Gartner Research

Is MPLS Dead?

Published: 17 June 2013

ID: G00252716

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Andrew Lerner

Summary

MPLS is the leading enterprise WAN service and has been widely deployed by networking personnel over the past decade. This research shows how MPLS will continue to play a key role within the enterprise as part of a hybrid WAN architecture.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • As carrier WAN and Internet offerings have evolved, WAN architects have a wider range of services and price points from which to choose
    • The Myth of Low-Cost Internet (Consumer Versus Business Class Service)
    • The Evolution of Access
    • New Carrier Services
    • Internet Service Considerations
    • Managed Services
  • Changing traffic flows resulting from cloud computing require network architects to redesign traditional MPLS WAN architectures to prevent degraded application performance
    • Internet With VPN
    • Enhancing MPLS
    • Hybrid WAN (MPLS With Internet/VPN)
    • Carrier Response
    • MPLS Impact
  • Network designers can now use WAN optimization and WAN path control technologies to bridge the availability and performance gaps between MPLS and Internet/VPN service
    • WAN Optimization Controllers
    • WAN Optimization as a Service
    • WAN Path Controllers
    • MPLS Is Not Dead — It Is a Key Ingredient in Hybrid WANs

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