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Comparing Apples To Marshmallows And Other Tales Of MPLS

  • How do you evaluate bids when products are almost designed not to be comparable?
  • Business Communications Review
  • 11/1/2007
  • Hank Levine, Jim Blaszak, Ben Fox & David Lee

The focus of Customers’ Corner is typically commerce and policy — carrier contract machinations, or key regulatory issues that affect the user bottom line. That said, once in a while we venture into technical subjects, if only to burnish our geek bona fides.This is one of those times.

In the good old days—three years ago—most enterprise data networks were run on frame relay or ATM. But that’s changing rapidly, as large users migrate to Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). Indeed, the carriers have made no secret of their desire to migrate users to MPLS over the next few years, whether or not the users want to go.

MPLS has several advantages.

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