Perfect for businesses that want to extend communications across multiple business locations with fast, reliable and secure connections. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is the network of choice for most mid-sized, large, and enterprise businesses.
What is MPLS?
Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS, is a scalable, protocol-independent transport. In an MPLS network, data packets are assigned labels. Packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of this label, without the need to examine the packet itself. This allows one to create end-to-end circuits across any type of transport medium, using any protocol.
The primary benefit is to eliminate dependence on a particular OSI model data link layer technology, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Frame Relay, Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) or Ethernet, and eliminate the need for multiple layer-2 networks to satisfy different types of traffic. MPLS belongs to the family of packet-switched networks.
Why Would You Use MPLS for Your Network?
MPLS provides advanced IP network, dynamically allocating bandwidth among voice, networking and Internet/data applications to maximize performance. Flexible Virtual LAN routing options allow you to maintain control over your routing and IP address plans.
Benefits of MPLS Networks
Speed: Due to the labeling technology, the speed of performing lookups for destinations and routing is much faster than the standard IP table look-ups non-MPLS routers have to perform.
Scalability: One of the benefits of MPLS is that it combines some of the qualities of physical “nailed up” circuits that were difficult and expensive to scale, with the cost-effective but relatively unpredictable nature of pure IP routing.
Traffic Routing: MPLS works by imposing labels on packets as they leave a customer’s network and enter the MPLS network. Rather than look up IP header information to direct packets, network elements simply read the MPLS label and whisk the packet along to the next hop in a pre-determined path.
Quality of Service (QoS): One of the cited benefits of MPLS is the ability to assign QoS features to traffic. Because MPLS works with a system of labels, customers can determine prioritization levels associated with those labels.
Security: MPLS offers greater security and are often required for companies which need enhanced privacy and security for their network needs. Some industries like the Health Care and Financial industries are examples of industries mandated by Federal law to comply to specific requirements for network security.
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