Monday, May 02, 2011

Top 5 Reasons To Move To MPLS

MPLS is a smart choice for any business's high speed internet and/or digital voice network. Here's just 5 of many reasons why you should move your existing network to MPLS.

1. Cost savings. Depending on the specific mix of applications, and network configuration, MPLS-based services can reduce costs by 10% to 25% over comparable data services (frame relay and ATM). As companies add voice and video traffic, cost savings can rise to as much as 40% networkwide.

2. QOS enablement. One of the primary benefits of MPLS-based services is the ability to support QoS, particularly key for companies that are rolling out voice and video.

3. Improved performance. Because of the any-to-any nature of MPLS services, network designers can reduce the number of “hops” between network points, which translates directly to increased response time and improved application performance.

4. Disaster recovery. MPLS-based services improve disaster recovery in a variety of ways. First and foremost, data centers and other key sites can be connected in multiply redundant ways to the cloud (and thus to other sites on the network). Secondly, remote sites can quickly and easily reconnect to backup locations if needed (unlike with ATM and frame networks, in which either switched or backup permanent-virtual-circuits are required). That’s why several benchmark participants listed “flexibility for business recovery” as a key justifier behind their MPLS rollouts.

5. Futureproofing the network. Most companies have come to the conclusion that MPLS represents “the wave of the future.” Investment in legacy WAN services (ATM, frame) has pretty much come to a standstill: Virtually no companies plan to invest in ATM or frame services within the next six to 12 months. As a result, companies increasingly say they’re planning to migrate to MPLS primarily to avoid being left behind.

Top 5 list courtesy of Network World. Reprinted under fair use.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this was about Minneapolis !

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Conor said...

MPLS is not the wave of the future. I think MPLS is for companies that don't get a large enough pipe or bandwidth to handle the networks traffic. Also, using BGP is a better solution if a network should go down.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, not a very well written article. It appears to be written by a sales drone that has a limited understanding of what the true benefits of MPLS are. Also, MPLS is not a product; it's a protocol. When people refer to MPLS as a service, it adds confusion. It's the same with "cloud". What is cloud?

A MUCH better and technical look at why MPLS is better than Ethernet is available here:

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Chuck Anthony said...

That first comment is hilarious.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when MPLS was only available from Tier 1 providers, companies like AT&T, Qwest, etc -- now it seems like everyone and their brother has MPLS at the core -- but what drives me nuts is all of the salespeople out there selling "MPLS" --- you CAN'T sell MPLS. You can sell T1s w/ MPLS VPNs...but whatever.

There are tons of ways to build a Wide Area Network these days and true consultants are looking at old problems with new solutions that includes IPSEC, VPN, MPLS VPN, vMPLS, and VPLS.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually MPLS is an encapsulation, not a protocol. MPLS is an enabler for different services. The references and comparasin to ATM & F/R makes one think the author has been on vacation for the last 10 years.

12:35 AM  

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