Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

MPLS for Scalability, Quality of Service, and Manageability

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is one of the most innovative and flexible networking technologies on the market today. Already a mature and proven technology, MPLS has several major advantages. The technology can work with either IP, ATM, or frame relay; and it also forwards packets at the switching layer (rather than at the routing layer) for much greater efficiency.

MPLS networks are particularly useful in establishing highly scalable and widespread virtual private networks (VPNs) that require a high degree of quality of service (QoS) and superior manageability. A perfect technology for connecting multiple remote locations, MPLS is an elegant solution that simply appends a short label to each data packet with destination information. Doing so is the first step in creating the VPN, and also has the desirable result of speeding up traffic. Because the information is contained in each packet, there is no longer any need for a router to look up destination information for each one.

Independence for Your Network

The multiprotocol nature of MPLS is one of its greatest advantages. Worried about having to undertake a major forklift upgrade? Don’t be. MPLS works with your existing infrastructure. Whether you have a pure IP network, ATM, or something else, multiprotocol label switching can fit the bill and enhance your networking capabilities. And as a multiservice environment, MPLS can be used for carrying multiple types of traffic, including voice, data, or video. There’s no need for multiple, separate networks. It’s all about choice. You will enjoy the advantage of superior scalability with an MPLS network, allowing you to connect remote sites around the country. And lastly, MPLS technology allows for many statistics and metrics to be gathered regarding network traffic, which can be used for trend analysis and planning to ensure that your network is always operating efficiently.

Securing Your MPLS Network

The many MPLS advantages must be carefully weighed against the security consideration. The MPLS protocol itself does not by itself allow for security as the data crosses the wire, and for this reason, many companies choose to deploy MPLS along with IPSec VPNs to gain the greatest advantage. The MPLS technology provides the greatest amount of highly efficient site-to-site connectivity, while the addition of the IPSec VPN over MPLS allows you to add robust security features such as encryption and authentication.

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