Augmenting MPLS Links

Are the cost savings found within a dual-broadband solution making you consider a switch? If so, you are not alone, many organizations are looking to utilize broadband (DSL, cable, wireless) for MPLS redundancy and offloading in order to realize significant cost savings and 99.999% uptime.

Take for example a typical MPLS T1 connection at a cost of $1000-1200/month per site and compare that to the cost of a high-end broadband connection, with a cost of less than $200-300/month. Even with two of these connections one would save $500/month on average per site by replacing their existing MPLS connectivity.

Advantages of Dual-Broadband vs MPLS

While MPLS does provide significantly better quality of service between sites, what a broadband solutions lose in QoS it more than makes up for in overall speed. The average broadband cable connection delivers at least 5Mbps of bandwidth vs the average MPLS connection of 1.5Mbps. The added bandwidth ensures that critical applications like voice and video have the bandwidth needed to provide a consistant stream between sites.

For realtime services (like VoIP) jitter is always a concern, especially when connected via standard Internet connectivity, however hosted VoIP services have been around for years now, and all of them leverage standard Internet connectivity to deliver their services.

Plus, a multiple broadband solution comes with network reliability that MPLS just can not touch. MPLS is typically delivered via a single WAN link, but broadband provides numerous service provider and medium options to choose from which provides the greatest level of WAN redundancy.

How much will MPLS replacement save me?

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