In our effort to help businesses navigate the ever-changing digital landscape to meet their connectivity needs, we often come across legacy private Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) data service. From our experience, we’ve found that MPLS based WAN has 2 major headaches for network administrators:
1. Cost prohibitive: up to 10X the price of typical Internet connections
2. Lack of general availability: coverage issues, local loop installation
A surprising and overlooked consequence we’ve found is that roughly 8% of MPLS based WAN branches aren’t actually MPLS at all – they’re over the public Internet because of reach or high cost. This means almost 1 in every 10 MPLS branches doesn’t adhere to corporate WAN policies (security, application assurance, redundancy, and etc).
To dig deeper into the problem of network consistency, we created a Case Study, “Growing Business Leverages Internet to Achieve Enterprise Class Wide Area Network. ” In this Case Study, we share how Bonded Internet addressed the lack of uniformity by giving the Company a more versatile and cost-effective way to connect all their branches while still providing fully dedicated and secure links over which they can comfortably send mission-critical data. Now, the Company has a consistent network platform that enhances communication and coordination – across 100% of the sites.
We also share our insight on the limitations of MPLS in the Case Study and the 3 key takeaways from examining Bonded Internet vs. MPLS are:
1. Increased Speed: Bonded Internet outperforms a T1-based MPLS in terms of download speed by more than 330%.
2. Lower Cost: Bonded Internet cut total WAN spend by 53% by leveraging readily available Internet connections.
3. Network Consistency: Bonded Internet offers a creative solution to get all the benefits of MPLS, but control costs and maintain uniformity across the WAN.
Businesses can ill afford to underserve a sizable proportion of their branches. The missing 8% we identified demonstrates the inability of MPLS to tailor a WAN solution that aligns with the unique set of needs and challenges of each organization. MPLS is constrained by geography and cost – antithesis of the notion of fluidity inherent in how businesses actually work and collaborate. It’s also opposite of what we believe in.