Gartner Research

Is MPLS Dead?

Published: 17 June 2013

ID: G00252716

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Andrew Lerner


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


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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