SD-WAN vs MPLS – what’s the difference?
Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) technology gained popularity almost two decades ago, addressing poor network performance by delivering data via fixed, highly efficient routes. It serves its purpose well, ensuring that business critical information (such as time-sensitive emails or important video conferences) are not subjected to unexpected delays.
While the advantages of MPLS – scalability, improved performance, reduced congestion – are great, it is also costly and inflexible. An MPLS service must be purchased from and configured by a telco carrier and is far more expensive than running data over the Internet.
What about SD-WAN?
Based on software-defined networking (SDN) technology, the application of SD-WAN utilises cloud technology to manage WAN infrastructure. SD-WAN helps organisations quickly realise efficiency gains and cost reduction by intelligently routing traffic over multiple service providers based on connection quality, application type and bandwidth requirements. Read more about the advantages of SD-WAN on our blog.
With SD-WAN implementations gaining momentum, many organisations are questioning the benefits of MPLS, when SD-WAN can efficiently route traffic from point to point.