Enterprises, regardless of size or industry, have concluded that network consolidation for some or all of their communication applications--voice, video, and several grades of data applications ranging from business critical to general Web surfing--onto a single network is inevitable. The reasons for this consolidation are straightforward. Multiple networks from multiple providers entail redundant and extensive cost components that can be reduced if fewer networks and providers are employed. Further adding to the rationale to consolidate networks is that legacy networks lack the architectural flexibility, means to dynamically prioritize traffic flows, and higher bandwidth levels at economical rates that are needed to accommodate the constantly evolving, geographically dispersed, and increasingly stringent and diverse enterprise communication requirements.
For enterprises that have made the decision to consolidate networks, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a leading technology choice for Wide Area Network (WAN) connections. Even so, an MPLS enabled network is not the panacea for all enterprise WAN requirements. Why this is the case is not the MPLS technology itself, but the limitations associated with a single provider MPLS network deployment.
In this paper, Stratecast Partners will review the limitations associated with a single provider MPLS network and its impact on the enterprise. We will then examine the Global Service Fabric introduced by Virtela Communications (www.virtela.com) and describe how the unique attributes of Virtela's multi-provider network approach overcomes these limitations and provides a "best-of-breed" global MPLS network solution. Read on to learn more.