MPLS stands for Multiprotocol Label Switching and it is used in designing and routing wide area networks (WAN). The technology directs data from one node (locaiton) to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses. This allows the routers at each branch avoid complex lookups in a routing table. This technique improved the speed of traffic flows on your network.
In MPLS, data packets are directed through the network based on an assigned label. The label is a predetermined path through the network, which allows a higher level of control than in packet-switched networks. MPLS routing allow traffic prioritization or Qos (quality of service) characteristics and priorities to be assigned to particular data flows, and operators can pre-determine fallback paths in the event that traffic must be rerouted. MPLS gives IT managers more flexibility and control of their network traffic allowing them to prioritize certain packets such as voice or video in the network.
Benefits of an MPLS network
- Improved up-time – By providing alternative network paths and private connectivity.
- Improved bandwidth utilization – By allowing for multiple traffic types to traverse the network.
- Reduced network congestion – By utilizing optional paths for traffic to avoid congestion. Guaranteed throughput due to private connectivity rather than Internet.
- Improved end-user experience – By allowing multiple Classes of Service to different types of traffic such as VOIP.
- Scalability – It is easy to add an additional site or to upgrade to higher bandwidth. There is no need to configure a complex mesh of tunnels, as is common with some traditional approaches.
MPLS networks enable businesses to converge business applications onto a single private network across locations. The fully-meshed architecture creates a site-to-site connection that avoids the bottlenecks and bandwidth demands inherent in outdated hub-and-spoke models. An MPLS network is a cost-effective technology that delivers predictable application performance, advanced security, and scalability, making it an ideal solution for multi-site businesses.
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