Data solutions

What is MPLS (WAN)?

Vodat can provide a high-performance multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network, which is built across multiple data centres using enterprise hardware and an array of tier-one carriers.

MPLS (WAN) is a mechanism for routing traffic within a telecommunications network, as data travels from one network node to the next.

We use MPLS to provide applications including virtual private networks (VPNs), traffic engineering (TE) and Quality of Service (QoS).

How does MPLS work?

In MPLS, packets are directed through the network based on an assigned label. This label is associated with a predetermined path through the network, which allows a higher level of control than in packet-switched networks.

MPLS routing allow differing QoS characteristics and priorities to be assigned to particular data flows, and operators can predetermine fall-back paths in the event that traffic must be rerouted.

With pure IP (Internet Protocol) routing in a packet-switched network, each data packet could determine its own path through the network – which was a dynamic flow, but not predictable. However, it was very cost effective.

In previous circuit-switched telecom networks, physical wires and T1 lines carried data and voice traffic. That provided predictable routes but was very expensive and difficult to scale because of the need to put in extensive infrastructure.

So MPLS and a similar technology, Carrier Ethernet (CE), have evolved to allow control of network routing, creating paths that act like a point-to-point connection within the network, but are virtual and flexible instead of physical.

What are the differences between carrier ethernet and MPLS?

In general terms, MPLS is a more sophisticated way to control network dynamics and it has greater scalability than carrier ethernet. Both have advantages in cost reduction per bit of data, as compared to traditional transport mechanisms.

Download our product sheet which details how Vodat’s array of data solutions, such as MPLS (WAN), can help businesses achieve their commercial and customer service goals.

To get an idea of what an MPLS managed network could do for your business, read our Boodles case study.

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