VPLS Networks for Enterprise Business
VPLS, or Virtual Private LAN service, provides users with multi-point Ethernet technology. It couples the power of IP and the simplicity of an Ethernet network. It has true ‘any to any’ connectivity and easily interoperates with other WAN services.
A VPLS network is typically managed and configured over an MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network. These are the ‘future proof’ networks that many companies are converting to, as frame relay and ATM networks are no longer sufficient and cannot keep up with the demand of today’s technologies. As companies add voice, internet, video and other services onto their networks, they need a system that will help them grow, save them money and offer redundancy, all the while giving them the user ability and response times that people have come to expect.
There are many things that can be done with a VPLS network, that can’t be achieved without having one. Many companies are taking note, as they don’t want to get left behind. Here are 10 reasons to switch to a VPLS/MPLS network:
1) Wide Area virtualization: Projects can be easily shared among users in different buildings because the network thinks they are all on the same LAN. All sites can utilize wide area virtualization.
2) No Stovepiping: As companies add more services to their network, there is no need to add more circuits. VPLS offers a more unified solution, thus remaining cost effective and future-proof.
3) Mask Local Sourcing: VPLS is able to mask the fact that your SaaS services are not being sourced locally. This increases user acceptance and guarantees usability.
4) Disaster Recovery: Servers can be moved dozens of miles away with no interruption of service or even delayed response times, making the transition imperceptible to users. Disaster recovery methods with VPLS means your network will be up and running faster, with little or no outage for your users.
5) Communication’s Room: Customer’s comms’ rooms can be split up and hosted from several different sites, thus extending DR practices.
6) Control: VPLS systems let the customer take control, allowing them to make quick and simple configuration changes. This results in business responsiveness, agility and overall business efficiency.
7) Centralization: Services and hardware can be centralized, removing unnecessary and redundant duplication. This further cuts support and operating costs that were previously thought to be a requirement, based on performance.
8) Converged Services: The core services can be unified, which leads to network efficiencies; however, they are offered as separate physical services on separate cables at the customer location, making VPLS concept simple and easy.
9) Individual Service Levels: Each service is backed by SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) and is assigned their own class of service and service levels. This makes for a more dynamic and efficient environment.
10) Facilitation: VPLS are unique in that they can facilitate the distribution and/or centralization of services that are considered mission critical. They can also help to achieve objectives that are seemingly impossible, such as implementing a business continuity strategy while realizing significant cost savings at the same time.
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