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Know When, How and Why to Use VPLS With or Instead of the MPLS Network

Published: 27 February 2013

ID: G00246594

Analyst(s): Danellie Young


Although VPLS is unlikely to completely replace MPLS, it's a mature service that can provide value. Enterprise IT leaders, network managers and stakeholders should use these guidelines to understand when, how and why VPLS should be used instead of or in concert with MPLS.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use VPLS for WAN Infrastructures With Large-Bandwidth/High-Capacity Port Speeds and Greater User Flexibility
  • Leverage VPLS for Its High-Bandwidth Connectivity, Legacy Protocol Support and Flexibility
    • VPLS Profile Client
    • MPLS Profile Client
  • Weigh All VPLS Support Costs
  • Deploy VPLS Selectively With Other WAN Services, Including MPLS

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