Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a private networking solution, which allows the data transfer between 2 or more locations. The benefits of MPLS over other data transport services are its ability to manage the sharing of data in a mesh topology, or the absence of a master/slave configuration. Each location is able to share data with any other location connected to the MPLS network without having to travel to a host site first. MPLS is also much less expensive than other data services as it is capable of traversing several data link layer technologies. It does, however require all sites to be serviceable by the same carrier as there is no network-to-network interface (NNI) with this technology.
The key benefits of MPLS include:
- The ability to connect several offices with an efficient data transfer model.
- The ability to pick the most affordable connection type on a location-by-location basis.
- Eliminates the cost of buying and managing ongoing premise-based firewall equipment.
- The ability to prioritize traffic type (QoS/CoS).