Short for Multiple Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a technique that can be used to deliver anything from IP VPNs to Metro Ethernet services, or even for provision optical services. It is a technique that is used at large by companies to connect data networks and to carry digital voice and high-speed data on a single connection. It was basically designed to match the increasing needs of companies thus offering them flexibility to divert and route traffic around link failures, congestion, and bottlenecks. MPLS is a reliable system that offers high performance, network efficiency and allows companies to cut on their overall bandwidth costs.
MPLS service is extremely popular among businesses because of its ability to allocate priority packets by carrying voice traffic thus making it an ideal option for carrying VoIP calls. Unlike traditional IP networks MPLS has the ability to label data packets and allow the router to choose where it will go next without regarding its actual content. This product also helps in increasing the speed of the process of routing by labelling each network on individual packet once it arrives on the network. This product works by stocking information on different packets thus increasing the efficiency by lessening the load on the organization’s routers and liberating needed resources.
Some of the advantages that MPLS has are that it offered a solution to the problem of bridging multiple disparate protocols such as Frame Relay, ATM and Ethernet. It makes use of an encapsulation technique providing internetworking between different technologies, coupled with signaling protocols necessary to discover, configure and manage connectivity. In addition to signaling protocols, MPLS uses resiliency protocols, such as Fast Re-route and Bi-directional Fault Detection, to determine failures and in turn switching to standby links. The inbuilt advantages of MPLS VPN are most visible in circumstances where configuration of real-time traffic is preferred over data packets which do not necessitate the same amount of priority or speed.
In addition to the above mentioned reasons, cost reduction, integration of voice, video and data services, MPLS’s flexibility, high availability and multi-service are some of the reasons that makes it necessary for companies to deploy MPLS in their organizations and enjoy its advantages. Convergia is one of the leading service providers of MPSL. They specialize in finding the right bandwidth solution for your organization to reduce the organizations capital and operating expenses.