Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), once the sole domain of major corporations and telecom carriers, has gone mainstream. MPLS enables companies to converge voice, video and data on a single network. As carriers look to phase out legacy WAN services with MPLS technology, businesses who adopt MPLS will not only be ahead of the curve financially, they will also be positioned to embrace growth.
MPLS offers enterprises many benefits including prioritized network traffic, predictable application performance, and built-in Quality of Service (QoS). Because MPLS is highly scalable and less complex than its predecessors, businesses gain more flexibility, less overhead and improved control over network costs. In contrast to the hub-and-spoke or meshed Frame environments, MPLS's fully meshed architecture improves site-to-site performance, minimizes delay and jitter, and eliminates the additional bandwidth demands placed on the host in order to support all network traffic. Instead, traffic, such as VoIP, takes the shortest path possible to get to its intended destination.
This paper details how MPLS-based WAN services help organizations to reduce costs, increase productivity, support more applications, and ramp up security.1f41