Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a technique that’s used for automatically labelling information packets at the router level. MPLS is what your organization needs to build intelligent networks that are capable of delivering several value-added services over a single infrastructure. MPLS is an economical solution and can be integrated seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, whether it is ATM, Ethernet, IP or Frame Relay. MPLS is independent of access technologies; this makes it possible to aggregate multiple subscribers to MPLS without making any change to their existing environments.
Each router in a conventionally-routed IP network evaluates the incoming packet’s network-layer header and makes a forwarding decision. This means at each hop, routers analyse the packet, and forward using network header analysis. MPLS on the other hand, instructs each router in the network via a detailed table on how to assign a specific Forwarding Equivalence Class (FEC) to each packet. Each router analyzes the packet header just once when it enters the MPLS cloud. From then, the forwarding decision takes its cue from the MPLS labelling. This ensures fast packet transmission between local-local and local-remote nodes.
Most networks have to dig through packets of data to figure out which hops they need to hit along the network. On the other hand, what MPLS does is- it labels all of its data packets. This makes it much easier as your technology will never have to dig through anything. Instead, the label will explain where the packet needs to go thereby it can move along much faster! That’s what your business needs at the end.
MPLS networks can handle specific packets (particular incoming ports, application-traffic-load heavy and so on) consistently. Conventional routing use high-latency routes to route all kinds of packets, slowing down the traffic, while MPLS maps voice or video to low-latency routes. Integration of MPLS application components allows for the development of highly scalable, efficient and secure networks. You can integrate MPLS into any network, including Layer 3 VPNs, Layer 2 VPNs, Traffic Engineering, QoS, GMPLS, and IPV6.
As businesses expand and Cloud and Virtualization services increase, legacy network infrastructure just doesn’t cut anymore. It becomes necessary to upgrade one’s network, and MPLS is the ideal way to speed up information routing and ensure high SLAs and we are here to provide these solutions for your ease and benefit.