Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
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Overview: Today's enterprises are faced with a number of network-related needs that are challenging from a technology and a financial perspective. Organizations are looking for proven, cost-effective solutions to:
• Create and improve disaster recovery infrastructures
• Replace outdated hub-and-spoke architectures
• Meet increasingly complex network requirements
• Prioritize applications, such as VoIP
• Maximize performance while minimizing costs
Your enterprise might have one or many of the needs listed above and may be in the midst of evaluating solutions to meet your goals and objectives. One of today's hot topics for network and application executives to help meet these growing demands is Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based/private IP networks. Private IP networks-generally MPLS-based, but not exclusively-are rapidly growing in popularity for medium- to large-sized enterprises across a wide range of industries. Benefits for adopting these networks include the ability to prioritize bandwidth by application, the potential for automatic redundancy, and the value of a fully meshed network with less complexity and cost.
Many white papers describe technically how MPLS works-down to the details of configuration across different Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) types, but before you understand the inner workings of the technology, determine if migrating to MPLS is the best decision for your enterprise. Investigate the key business reasons your enterprise might consider a private IP network, as well as the issues you must monitor and manage to make MPLS a success.