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MPLS MESHTechnology is constantly advancing and enterprises are always on the lookout for solutions that deliver higher value, reliability, and scalability. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is one such technology that many businesses have adopted as a more cost effective replacement for existing circuits. Beyond reducing costs, MPLS also offered the additional benefits of prioritizing voice traffic with Quality of Service (QoS) to improve VoIP quality, simplifying network complexity, and strengthening disaster recovery and business continuity setups.Multi-location enterprises can see added value in using MPLS to connect distributed offices with a fast, secure, and cost effective network. However, these organizations also face the problem that not every MPLS carrier offers coverage in every area. Even when one carrier does offer full coverage, there are often points in the network where that carrier does not offer the best quality or price.
To solve this problem, larger enterprises with the necessary IT staff and budgets have attempted to combine MPLS services from multiple carriers. Yet this approach brings with it another set of challenges, including the complexities of managing multiple vendors with inconsistent Quality of Service (QoS), traffic prioritization, Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and network performance guarantees. Therefore, while merging MPLS services has technically been possible, it usually means a large headache for the enterprise that attempts it. The increased complexity of managing the solution can also result in additional IT expenses that partially or entirely consume any savings.
Despite these issues, the idea of bringing together different MPLS services is still a good one. The way to avoid the challenges that occur when implementing it at the enterprise level is to have a service provider handle the meshing of different carriers. A provider is much better positioned and has the resources, relationships with carriers, and technical knowledge to bring together and manage multiple services. A distributed enterprise is therefore able to get a single, integrated MPLS solution with consistent QoS and a single point of contact since the service is delivered by one provider. This approach provides all the benefits of implementing a meshed MPLS solution without any of the complexities for the end-user business.