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VPLS: An Alternative to MPLS, but Not for All Enterprise Needs

Published: 20 October 2008

ID: G00159819

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch


Several carriers across the globe have launched VPLSs and are often positioning these as a better alternative to MPLS services. This report outlines how to choose between VPLS and MPLS.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Focus on Access Diversity, Not Bandwidth Scalability
  • Focus on End-to-End Performance Guarantees
  • Focus on Geographical Coverage for All Office Locations
  • The Key Value of VPLS Is Provider Independence
  • Bundling Managed Services With the WAN Service
  • Using the Best of Both Worlds
  • Pricing Is Not the Big Differentiator

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