MAXIMIZING TRAFFIC EFFICIENCY WITH MPLS
Prioritize Data Traffic Across Your Network
Seamless data connectivity between multiple business locations and geographically disparate networks is imperative. Access One’s MPLS service efficiently and securely connects multiple sites, increasing resiliency and delivering unparalleled performance.
WHAT IS MULTI-PROTOCOL LABEL SWITCHING (MPLS)?
MPLS is a method of routing communication packets that ensures reliable data transfers within a private network and supports dedicated Internet access for each location. Developed as a resource-efficient alternative to Layer 3 traffic routing, MPLS allows data packed to be forwarded across Layer 2 — the switching layer — and is often referred to as “Layer 2.5.”
Here’s how it works: Traditional routers deliver packets of information to the correct location by reading and interpreting the packet’s header. The drawback? Each router must inspect a packet’s destination IP address and consult routing tables to determine the correct route, consuming critical resources and potentially downgrading traffic quality.
MPLS bypasses the need to examine each packet individually by assigning packets with labels called Forwarding Equivalence Classes that send the packets directly to their end locations. Under a multi-protocol label switching framework, the first (ingress) router determines a packet’s entire route, while the final (egress) router removes the label and sends the packet to its destination. All other routers simply read the packet’s label and send it through.
Despite advances in network technology that limit traffic degradation and improve routing efficiency, MPLS remains a popular choice for its ability to secure data, scale on demand and improve quality of service (QoS).
MPLS SERVICE BENEFITS
Multi-protocol label switching solutions offer multiple benefits including:
Improved control of network infrastructure — MPLS offers improved visibility into traffic movement and network behavior, making it easier for IT admins to identify issues and remedy router problems.
Enhanced performance and reliability — By routing traffic through Layer 2, companies free valuable Layer 3 resources, enhancing overall network performance reliability.
Service expansion to more network users — Expanding network connections with MPLS is simplified by a label-based routing process, making it easy to onboard new users.
Network extension to more entities — As mobile and IoT devices become critical business assets, companies must extend existing networks. Multi-protocol label switching reduces the complexity of integrating new network entities.
Establishing data-transporting priorities — QoS for network users depends on prioritization of traffic; MPLS makes it possible to prioritize key packets — such as those for voice or video calls — over other, non-essential traffic.
Convergence of multiple technologies into a single Internet Protocol (IP) network — MPLS technologies are protocol-agnostic, making it possible to create a single IP network or leverage multiple transport types (such as Ethernet, ATM or frame relay) to improve network performance.
Improved disaster recovery through enhanced system access — Using MPLS, companies can link multiple, redundant data centers to limit the risks of unexpected downtime or natural disasters.
MPLS SERVICE FEATURES
Our MPLS networks provide large-scale, truly private, low-latency, high-quality and secure connectivity with data prioritization across wide area networks (WANs). You get:
- Highly scalable and protocol-agnostic MPLS
- Fully managed routers
- Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) designed to deliver seamless MPLS performance
- Data and voice delivery in addition to data-only dynamic circuit delivery
- 24/7 monitoring and support
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