Most companies find themselves continually challenged to keep up with evolving technologies and the many tools needed to match the rapid pace of business. But while these tools foster productivity in the office, they also must be available to those workers on the go. With increased mobility comes the need to keep everyone connected, regardless of what device they use, their access method, the task they need to perform, or where they are doing it from. Today’s workers need immediate access to the full suite of those business tools.
Fortunately, today’s U.S.-based and multinational enterprises have better options for keeping employees, applications, and customers connected. As an April 2012 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consultingon behalf of AT&T pointed out, many multinational companies (MNCs) are taking a close look at MPLS IP VPNs for their global WAN needs.
MPLS IP VPNs are emerging as the networking technology of choice for many reasons. To start, earlier cost barriers are quickly eroding, more clearly revealing MPLS’s benefits. In fact, while MPLS’s advantages are numerous, the majority of them fall under two overarching ideas: a single point of access and complete network flexibility.
In order to provide a more comprehensive perspective of MPLS IP VPNs, I’ve put together an overview of some of most compelling advantages and attributes they offer:
A single, secure IP network — Connect disparate global locations over a single, highly secure network. MPLS provides a single gateway for everything from technologies like VoIP, Unified Communications, and advanced data and video applications, including teleconferencing and telepresence.
Complete flexibility —
MPLS allows virtually anytime, anywhere, any device, connectivity. It enables access to public and private clouds in addition to conventional IP network functions, such as Web.
Fully scalable — MPLS IP VPNs are designed to scale quickly as needed.
Cost-effective to deploy — Early adopters faced a higher point of entry cost than most companies experience today. Coupled with the elimination of the need to deploy multiple networks, this creates significant cost savings.