Comparing Apples To Marshmallows And Other Tales Of MPLS

Levine, Hank; Blaszak, Jim
November 2007
Business Communications Review;Nov2007, Vol. 37 Issue 11, p66
Trade Publication
The article discusses an increase in the use of multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) for business data networks. MPLS systems allow connections without permanent virtual circuits (PVCs), can prioritize network traffic using class of service (COS) markers and segment traffic into virtual private networks (VPNs). COS groups traffic into classes based on service priority and assists in the utilization of defined bandwidths. Comparisons of MLPS systems can be hindered by different forms of analysis and service offered by telecommunication carriers such as AT&T. Pricing models may charge users according to bandwidth or COS functionality.


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