MPLS (Multi-Protocol Level Switching)
This highly-secure, network-based solution is designed to address a company’s crucial need to prioritize critical data. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as the foundation to provide secure and private transmission from end-to-end, MPLS serves as a transport mechanism to move data between 2 or more locations. Being able to connect your corporate headquarters, data centers, branch offices, and remote and mobile workers to each other, and to the applications they need to be productive, makes it easily scalable and highly versatile.
By offering businesses more bandwidth, faster application deployment, lower network operating costs, and more access options than traditional WAN (Wide Area Network) services, MPLS has emerged as a sought after solution to meet the performance requirements for next-generation IP-based backbone networks. Since it’s handled entirely by the provider, Quality of Service (QoS) can seamlessly be configured in your MPLS network to ensure that real-time and mission-critical applications, like VoIP, video conferencing, and order-processing, receive a higher priority than less time-sensitive applications, such as e-mailing and web surfing.
What makes MPLS such an elegant solution is that it allows you to layer in hosted applications such as Local and Long Distance Voice, Internet Access, Firewall, and Anti-Spam/Anti-Virus. With MPLS, all of your privacy concerns are handled in the carrier network, not by your equipment, so moving these applications to the proverbial ‘Cloud’ can keep your sensitive data secure while lowering your cost to manage the network and the associated applications. And with the carrier maintaining and managing all the hardware and software, your IT staff is free to focus on strategic objectives rather than spend time monitoring routers for security updates, patches, and threats. This aspect of MPLS allows a business to run at its full potential by deploying valuable resources to where they are needed most.