams based on priority and service plan. For instance, those who subscribe to a premium service plan or those who receive a lot of streaming media or high-bandwidth content can see minimal latency and packet loss.
Some of the benefits provided by MPLS include:
- Prioritized/optimized voice, video and data applications
- Nationwide coverage for nearly every business address
- Lower telecom costs
- Reduced transit delays and transaction times
- The ability to divert traffic around link failures and network congestion
- Add new locations quickly
- Enhanced security and simplified disaster recovery
- Streamlined network implementation and management
- One provider, one bill and one point of contact
ACE IT Solutions helps businesses build cost-effective MPLS Networks through our relationships with leading telecom carriers. Contact us today to learn more about how your enterprise and its multiple locations can benefit from an MPLS network.