PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: PAET) today announced the availability of its Ethernet Local Loop transport service to support MPLS and Internet services. Ethernet access provides built-in scalability without the need to order additional facilities when more bandwidth is required. Read the rest of this entry »
MPLS is an acronym for Multi Protocol Label Switching. I will try not to get into the boring technical details, but the magic word here is Multi Protocol. Why would you care? If your company fits the profile, an MPLS network can save you money.
With an MPLS network you can combine different types of data (hence the Multi Protocol) onto one network. You can run VoIP, application data like Human Resource Management software, internet access, a secure multi location LAN etc. at the same time over the same network.
Not only can this save you money by combining these different networks into one MPLS network, it also greatly reduces the cost and resources of managing these networks.
To process all these different types of data, an MPLS network uses several Classes of Service (CoS) to ensure the Quality of Service (QoS) by assigning different profiles to different applications. You can imagine that for VoIP, or video conferencing, speed is more important than for email. You wouldn’t care if an email arrived 200 milliseconds later, but such an echo on a phone call sure would be annoying. Thus, by assigning a higher Class Of Service, these packets take priority on the MPLS network. Read the rest of this entry »