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What You Need to Know When Choosing Between MPLS or Ethernet

As establishments depend more on technology, WAN (Wide Area Network) connections keep businesses and overall production running efficiently and smoothly. Organisations require high levels of performance from a computer network over a broad area, crossing regional, national, and even continental boundaries. The two most popular options for WAN providers are MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) and Carrier Ethernet. When deciding which service is best for your organisation, consider the advantages of each connection. Depending on what your establishment requires, some WAN options are more beneficial than others.

Typically, as the most scalable service provider option, MPLS offers Layer 3 MPLS VPN Services. In comparison, Carrier Ethernet services provide Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS). MPLS works most efficiently within its network, with having to extend less work on traffic control, and this can reduce latency and help improve application performance. This connectivity also allows for multiple access technologies, and it can be more easily be completely managed by a service provider. That means having fewer engineers on site and saving that cost.

There are still advantages of using Ethernet connectivity for the WAN. This kind of connection offers multiple configuration options, allows you to identify the routing protocol you want to employ, and provides point-2-point and multipoint solutions to fit the needs and goals of your network. Choosing your WAN can be a difficult decision, especially if you are not prepared or if you do not understand the differences and specific benefits. It’s important to start your research early, and be sure to contact the best service providers in Ireland for more information.



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