MPLS and Carrier Ethernet: Service - Connect - Transport

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Executive Summary

Modern small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) share information and applications securely and privately between locations implementing innovative, productivity enhancing IT services and applications with reduced costs, while simplifying the complexity of connecting multiple business locations and remote users. But more robust, flexible and cheaper connections are needed. MPLS-based VPN technology is the most viable SMB network solution by virtue of performance, versatility and lower network total cost of ownership (TCO). MPLS has delivered secure broadband access and managed network solutions that enable SMBs to connect their business locations to each other - as well as to the Internet, business partners, mobile users and teleworkers - while supporting today's demanding new applications. They have come up with cost-effective, enterprise-class WAN services. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) also relieve SMBs of the burden of network management and security, to allow them to focus on their core business by offering those help desk services, powerful and easy to use on-line self-service portals, and a selection of managed service options to meet all their networking needs. MPLS has emerged as the best available technology for use in 'future-proofing' networks. It works with IP, ATM and Frame Relay protocols and allows end-to-end circuits to be created across any type of transfer medium, using any supported protocol, combining the performance of high-speed legacy WAN technologies with the flexibility and cost advantages of IP-based networks.

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