The coming decade will see enterprises employ a wide range of commercial software, cloud, and mobile IP-based applications. This deployment will raise the importance of having robust WAN IP-connectivity solutions that include the use of more on-demand network resources.

Enterprises are evaluating and adopting hosted or cloud WAN solutions for selected applications, such as Voice over IP (VoIP), Unified Communications, storage, and video.

Communication service providers, or CSPs, with advanced Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks that enable a flexible MPLS VPN service, will be well-positioned to deliver a broad and compelling range of enterprise class IP-based services, including virtual private cloud-based services.
Enterprises’ expectations for service quality for their MPLS VPNs are becoming increasingly important as applications, such as VoIP, are delay sensitive and require lower latency. To execute Class of Service (CoS), an enterprise must identify its most business-critical or delay-sensitive applications and then assign priorities through CoS settings.

But what about the other cloud-provided services?  Since time sensitive applications like VoIP have the most prioritized CoS, then those other cloud-based services will take a back seat to security and latency concerns, right?

Wrong.  Enterprises will have the benefit of bundling a suite of managed MPLS VPN services and emerging on-demand private cloud services to meet their changing networking needs and enable business agility when they choose a communications service provider that offers the flexibility of offering both.  Here is a brief video from Nav Chander, Research Manager, Enterprise Communication Services, IDC, that summarizes delivering virtual private cloud services more effectively via MPLS-VPNs.

Is your enterprise ready for managed MPLS VPN services? How will you take advantage of the cloud?