PRIVATE NETWORK

MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) networks

for time-sensitive applications
that require guaranteed delivery

What is an MPLS network?

MPLS is a mechanism for routing traffic within the network as data travels from one network node to the next. MPLS can provide Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), traffic engineering (TE) and Quality of Service (QoS).

MPLS is particularly suitable for time-sensitive applications that require guaranteed delivery, and for connecting specific point-to-point locations, like large regional offices, retail facilities with point of sale systems, regional manufacturing facilities, and multiple data centres.

Why an MPLS network?

MPLS is a simple, secure telecommunications solution which has been the mainstay of enterprise and business networks for many years and is proven and reliable technology.

It does not require encryption or special hardware, so can serve as the backbone of cost-effective, secure communications.

Moreover, MPLS is a flexible network solution that allows companies to scale and customise their solutions. With no jitter or fixed latency to worry about, it also provides a consistent user experience.

The arrival of cloud has led to many companies questioning if MPLS is the right infrastructure for future use.

For organisations who have migrated to the cloud the most sensible strategy going forward might be to offload as much MPLS traffic as possible to the cloud, but continue to use MPLS for time-sensitive applications that require guaranteed delivery. 

MobileCorp can help you to debate the pros and cons of MPLS and cloud for your business.

Pros and Cons of MPLS

Pros 

MPLS is a protocol-agnostic routing technique designed to:

  • speed up and shape traffic flows across enterprise wide area and service provider networks
  • be a private network meaning that cardholder data transmitted over an MPLS network does not have to be encrypted
  • support time-sensitive applications that require guaranteed delivery
  • allow for inter-connectivity growth of the network with minimal addition of hardware
  • be extremely scalable
  • improve up-time by providing alternative network paths
  • improve bandwidth utilisation
    by allowing for multiple traffic types to traverse the network
  • reduce network congestion by utilising optional paths for traffic to avoid congestion
  • improve end-user experience by allowing multiple Classes of Service to different types of traffic such as VOIP

Cons

Obviously, with companies shifting more of their applications to cloud hyperscalers, there are some perceived disadvantages to MPLS. These could include:

  • can require WAN optimisation which can be expensive
  • not connected to the public cloud which can increase the cost of cloud access
  • difficult to deploy as programming is needed at the hardware layer and each node must be programmed individually which can be a lengthy process
  • expensive

For organisations who have migrated to the cloud the most sensible strategy going forward might be to offload as much MPLS traffic as possible to the cloud, but continue to use MPLS for time-sensitive applications that require guaranteed delivery.

MobileCorp MPLS managed service

With solution architects and network engineers on-staff, MobileCorp offers a comprehensive suite of MPLS managed services.

As a Telstra Platinum Partner, we can leverage our extensive knowledge of Telstra MPLS solutions including BusinessIP® and Connect IP®.

Services include:

  • MPLS environment consultancy
  • MPLS network solution design
  • network build including on site equipment installation and testing
  • proof of concept deployment and testing
  • existing network audit
  • router supply and configuration
  • managed service including:
    • data routing management
    • network performance monitoring
    • network adds, moves, changes to connections
    • router configuration management
    • reporting
    • technical service desk
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