MPLS & PWAN
Scalable, private, connections between your offices and beyond into the internet
What does an MPLS / PWAN do?
A MPLS is often referred to as a PWAN provides a secure, scalable and private network that connects multiple premises and home workers. These solutions from Southern Communications create a private cloud with data circuits between each site, connecting each site, but with no internet access. An MPLS/PWAN, a bit like a giant LAN, connects multiple sites and only allows data traffic to route between these sites. From the Southern Communications central position all the sites access the internet, just like PC’s on a LAN.
Now for the techy bit – MPLS/PWAN works by tagging the traffic with an identifier (a label) to distinguish the route to send the traffic, i.e. to which site. When a packet is received, the router uses this label called Layered Switched Path (LSP) and sometimes also the link over which it was received, to identify the route. It then looks up the LSP in its own forwarding table to determine the best link over which to forward the packet and the label to use on this next hop.
A different label is used for each hop which is chosen by the router or switch performing the forwarding operation. This allows the use of very fast and simple forwarding engines, which are often implemented in hardware.
Ingress routers at the edge of the MPLS network classify each packet potentially using a range of attributes, not just the packet’s destination address, to determine which LSP to use. Inside the network, the MPLS routers use only the LSP labels to forward the packet to the egress router
An MPLS/PWAN can use every type of data circuit from an ADSL to Fibre Ethernet and our team of experts have will help you design your MPLS/PWAN with the right connections for each site, dependant on the usage requirements.
To ensure the on-going benefit of your MPLS/PWAN we provide fully managed network connections, firewalls, routers and offer co-location and data centre hosting services in our UK data centres to secure your servers and applications.
Southern Communications are committed to providing the best connectivity for your business. Our consultants will discuss the needs of your business and the services available in your area and make recommendations to provide you with a cost effective, future proof connections.