Multi-Protocol Label Switching

As voice and data communications continue to evolve, aging technologies such as point-to-point and Frame Relay continue to struggle to adapt to evolving IT (Information Technology) demands and to maximize available bandwidth by converging voice and data. The need to prioritize critical data has become crucial to ensure that real-time and high-priority applications perform at, or above, expectations. MPLS can provide the answers. Voice, data, internet, even video conferencing – all can be facilitated easily and extremely cost effectively with MPLS. And it’s easily scalable to boot – adding additional locations is a snap. Perhaps the best part is that you don’t have to “learn” MPLS – the provider will handle it all for you. Including providing the routers needed to make your new MPLS solution go.

A Reasonably Straightforward MPLS Definition

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a versatile solution to address the problems faced by present-day networks – speed, scalability, quality-of-service (QoS) management, and traffic engineering. MPLS has emerged as an elegant solution to meet the bandwidth-management and service requirements for next-generation Internet protocol (IP)–based backbone networks. MPLS addresses issues related to scalability and routing (based on QoS and service quality metrics) and can exist over existing asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and frame-relay networks. Works with IP, ATM, and Frame Relay protocols – hence the name “Multi-Protocol Label Switching”. 

MPLS technology is also having an impact on the Internet – by prioritizing Internet traffic and the core network more efficiently, quality of service (QoS) and traffic engineering functions can address the performance issues related to emerging Internet applications such as real-time voice and video streaming. Network equipment manufacturers are constantly developing new solutions that solve many of the problems associated with today’s Internet applications. Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is one such solution that has been standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).Benefits of Implementing an MPLS Network:

  • Security. A network solution that protects your company’s sensitive data.
  • Savings. Save as much as 40% or more on network costs vs Frame Relay and Private Line networks.
  • Simplicity. Simplify network management with “any to any” connectivity.
  • Scalability. Easily add new locations. And there’s no limit to how many locations you can have. 

Those are the key points. Unfortunately, it gets painfully technical very quickly after that. Instead of taking the risk of making your eyes glaze over by bombarding you with technical terms and acronyms, we’d like to extend an invitation; if your operation has multiple locations with voice and data requirements, simply give us a call and tell us about your application. If it sounds like MPLS might be a good fit, we’ll explain it to you in terms you’ll understand and show you precisely how it would be of benefit to you. We’d enjoy the chance to discuss it with you.

Many of the carriers we work with specialize in MPLS and it is a great solution for connecting offices who want to 3 or 4 digit dialing between sites. Multi location companies that share information and want to prioritize their information that is sent are a perfect candidate for MPLS.

MPLS quotes available upon request.