First of all, let’s get one thing straight: The Multi protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is actually not a service but an IT technique. Its main objective is labeling data packets. In a traditional routed IP network, each router makes an independent forwarding decision for each packet based solely on the packet’s network-layer header. Therefore, a router will have to decide on a packet’s next destination whenever it arrives at the router.
When the data packet reaches a network, it is allocated to a forwarding equivalence class (FEC) with an attachment of a label. All routers have a memory table in handling a specific FEC type. Therefore, routers do not need to scan every data packet entering the network. In this case, it uses the label as an index into a table that provides them with a new FEC for that packet.
This will allow the MPLS network to handle information packets with unique features. For example, transporting from specific ports or steadily carrying information of specific application types. The data packets carrying real-time components like voice or video can be mapped to low-latency routes across the network – a challenge for normal routing.
Five reasons to move to MPLS
MPLS-based services are able to reduce cost between 10% to 40% with the addition of voice and video traffic. This is all depending on the application and network arrangement.
One of the main benefits of MPLS is that it is able to support the Quality of Service (QOS). This is the network’s ability to provide better service to selected network traffic over various underlying technologies like Frame Relay, ATM, IP and routed networks etc. It is particularly important for companies that are rolling out voice and video.
Because of the any-to-any nature of the MPLS, network designers can reduce the number of “hops”. This is a path whenever information packets are passed to the next network device, between network points which translates directly to increased response time and improved performance.
MPLS-based services improve disaster recovery in many ways. One, is that data centres can be connected in several ways to cloud computing. Thus, they connect to other sites on the network too. Secondly, remote sites can quickly and easily reconnect to backup locations if needed; unlike with ATM and frame networks, in which either switched or backup permanent-virtual-circuits are required.
Future Proofing the Network
MPLS is the “new wave of the future”. Investment in legacy WAN services (ATM, frame) has pretty much come to a standstill as companies cease to invest in ATM or frame services within the next six to 12 months. Presently, to stay competitive in business, more and more companies are migrating to MPLS.
Global ITN and MPLS
Global ITN provides scalable high-performance connectivity using Multi-Packet Label Switching (MPLS); a private connectivity service which uses Virtual Private Networking (VPN), Traffic Engineering (TE), Quality of Service (QoS), Any Transport over MPLS (AToM).
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a packet forwarding mechanism that optimises data forwarding decisions using short labels to increase routeing speed and efficiency. In fact, this facility allows for secure communication of performance sensitive applications across geographically dispersed business units. The MPLS platform protects corporate data thus maintaining business integrity as your data traverses your private network.
The role of Global ITN as your trusted MPLS partner and expert networking provider is to customise an efficient MPLS solution based on your unique business requirements. This solution would ensure a high-performing, transparent and connected platform that becomes the backbone for uniformed application access across all your corporate premises and devices. Architectural principles govern Global ITN’s MPLS solutions. These lay the essential foundations for business scalability. This reliable platform provides the fundamental structure. It allows for flexibility and growth. It is essential when it comes to office relocation, corporate expansion and/or business acquisitions