MPLS – Multiprotocol Label Switching

MPLS (*Multiprotocol Label Switching) MPLS (*Multiprotocol Label Switching) is highly scalable and less complex than its predecessors, businesses gain more flexibility, less overhead and improved control over network costs.  The key thing to remember about MPLS is that it’s a technique, not a service — so it can be used to deliver anything from IP VPNs to FTTC, or even to provision optical services. So although carriers build MPLS backbones, the services that users buy may not be called MPLS, it can be called whatever the carriers decide.

With an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), the first time a packet enters the network, it is assigned to a specific forwarding equivalence class (FEC), this is indicated by appending a short bit sequence (the label) to the packet.  Each router in the network has a table indicating how to handle packets of a specific FEC type, so once the packet has entered the network, routers do not need to perform header analysis.  Instead, subsequent routers use the label as an index into a table that provides them with a new FEC for that packet.

 MPLS makes it easy to reroute traffic priorities on the fly, or add new locations to the network whenever you need.

  • Prioritize/optimize voice, video and data applications
  • Mix access types to lower telecom costs
  • Reduce transit delays and transaction times
  • Divert traffic around link failures and network congestion
  • Add new locations quickly
  • Enhance security and simplify disaster recovery
  • Streamline network implementation and management
  • Share a network-based Internet access port without provisioning separate access circuits
  • 100% committed bandwidth with money-back service level guarantees on most access types
  • One provider, one bill and one point of contact

Do you need an MPLS? (Multiprotocol Label Switching)

  • If convergence is on your planning horizon, or are you already engaged in a convergence initiative?
  • Is your organization highly distributed, with lots of low-to-medium bandwidth sites?
  • Is your organization global?
  • Does your organization see technology as a competitive differentiator?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you’ll almost certainly want to move ahead with an MPLS.