Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) allows businesses to enjoy highly reliable connections between multiple locations. No matter where your offices are located, using MPLS, your business will benefit from resilient, secure inter-office connectivity.
What Is MPLS?
MPLS is a high-performance telecommunications data-carrying technique used to connect multiple sites and remote workers. Using an MPLS solution, businesses are able to send data incredibly quickly and efficiently.
MPLS as we know it today was first created in 1997 by the Internet Engineering Taskforce – and was initially deployed in 1999. The technique proved to be highly effective at speeding up networks and shaping network traffic flows, which led to MPLS becoming a popular solution for companies looking to enhance their internal communications networks.
MPLS directs data from one network node to the next using short path labels rather than long network addresses. It does this by assigning each packet a “virtual label”. Like a supermarket barcode, these labels tag packets (or a chunk of data). This makes it possible for a router to tell exactly where a packet needs to go, sending it there directly.
In other words, MPLS labels packets of data so that they reach their destinations much faster.
Because it uses a private network – rather than the public internet – MPLS is the fastest data carrying technique available. This means it can deliver guaranteed performance and so will be more than capable of supporting all essential business processes.
7 Ways MPLS Can Benefit Your Business
Connect Multiple Sites and Remote Workers – MPLS allows you to connect geographically diverse sites and remote workers. This improves communications between employees operating from different locations, which, in turn, increases productivity and, ultimately, profitability.
Reduced Network Congestion – MPLS offers sophisticated traffic engineering options. This means traffic can be sent over non-standard paths to improve efficiency. In essence, this means that your business will experience the most efficient connection possible at all times – enhancing business processes and productivity.
Improved User Experience – MPLS can be engineered for a bespoke customer experience. For example, it can be used to ensure that that time-sensitive traffic – VoIP data, say – is automatically prioritised. This means that the most important traffic gets where it needs to without delay or diversion.
Improved Bandwidth Utilisation – High-priority traffic can borrow capacity from low priority traffic streams where necessary, allowing you to make the most of your connection. This kind of intelligent bandwidth utilisation ensures that you always get the very best from your solution – and that your business is able to continually operate at its best.
Virtually Zero Downtime – MPLS reduces the amount of manual intervention your network provider has to carry out, making the possibility of human error bringing down your circuit negligible. As such, your business can expect to experience virtually no downtime.
Enterprise-Grade Security – Because MPLS creates private connections (i.e., connections which don’t use the public internet) it is highly secure. Additionally, when you choose a good MPLS provider, all infrastructure will be maintained in a leading, highly secure datacentre equipped with the very best physical and cyber-security measures.
VPLS Ready – MPLS can be used to deliver Virtual Private LAN (VPLS) services. This technology supports applications that require multipoint or broadcast access, and delivers low-latency, fast connections via a “pseudo” LAN.
MPLS From Wi-Manx
Wi-Manx – the Isle of Man’s only locally owned telecoms and technology company – is able to provide a variety of MPLS solutions to meet a diverse range of business requirements.
Working with major UK and international carriers, we are able to provide MPLS solutions for businesses based in the Isle of Man, UK and internationally using fibre- and copper-based networks.
Our Heywood House datacentre is the most advanced facility of its type on the Isle of Man. Offering a wealth of redundant power, state-of-the-art security and leading network connectivity, Heywood House is the perfect place to support your MPLS solution – no matter where you are located.
The Heywood House datacentre boasts a range of physical and cyber security features, including biometric access control, high-quality CCTV and advanced fire protection. Additionally, our recovery plans allow you to restore the most critical applications and cloud data after any storage, systems or site failures – as well as natural disasters.
Wi-Manx maintains a highly resilient off-Island MPLS network. The network consists of diverse sub-sea cables, multiple geographic locations, peer with multiple T1 transit providers and is supported by physical hardware with redundant components.
When you choose Wi-Manx for your MPLS solution, you also get access to our 24/7 award-winning support team.
Trained to third-line standards, our expert team work to industry-leading SLAs to ensure that you business enjoys the best possible levels of service. Our expert technical support team have an in-depth understanding of commercial connectivity solutions and will respond to any queries or questions quickly and efficiently.
Our team are able to migrate your business to an MPLS solution incredibly quickly – with a fastest turnaround time of only three days.
Wi-Manx is an IT and telecoms provider offering a complete service for homes and businesses seeking resilient hosted desktop, voice, connectivity (including MPLS), datacentre, managed IT and cloud hosting solutions. To find out more about our solutions, contact us today on 01624 663333 or email email@example.com.