Explaining MPLS and its implementation
MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network arrangements can be ideal should you have multiple site / branch locations scattered around the country, whereby you want to connect them up to be able to access and share data readily. Below we are highlighting the differences between traditional point-to-point leased lines and using MPLS network architecture to create the same thing.
Traditional Point-to-Point Architecture Connecting 6 Sites
MPLS Network Architecture Connecting 6 Sites
The point-to-point example shows every site connecting to every other site using leased lines. So, for an organisation with just 6 sites, each location needs to 5 links to connect to each location. In contrast, an MPLS network is formed by connecting each location with a single link which are joined together by ICUK as the ISP. Packets sent from each location are sent with labels to identify it and its destination within the MPLS network.
We can design your MPLS arrangement to use multiple types of broadband technology supplied by ourselves. Line types including Fibre, EFM, GEA, FTTP, FTTC and ADSL are possible. This can provide your business with cost effective communication tools to remote sites where full leased lines are either too much or cost prohibitive.
It is possible to set the path that packets take through the network. You can also apply traffic priority rules based on packet type (eg streaming, web, email, VoIP etc). This can become very useful when congestion exists with your MPLS network ensuring the packets that require priority bandwidth (eg VoIP and video streaming) receive it.
MPLS core networks are designed to overcome individual hardware failure. Should a fault or line disconnection occur, data is re-routed through the next optimum path is downtime spanning milliseconds. This can also apply to backup connections delivered to site (eg fibre leased line failour over FTTC).
Multiple offices connect to an MPLS network through a private network with no Internet facing gateways which means that shared data and applications never leave the business domain. This is supplied without the need to create VPN IP tunnels which is the traditional method of achieving this.
MPLS keeps the number of hops which traffic needs to pass through to a minimum between network points. This helps improve response times and application performance.
In an expanding business, where the number of site locations are increasing, ease of deployment is important. Owing to the wide range of supported broadband technologies we can provide quick deployment or removal of site connections.