MPLS VPN Networks For Business
Discover the secure MPLS network option to create a virtual private network that links your business locations.
By: John Shepler
Businesses with many office locations nationwide have a new secure networking option. MPLS virtual private networks now give you WAN networking capabilities at lower costs than you may be used to paying.
Why MPLS VPN?
MPLS VPNs for the small to medium size businesses and larger distributed enterprises solve the problem of how to interconnect multiple business locations. These locations may be franchises, field offices, warehouses, retail locations, factories, hotels and other buildings. There are two problems to be addressed with any multi-location networking scheme. First is how you reliably and securely link all of the sites together. Second is how you do that cost effectively.
The MPLS Cloud
MPLS is becoming the new standard in private line communications. Previous solutions have included Frame Relay networks and T1 point to point telecom lines. MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching, which hints at its power. This is a system that will transport whatever protocol you require, be that switched circuit telephone calls, enormous data downloads, or broadcast video. It’s a network cloud in the sense that it has the capability to connect any location to any other location. You simply specify what that connectivity is going to be and the network operator takes care of enabling those connections.
It's a Virtual Private Network
An MPLS network can be described as MPLS VPN or Multi-Protocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network. Being a privately run network, it is inherently more secure than a public utility such as the Internet. You can’t get data on or off the network unless you are a customer of the service provider. MPLS is not the same technology as the Internet. Special label switching routers are needed at every ingress and egress point to attach and remove the labels that are used to get data packets where they are intended.
Class and Quality of Service
Another advantage of MPLS networks is that they offer a means to prioritize packets to establish CoS Class of Service and QoS Quality of Service for traffic management. You know that if you send voice or video down the Internet, you are taking your chances on the quality of the real time transmissions. That’s because every packet is treated like every other packet and it’s just your bad luck if some node become congested and disrupts your data flow. As a managed network, MPLS networks can ensure that each packet gets the bandwidth and minimized latency that ensures high quality voice and video transport.
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