In today’s highly competitive markets, companies expect flexibility and resiliency in the on-demand services available through their cloud service providers. This premise holds true for network infrastructure services like Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) that are expected to be readily available for dedicated and secure high-performance connectivity across a Wide Area Network (WAN). In order to offer today’s organizations the greatest number of features and benefits, MPLS networks must expand beyond traditional single-carrier-operated networks for the ultimate in flexibility and functionality.
MPLS is already the protocol of choice for many enterprises, since it can handle a variety of different types of data streams, like IP, ATM and frame relay. Not only does MPLS provide a multitude of connectivity options for organization, it also utilizes the power of a CSP’s WAN infrastructure to communicate with different sites, saving companies money, and the extra task of having to maintain its own private lines to the Internet. And since the carrier takes care of WAN routing and monitoring, built-in Quality of Service (QoS), support, and Service-level agreements (SLAs), performance levels and reliability are higher with MPLS.
At the rate at which technology is changing and enterprises are growing, the need for a single-carrier MPLS provider has evolved into the requirement for a fully-managed provider. Organizations now need a managed network infrastructure that uses MPLS but is also optimized for real-time communications, centralized applications, and cloud-based services that can be used across the business. Maxxis Application Network is an example of an evolved managed MPLS all-IP network. When deployed, it provides everything today’s organizations require:
- High performance network
- Network security
- Multiple Tier 1 carriers for global coverage and business continuity
- Comprehensive choice of interfaces
- Intelligent application-based routing
- Proactive 24/7/365 network monitoring
- Customer support from Cisco-certified engineers
- An online portal for ease of administration
CSPs like West use virtual private cloud (VPC) services to create separate partitions within the public cloud to meet enterprise needs in the way they require – for key applications and services - and at a reduced cost. Private IP VPN service from a hosted, managed provider combines the security of a VPN connection across a private IP. This setup guarantees high availability, flexibility, and resiliency provided by the managed service provider while giving users access to company apps and data.
Enterprise Demand going Beyond Traditional MPLS
Companies continue to advance their products and services through the use of new technologies. So they need the network infrastructure in place to continue to meet and exceed customer and market demands. To stay competitive, enterprises are looking for MPLS networks that can support new applications and maintain a quick and reliable connection between multiple sites across the WAN. The combination of MPLS and VPC enables organizations to gain access to the services and capabilities they are seeking, with the agility they have come to expect from cloud-based data center services.
Taking MPLS to the Next Level
The next-level networking offered by West’s Maxxis Application Network provides more than basic MPLS solutions. As a fully-managed solution, West provides complete design, configuration, and installation services for a network, customized to meet its unique needs. And with Maxxis, maintenance, support, and upgrades are always included with the final solution. End users have control over routing network traffic to optimize data paths for the best performance and reliability. Enterprises that are rapidly growing, attempting to change with the times, or move into new markets, should partner with West for the flexibility to survive whatever communication challenges they may encounter as the enterprise evolves.
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