MPLS or Multi-Protocol Label Switching provides you with a dedicated and private network that can be linked to multiple sites to enable you to share information quickly and securely.
MPLS architecture can however struggle with the agility required by traffic flowing to an often changing variety of destinations such as cloud-based or SaaS sites, or branch-to-branch traffic. As cloud-based, Internet-based and SaaS destinations increase, the efficiency and security of MPLS should be carefully considered against its rigidity and inflexibility.
Another downside of MPLS is bandwidth cost; users also require reliable and secure Internet connectivity. An MPLS architecture is quite an expensive solution to the problem of reliable connectivity and does not address the additional problem of data protection if not implemented correctly.
It is does however, offer excellent quality of service when it comes to avoiding packet loss and keeping a business’s most important traffic flowing. This reliability is especially important in maintaining the quality of real-time protocols, such as Voice of IP (VoIP).
As an alternative, SD-WAN offers several benefits over traditional MPLS networks. Geographic boundaries disappear and key benefits such as visibility, scalability, performance, and control are enhanced. There are no bandwidth penalties and users can easily upgrade by adding new links, with no changes necessary to the infrastructure or network. Another advantage is the ability to mix and match network links according to content type or priority.
Also SD-WAN is more secure as the architecture benefits from end-to-end encryption across the entire network, including the Internet. All devices and endpoints are completely authenticated, thanks to a scalable key-exchange functionality and software-defined security.
The decision may not be simple; we offer both technologies and can provide the necessary expert help and guidance to enable you to make the correct one.