December 20, 2016

Stepping It Up: How MPLS Can Help Your Business Deal with Holiday Traffic

With the holiday season upon us, online traffic is increasing as usual to meet the rush. The Akamai Technologies 2015 Trends and Traffic Report found that U.S. online traffic began to climb on November 21st and remained far higher than average until New Year’s Eve. With the peak in traffic also came a surge in cyber-attacks. On the four days following Thanksgiving, U.S. cyber and web application attacks surpassed average levels by 24%. 

It’s important to ensure that your business is prepared for the Holiday Internet surges. There are a variety of Internet solutions to prepare your business, but we think that Multiprotocal Label Switching (MPLS) is the best. 


MPLS has been one of the most successful technologies of the past ten years. By directing data from one network node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, the protocol circumvents complex lookups, improving network performance and security. 

Here are the top reasons why you should consider MPLS to prepare for this holiday season. 

Enhanced Business Internet Connection and Speed
Because MPLS reduces the number of hops between network points, it significantly improves application performance. Its labeling technology greatly increases network speed, as lookups and routing do not rely on the standard IP table lookup of non-MPLS routers. Additionally, in an MPLS network, interrupted connections are restored much more quickly. 

Further, MPLS affords Quality of Service (QoS) that is not a feature of traditional broadband networks, or of public access networks. With this QoS, MPLS offers a far higher performance standard that assures consistency and speed. These underpin the secure and stable operations you need to withstand the risks that are too common with holiday traffic.

Improved Enterprise Network Security
Throughout the holiday season, security is a major concern of all enterprises. MPLS offers a robust security solution that protects businesses in high-risk conditions. MPLS relies on private networks, which have no Internet-facing gateways. Any data that is shared from your site will never even leave your business domain. Further, all MPLS networks store information in secure databases that are only accessible by authorized personnel. 

Access to Complementary VoIP and Ethernet Network Services
While MPLS provides significant performance benefits in and of itself, it can become an even more valuable tool for your business with additional complementary services. Among the technology's many advantages, MPLS serves as a solid foundation for other useful business applications. By adding Ethernet Network Services, VoIP, Data Center, or Managed Security Services, you can fully take advantage of all MPLS has to offer. 

Single Unified Network
MPLS can be used to merge various architectures throughout the network into a core infrastructure across an enterprise. In this way, MPLS can reduce complexity and cost while providing flexibility and agility. Thanks to the lack of equipment required and reliance on the cloud, MPLS often lowers costs for multisite enterprises by 10 percent or better compared to alternative connectivity solutions. MPLS technology can also be used to help enterprises easily increase bandwidth while lowering incremental costs. 

Overall, MPLS improves the quality and speed of network operations, secures against cyber-threats, and reduces complexity and costs. If you’d like to learn more about how your company can migrate to MPLS, read the XO Communications MPLS IP-VPN White Paper

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