What is MPLS?
Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS, is a technique used for speeding up and redirecting network traffic. MPLS is primarily used to bridge various protocols like Frame Relay, Ethernet, and ATM. MPLS turns data from one network node to another based on path labels rather than long network addresses, which streamlines the more complex method of looking at routing tables.
How can MPLS Network help your business?
MPLS Network is a new and improved way of routing data packets. The name “Multiprotocol Label Switching” comes from MPLS being able to condense packets from various network protocols into one. MPLS was created in the 1990s to cut down on time wasted by routing tables. Most people think MPLS can only be used on private networks, when in fact, they can be used by any service provider.
What does MPLS Network allow you to do?
MPLS Network allows for nearly all packets to be forwarded at Layer 2 instead of being passed up to Layer 3. These packets each receive a label from the ingress router when entering the provider’s network. This allows for all routing switches to forward the packets based primarily on the labels rather than the IP header. The egress router then removes the labels and continues forwarding the packet to its target destination. Labels are used to control which path the packet will travel on. These label-switched paths, or LSPs, let service providers determine the best method for different types of traffic flow within a public or private network.