Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Is MPLS A Good Choice For Your Voice/Data Network?

MPLS over copper is nothing more than a "cloud" network where you're two or so hops away from your neighbors and your connections are controlled by the ISP. The premise is a more cost effective approach of tying together multiple locations usually via a T1 or maybe DS3 backbone. It's actually more of a VLAN approach than a VPN.

A better option that is coming in the near future is taking part in a Fiber MAN, which any local/regional fiber provider can give. Multiple locations in the same geographic region will be able to take part in a Fiber MAN and simply scale their bandwidth up and down according to each location's needs. This gives a secure, scalable high-speed connection with a minimum of configuration.

However, in most cases MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a good choice for a multi-location business network. The cost efficiency itself over other alternatives makes it very attractive. Plus .... MPLS is already available most everywhere. While other potential alternatives are generally geographically limited.

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