For years, enterprise-size organizations have been using Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), a type of network transport technology that provides a number of efficiencies and cost benefits in the way traffic is carried over wide-area networks. As is usually the case with such technologies, MPLS has now reached a level of maturity that makes it a viable option for all size businesses that want to connect locations efficiently.
A Single Connection
MPLS enables your business to have a single connection to a provider network from each site over which it can carry all of its voice, data, and video traffic. From that single connection, you can connect to every other company site, with a high degree of reliability and quality of service control.
For companies that are still using voice TDM services and data networks, MPLS offers a significant opportunity for network consolidation – and the resulting cost savings.
Class of Service (CoS) traffic prioritization
Voice over IP (VoIP) is quickly becoming the preferred choice for voice service, and MPLS makes great sense as a transport. That’s because it supplies features that enable customers to dictate which sorts of their traffic get priority over others, a concept known as Class of Service (CoS). Using CoS, a customer can designate real-time service traffic, such as voice and video, to be given a priority path over lower-priority customer traffic such as email and file transfers.
With MPLS, the routing decision is made from the start. The idea is to always choose the fastest route, taking into account any network congestion at that particular time as well as the CoS assigned to the packet. As the packet passes through the network, each router simply passes it along according to the label instructions.