Pros and cons of MPLS

by: Robin Remines

Perhaps you are a Credit Union considering upgrading your telecom infrastructure – maybe you are looking for better performance, more bandwidth or more flexibility. This post provides you the pros and cons of using MPLS technology for credit unions.

Multiprotocol Layer Switching (MPLS) is an extremely scalable mechanism for high performance telecommunication networks used by organizations of all sizes. Why should MPLS be the option of your network of the future? Here is a quick list of all the different types of networks.

Credit Union MPLS allows for inter-connectivity growth of your network with minimal addition of hardware. An Credit Union MPLS network uses communications via a cloud based network with each node connecting to the network providers MPLS cloud. Unlike the point to point connectivity which requires a router interface connection on both ends of the connection while MPLS allows for adding new remote connections without the requirements of adding hardware at your primary site. This allows for growth at a lesser cost as you do not have to add any hardware interface at your primary site once the network is in place.

The benefits of a Credit Union MPLS network are not just restricted to the scalability of the network but it also provides:

  • Improved up-time – By providing alternative network paths
  • Improved bandwidth utilization – By allowing for multiple traffic types to traverse the network
  • Reduced network congestion – By utilizing optional paths for traffic to avoid congestion
  • Improved end user experience – By allowing multiple Classes of Service to different types of traffic such as VOIP
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